Varkala Sivagiri railway station
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Varkala Railway Station, station code VAK, is a major railway station (NSG 4 Category) serving the district of Thiruvananthapuram of Kerala starting on 1904 as metre gauge line. Varkala Railway Station is the second busiest after Trivandrum Central and third most revenue generating railway station in the district and seventh busiest in Thiruvananthapuram railway division. It is situated in the municipality of Varkala which is 40 km (25 mi) from Trivandrum City , 15 km (9.3 mi) from Attingal municipality and 33km from Kollam City. It falls in the Thiruvananthapuram railway division of the Southern Railway zone of the Indian Railways. It is on Kollam-Thiruvananthapuram railway line. Station is well connected to major metropolitan & tier 2 cities like Trivandrum, Hyderabad, Kochi, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata, Goa etc.
|Regional rail and Light rail station|
Varkala Railway Station front view
|Location||SH63, Varkala, Trivandrum, Kerala|
|Owned by||Government of India|
|Operated by||Indian Railways|
|Structure type||Standard (On ground Station)|
|Zone(s)||Southern Railway zone|
|Electrified||Yes, 25 kV AC 50 Hz|
|Previous names||Varkala Railway Station till 2005|
|Passengers (2018-19)||11,427/day |
Annual Passengers - 41,70,860 (7.65%)
In 2018-19 FY about 41lakh passengers were passed through this station and make a profit of 11.12 cr. Varkala is the second busiest railway station after Trivandrum Central Railway Station. In close proximity to the station is Varkala Municipal Bus Station. It serves the people from Varkala Taluk and Chirayinkeezhu Taluk.
Name of the StationEdit
The station name used to be 'Varkala' till 2005. It was renamed "Varkala Sivagiri" after the samadhi of Sri Narayana Guru,situated in Varkala in the year 2005. Most of the trains are allowed temporary halt in this station during a week period of the famous "Sivagiri Theerthadanam" (Sivagiri Pilgrimage).
Varkala beach which is one of the popular tourist destination in India is at a distance of 3.1 km (1.9 mi) from the railway station.Sivagiri Mutt founded by the social reformer Sree Narayana Guru is situated at the top of the Sivagiri hill near Varkala.Janardana Swami Temple is a Vaishnavite shrine which is estimated to be 2000-year-old. Kappil Beach & Backwaters situated 8km from Varkala is major tourist destination in Varkala.
Annual passenger earnings of Varkala Sivagiri railway stationEdit
|2015–16||₹9.4484 crore (US$1.4 million)||NA|
|2016-17||₹9.8191 crore (US$1.4 million)||₹0.3707 crore (US$54,000)|
|2017-18||₹10.4254 crore (US$1.5 million)||₹0.6063 crore (US$88,000)|
|2018-19||₹11.1201 crore (US$1.6 million)||₹0.6947 crore (US$100,000)|
- "Annual originating passengers and earnings for the year 2018-19 - Thiruvananthapuram Division" (PDF). Indian Railways. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
- "Stations Profile 2017 - Thiruvananthapuram Division" (PDF). Indian Railways. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
- "Annual originating passengers and earnings for the year 2017-18 - Thiruvananthapuram Division" (PDF). Indian Railways. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
- "Annual originating passengers and earnings for the year 2018-19 - Thiruvananthapuram Division" (PDF). Indian Railways. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
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