Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Best tourist destinations on Konkan Railway route

The Konkan Railway is a railway line which runs along the konkan coast of India between Mumbai and Mangaluru It was constructed and is operated by the Konkan Railway Corporation. In 1970's National Highway 17 (NH-17) was built to connect these cities by road. Direct bus services started between these two cities after the construction of NH-17.

Konkan Railway runs from Roha in Maharashtra till Thokur in Karnataka for a total distance of 741 km (460 mi), along the west coast of India and Western Ghats. The Konkan Railway is also an example of the high spirits of the engineers of this country.

It is known as an engineering marvel across the world. Built across some of the toughest terrains, Konkan Railways has over 2,000 bridges and 91 tunnels. The difficult weather conditions of the Konkan region resulted in problems continuing to the railway line even after its inauguration. The project was considered the biggest and perhaps most difficult railway undertaking during this century, at least in this part of the world. The completion of the Konkan Railway was a “tryst with destiny” for many people in the Konkan region.

The Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd, is one of the few privately run railway lines for use of public transportation. In the Konkan region there are plenty of coconut fields and mango orchards and preserving the ecosystem was a big engineering challenge and also environmental challenge. In order to preserve the landscape, the line made use of tunnels so that they would not have to destroy agricultural land. Konkan Railway offers stunning, undulating and breath-taking scenic beauty to travelers all along the way. The natural beauty of region complemented with elegant man made structures will make the journey over Konkan Railway into memorable experience for the  passengers. Konkan belt has great attraction for tourists and those who have an appreciative mind to enjoy scenic beauty.

Konkan Railway's headquarters at CBD Belapur in Navi Mumbai and E. Sreedharan, a senior railway official, as its first Chairman and Managing Director, though the work to build the railway line had started much earlier.

Enjoy The Journey of Konkan 

State covered by konkan railway
Roha to Madure (Maharashtra)
Pernem to Loliem (Goa)
Asnoti to Thokur (Karnataka)

Best places of tourist interest over konkan railway.
Mangaon - Raigad Fort (52 km)
Khed - Harnai Fort (42 km), Mahabaleshwar (79 km)
Chiplun - Parshuram Temple (10 km), Hedvi Ganesh Temple (55 km)
Sangmeshwar - Marleshwar (40 km)
Ratnagiri - Ganapatipule (28 km), Lokmanya Tilak birth place (9 km)
Kankavali - Bharadi Devi Temple (35 km)
Sindhudurg - Sindhudurg Fort (33 km), Kunkeshwar Temple (72 km)
Kudal - Tarkarli Beach (37 km)
Sawantwadi Road - Amboli hill station (37 km)
Thivim - North Goa Beaches (25 km)
Karmali - Old goa church (4 km)
Madgaon - South goa beaches colva (8 km), Benaulim, Varca (5 km)
Canacona - Palolem beach (2.5 km), Orem beach (3 km)
Karwar - Satodi Falls (108 km), Dandeli Forest (90 km)
Gokarna - Gokarna Temple (12 km), Om beach (15 km)
Kumta - Yana (38 km)
Honnavar - Jog Falls (70 km)
Murdeshwar - Murdeshwar Temple (2 km)
Mookambika Road - Mookambika Temple kollur (28 km)
Udupi - Krishna Temple (3 km), St. Mary's Island (8 km), Dharmasthala (108 km), Sringeri Sharda Temple (83 km).

Konkan Railway also provide SMS based helping hand service to Sr. Citizens on main stations include: Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Thivim, Karmali and Madgaon.


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