Monday, December 10, 2007

Memories from Konkan Rail Trip !

Last weekend I had been to one of my most awaited trip. The place is there in my favorite destinations list for long time. The Konkan region part of west coast of India, alongside the Arabian Sea. It's an absolute treat for the eyes. And the mode of communicate, I choose was to travel through the Konkan Railways. I already heard lots of things about this route and what best can match KR to travel there. KR is a proud witness to the dedication and immense engineering skills that are available in India. The scenic view through out the route added a little more magic to the man-machine creation.

I started my journey from M’lore Railway station with the Mumbai bound Matsyaganda Super fast Express (2620). I guess this was one of those unplanned trips with a distinct route in my mind; my last stoppage was Karwar, the district head quarter of Uttar Kannada.
A diesel engine, Mangalore Railway Station.

The train entering into a tunnel.

A sharp curve just before Surathkal.

Those super exciting five hours were unforgettable, I didn’t realize that they passed by me just like that. The tunnels, the over bridges, the curves on the railway lines, the speed of the engine … I could find a difference in everything. Wow ! Where else you could find a train moving with more than 80 Kmph inside a 4 long tunnel ? That was just one part of it and I had yet to discover some of the other mysterious things about this route. The longest tunnel I came across was just after Bhatkal Station. I could find a number of rivers (I guess it's more than 15 nos.) and the longest bridge was over Saravathi river near Honnavar.

This picture can be best explained by the quote - “When I admire the wonder of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in worship of the Creator”.

Udupi Railway Station.

A guard flagging off the train.

Barkur Railway Station.

It was not an easy task for me to pick a few pictures to blog about from those hundreds of pictures that I have taken, so I have to leave them for some other time. The good thing about all the pictures are that most of these pictures were clicked from inside the fast moving train. And to realize that I missed some of the interesting ones on that route, never-mind though.


Yousuf said...

Hi Alok, really cool! can u post u'r pics on some publicly accessible location.

Alok said...

Thanks Yousuf. I will surely try although I am not a very active user in Flickr.

shooting star said...

konkan is one of mmy wishlist of places to visit..nice pcsu got there!!!!!

Trav Themes said...

Hey you enjoyed lots... have u take any kind of local experience in mangalore?

Do you know what is Experiential Tourism ?