The journey by train from Madurai to Thiruvananthapuram is scheduled to take between 5 hours 45 minutes and 13 hours 05 minutes depending upon which train you take. The distance travelled via the shortest route is 300 km.
Train Times from Madurai to Thiruvananthapuram
There are 5 train services from Madurai to Thiruvananthapuram, all departing from Madurai Junction Railway Station (MDU) and arriving into Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station (TVC).
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Location of Madurai Junction Railway Station
Madurai Junction Railway Station is 3.1 km by road from St Mary’s Cathedral.
Location of Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station
Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station is 8.7 km by road from Shangumugham Beach.
About Travel to Thiruvananthapuram
Thiruvananthapuram, formerly known as Trivandrum, is the state capital of Kerala and its largest and most popular city. As well as being an important transport hub for the southern part of the state, and a tourist destination in its own right, Thiruvananthapuram has a significant non-tourism related economy, most notably its IT industry. The city’s history goes back a long way with mentions of this important trading centre in Western literature and records from the first millennium. The city’s coastal location on the southern tip of India, its beaches, and fertile flat landscape with network of inland waterways, gives Thiruvananthapuram significant geographical advantages over other cities in India making it one of the most sought after places to live (as well as to go on holiday) in India, with a significant tourist industry dating back to the 1930s.
Many international visitors will start and finish their stay in Kerala in Thiruvananthapuram, because of its air and rail links, leaving the city itself for tours around Kerala, including on one of the famous houseboats. It is, however, worth spending a few days of your visit to Kerala exploring this vibrant city and the immediate vicinity. Amongst the principal attractions are:
- Kovalam Beach: A long stretch of beach in three sections. This beach is 14 km from the main train station in Thiruvananthapuram and is very popular with domestic and international tourists. There are plenty of facilities on this beach as well as lots of food and souvenir vendors, who can be annoying.
- The Sree Anantha Padmanabha Temple: This is a huge Hindu temple that dominates the city centre. The temple has very tight security, because of the immensely valuable treasure stored in the basement, which makes it time consuming to get into the temple but the inconvenience is worth it.
- Kanaka Kunnu Palace: This former royal palace now houses art galleries and hosts cultural events in its grounds.
- Padmanabhapuram Palace: Another former royal palace, featuring what is claimed to be the world’s largest wooden building.