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Thiruvananthapuram Central railway station

Thiruvananthapuram Central
തിരുവനന്തപുരം സെൻട്രൽ
तिरुवनंतपुरम सेंट्रल
Indian Railway Station
Central Station
Thiruvananthapuram Central Station main building.
Location Thampanoor, Thiruvananthapuram, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Elevation 6.740 metres (22.11 ft)
Line(s) ThiruvananthapuramKollam - Kayamkulam, ThiruvananthapuramKanyakumari, Thiruvananthapuram-Punalur-Erumeli via Nemom, Nedumangad
Platforms 12
Connections Taxi Stand,Pre paid Auto service, Thiruvananthapuram Central bus station of the KSRTC
Structure type Standard (on ground station)
Parking Available
Other information
Status Functioning
Station code TVC
Zone(s) Southern Railway
Division(s) Thiruvananthapuram Railway division
Opened 4 November 1931
Electrified Yes
Passengers Unknown

Thiruvananthapuram Central is the main railway station in the city of Thiruvananthapuram (formerly Trivandrum) in the Indian state of Kerala. It is the largest and busiest railway stations in Kerala in terms of passenger movement and an important rail hub in Southern Railway.[1] It is one of profitable stations under Southern Railway. The building of the railway station is one of the landmarks of Thiruvananthapuram. Thiruvananthapuram Central is also a terminating point for the proposed Chennai - Bangalore - Thiruvananthapuram High Speed Rail (HSR) corridor and the proposed Thiruvananthapuram - Mangalore High Speed Rail corridor. The railway station is located opposite to Central Bus Station Thiruvananthapuram at Thampanoor.

Trains from here connect the city of Thiruvananthapuram to major cities of India. This station is also noted for a whole range of amenities available within the premises. The station has book-shops, restaurants, accommodation and Internet browsing centers. A second satellite station was opened in 2005 at Kochuveli called the Kochuveli Railway Station, near the International Airport. Thiruvananthapuram is the first major city from south along the longest train routes in India, the Kanyakumari-Thiruvananthapuram-Dibrugarh Vivek Express route and the Kanyakumari-Thiruvananthapuram-Jammu Tawi Himsagar Express route. A second terminal (south Terminal) was opened in 2004 to handle passenger traffic and later a West Terminal in 2007. To reduce traffic, the Central Railway Station has 18 railway tracks.


Stations southwards from Thiruvananthapuram Central
Amaravila H.
Dhanuvachapuram H.
State Border
Kulitthurai West H.
Palliyadi H.
Virani Alur H.
Nagercoil Town
Nagercoil Junction


  • History 1
  • Layout 2
  • Facilities 3
  • Services 4
  • Future expansion plans 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Thiruvananthapuram station
Interior of the station
Trains in Thiruvananthapuram Central Station
Train care centre
Shunting Yard of Thiruvananthapuram Central

The Madras-Quilon line was extended to the capital of the Princely State of Travancore, Thiruvananthapuram and was opened on 4 January 1918. The line then terminated at Chakka, which was the trading centre of Thiruvananthapuram then. M.E. Watts, Dewan of the erstwhile Travancore, took the initiative to extend the railway line to the heart of the city. The terminus was shifted to current location Thiruvananthapuram Central Thampanoor on 1931. The Thiruvananthapuram Central station building was built during the reign of Sethu Lakshmi Bayi, the Maharani of Travancore, and inaugurated on 4 November 1931. No bricks were used for the construction of this station building; it was built completely with rock masonry.[3] Thiruvananthapuram was a branch line station but the Maharani built it at par with the counterparts in the major cities of India.The station was built to handle two departures per day in 1931 and had only one platform in the beginning.


This station has 5 platforms to handle long and short distance trains and a proposal to build additional 11 platforms in pipeline.Then the number of platforms will increase to 16. The Thiruvananthapuram railway station has two entrances. The main entrance is opposite to Central Bus Station Thiruvananthapuram and eastern entrance is on Power House road.The train care centre functions adjacent to eastern side entrance.Nemom and Kochuveli Railway stations are announced in railway budget as satellite terminals to Thiruvananthapuram Central. Kochuveli satellite terminal has started functioning with trains originating from here.


Thiruvananthapuram Central is well equipped with modern security gadgets, and is the first station in the state to install video surveillance. The Networked electronic surveillance system is installed in this Central Station by Railway Protection Force (RPF) for improving the security and for monitoring the movement of passengers arriving at the station.[4]

  • Computerised Reservation Ticket Center
  • Computerised Unreserved Ticket Center
  • AC & Non AC Passenger Waiting Center
  • Cloak Room
  • Escalators
  • Rest Room
  • Restaurants
  • Pre Paid Parking Facility
  • Pre Paid Auto
  • X Ray Luggage Scanner
  • Parcel Booking Office
  • Foot over bridge
  • Public Addressing System
  • Medical Shop
  • Book Stall
  • Railway Enquiry
  • ATM
  • Automatic Ticket Vending Machine
  • elavators
  • subway

The station handles over 300,000 passengers daily.[5]


Express Trains from Thiruvananthapuram Central

Some of the major trains originating from the station.

