Leaving From Bengaluru
I intended to travel to Kolluru Mookambika Temple and Kamalashile Temple in Udupi district of Karnataka state in the month of November 2016 with my family members. The nearest railhead to reach these two famous temples was the Kundapura Railway station on the Mangaluru-Madgaon rail section of the Konkan Railway route. I was excited to know about my first journey on the Konkan railway route onboard Bengaluru-Karwar Express. I booked my tickets on IRCTC's web portal www.irctc.co.in and booked the tickets in air-conditioned two-tier coach or A.C.2 Tier coach. The tickets at the time of booking were waitlisted and it was later confirmed with a lower berth accommodation.
The train 16523 Bengaluru-Karwar Express operated to Karwar via Kengeri, Mandya, Mysuru, Hassan, Sakleshpura, Mangaluru Central, and Kundapura. As the nearest railhead to my house was the Kengeri railway station, we opted to board from Kengeri itself. The D-day arrived and after packing the luggage we prepared to leave our house by hailing an app-based taxi. We left at around 8 pm and reached the Kengeri railway station within a span of thirty minutes. Upon arrival at the railway station, an announcement was made regarding the train's departure from platform 3 which was on the mainline of the Bengaluru Mysuru rail section.
We reached the platform through the foot-over bridge and settled down on a bench until the arrival of the train. I was aware of the coach position which was at the rear side of the train. Our tickets were confirmed with two lower berths and an upper berth allotted in coach A1 of the air-conditioned two-tier coach.
Boarding the Karwar Express
The train soon arrived at around 8.45 pm and we quickly embarked on it to occupy our designated seat and berths. The train was crowded with all the passengers headed to Mangaluru Central railway station. We settled down in our berth and decided to sleep early. The train then had commercial stoppages at Mandya and Mysuru and the locomotive reversed at Mysuru junction to operate on the Mysuru-Hassan section. The train yet again had a locomotive reversal at Hassan Junction to proceed to Mangaluru Central.
The journey from Kengeri to Mangaluru Central in the morning was uneventful as we took some rest. The train then arrived at Mangaluru Central at around 7.15 am and it had a brief halt over here for about thirty minutes. I had a good time railfanning at the Mangaluru Central railway station. Also, the slip coaches attached to this train for Kannur would be detached from the Karwar portion of the train.
Arrival at Kundapura
I sipped a cup of hot coffee at the railway station and grabbed an English newspaper to read. The train then left to Karwar at around 7.40 am after duly detaching the Kannur portion of the train. The train had commercial stops en route at Surathkal, Mulki, Udupi, Barkur before finally arriving at our destination at Kundapura. We arrived at Kundapura at around 9.10 am and we quickly disembarked from the train to hail an auto-rickshaw to our hotel.
We reached the hotel within fifteen minutes and settled in our room. We then booked a local taxi to visit Kolluru Mookambika Temple, Kamalashile Temple, and other local temples in the vicinity of Kundapura and we stayed here for two days.
Return to Bengaluru
The second day we visited the local temple at Kundapura and decided to return to our room to pack the baggage. We had booked our return tickets onboard 16524 Karwar-Bengaluru Express in the air-conditioned Two-Tier coach of A.C.2 Tier coach. Our tickets were confirmed with two lower berths and an upper berth allotted to us. The scheduled departure time from Kundapura was at 5.42 pm from platform number 1. We checked out of our hotel at 5 pm and reached the Kundapura railway station within ten minutes.
Railway platform number 1 was abuzz with the passengers. All the passengers were waiting for train number 12620 Mangaluru Central-Mumbai CST Matsyagandha Express. The train arrived at around 5.30 pm with a delay of about fifteen minutes. All the passengers headed to Mumbai embarked on the train and the train left Kundapura within five minutes of its arrival. The station was now deserted and passengers intending to travel to Bengaluru now began to occupy the railway station. Since I had time I enquired at the railway ticket booking regarding the availability of Konkan Railway Time Table. I obtained a copy of the timetable by paying INR 10.
Our train arrived soon at the scheduled time at 5.42 pm. We quickly boarded our A1 coach of air-conditioned two-tier coach and settled down in the seats. The train yet again had designated halts at Barkur, Udupi, Mulki, and Surathkal before arriving at Mangaluru Central railway station. Upon arrival at Mangaluru Central, the incoming rake of Kannur-Bengaluru Express was attached to our train. The train then had a brief halt of up to thirty minutes with locomotive reversal towards Hassan Junction. The train soon left Mangaluru Central towards its designated halts at Bantwala, Kabakaputtur, and Subramanya Road. After leaving from Subramanya Road railway station we decided to retire for the day. The next day I woke up at 5.30 am upon our arrival at Mysuru junction. I got down here for some fresh air and sipped a hot cup of coffee. The train yet again had a locomotive reversal towards Bengaluru and we left Mysuru at around 5.40 am.
We soon crossed en route railway stations like Srirangapatna, Pandavapura, Mandya, Maddur, Chennapatna, Ramanagaram, and Bidadi before arriving at our destination at Kengeri. We disembarked from the train upon arrival at Kengeri and hailed a pre-paid auto-rickshaw to reach home by 9 am.
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