No. Train No: Destination Train Name
1. 16723/16724 Chennai Egmore Ananthapuri Express
2. 12623/12624 Chennai Central Thiruvananthapuram Mail
3. 12695/12696 Chennai Central Chennai Superfast Express
4. 12697/12698 Chennai Central Chennai Superfast Weekly Express
5. 22207/22208 Chennai Central Chennai-Thiruvananthapuram Super AC Express
6. 16331/16332 Mumbai Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai Express
7. 16345/16346 Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Netravati Express
8. 12625/12626 New Delhi Kerala Express
9. 12431/12432 Hazrat Nizamuddin Thiruvananthapuram Rajdhani Express
10. 12643/12644 Hazrat Nizamuddin Swarnajayanthi Express (Via Alappuzha)
11. 22633/34 New Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin Thiruvananthapuram H. Nizamuddin Superfast Express (Via Alappuzha)
12. 22653/54 New Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin Thiruvananthapuram H. Nizamuddin Superfast Express (Via Kottayam)
13. 22655/56 New Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin Thiruvananthapuram H. Nizamuddin Superfast Express (Via Alappuzha)
14. 16323/16324 Shalimar Shalimar Express
15. 16325/16326 Indore Junction via Chennai Central Ahilyanagari Express
16. 22647/22648 Korba via Chennai Central Korba Express
17. 16333/16334 Veraval Thiruvananthapuram Veraval Express
18. 12515/12516 Guwahati via Chennai Central Guwahati Thiruvananthapuram Express
19. 12507/12508 Guwahati via Chennai Central Guwahati Thiruvananthapuram Express
20. 16347/16348 Mangalore Central Mangalore Express
21. 16603/16605 Mangalore Central Maveli Express
22. 16629/16630 Mangalore Central Malabar Express
23. 17229/17230 Hyderabad Deccan Sabari Express
24. 12511/12512 Gorakhpur Junction via Chennai Central Raptisagar Express
25. 12075/12076 Kozhikode Calicut Jan Shatabdi Express
26. 12081/12082 Kannur Kannur Jan Shatabdi Express
27. 16301/16302 Shornur Junction Venad Express
28. 16303/16304 Ernakulam Junction Vanchinad Express
29. 16341/16342 Guruvayur Intercity Express
30 16343/16344 Palakkad Town Amritha Express
31. 16349/16350 Nilambur Road Rajya Rani Express
Passenger Trains starting from Thiruvananthapuram Central
No. Train No: Destination
1. 56313 Nagercoil
2. 56311 Nagercoil
3. 56315 Nagercoil
Express Trains Passing through Thiruvananthapuram Central
No. Train No: Origin Destination Train Name
1. 16605/16606 Nagercoil Mangalore Ernad Express
2. 12659/12660 Nagercoil Shalimar Gurudev Express
3. 16335/16336 Nagercoil Gandhidham Nagercoil Gandhidham Express
4. 16381/16382 Kanyakumari Mumbai Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus Kanyakumari Mumbai Express
5. 16525/16526 Kanyakumari Bangalore Island Express
6. 16317/16318 Kanyakumari Jammutawi Himsagar Express
7. 19577/19578 Tirunelveli Hapa Hapa Tirunelveli Superfast Express
8. 22619/22620 Tirunelveli Bilaspur Bilaspur Superfast Express
9. 15905/15906 Kanyakumari Dibrugarh Dibrugarh - Kanyakumari Vivek Express *
10. 16127/16128 Guruvayur Chennai Egmore Guruvayur Chennai Egmore Express
11. 16649/16650 Nagercoil Mangalore Central Parasuram Express
Passenger Trains passing through Thiruvananthapuram Central
No. Train No: Origin Destination
1. 56701 Punalur Madurai
2. 66305 Kanyakumari Kollam
3. 56317 Kochuveli Nagercoil
4. 56700 Madurai Punalur
5. 56304 Nagercoil Kottayam
6. 56318 Nagercoil Kochuveli
7. 56715 Punalur Kanyakumari
8. 56716 Kanyakumari Punalur

Future expansion plans

It was announced in railway budget to convert Thiruvananthapuram Central railway station into world-class standards. The foundation stone for expansion and modernisation of station was laid by Former Union Minister for Railways, Lalu Prasad in December 2006. Tenders have been invited for carrying out feasibility studies for this proposed project. More than 1000 million (US$15 million) is needed for first phase of this project.[6]

A new complex of railway station will be built with a built-up area of 1,000,000 square feet (93,000 m2). All modern facilities including an office and commercial complex is planned here. The proposal to set up a passenger terminal at Nemom is announced in rail budget and yet to begin work. It is estimated that only a consortium would be able to take up expansion project of Thiruvananthapuram Central, since the project is a massive one.[7]

Feasibility study for Chennai-Bangalore-Thiruvananthapuram High speed rail corridor ongoing and is being planned along with other few corridors in country.

See also


  1. ^ "Thiruvananthapuram Central to be made a world-class station". The Hindu. 2007-03-07. Retrieved 25 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Revised parking rates at railway stations come into effect". The New Indian Express (Thiruvananthapuram: Express Publications). 2 July 2012. Retrieved 25 Nov 2012. 
  3. ^ Quilon – Thiruvananthapuram Central Metre Gauge Line. Retrieved on 2011-11-10.
  4. ^ Video surveillance system at Central. (2006-08-24). Retrieved on 2011-11-10.
  5. ^ More passenger facilities at Thiruvananthapuram Central. Hindu businessline News 15 January 2007
  6. ^ Rs.100 crores for modernization. (2006-11-08). Retrieved on 2011-11-10.
  7. ^ Trivandrum Central to be made a world-class station. (2007-03-07). Retrieved on 2011-11-10.

External links

  • Indian Railways
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