A train journey from Chidambaram to Bangalore: Exhaustive albeit through stunning scenery

Every month we visit Bangalore (officially known as Bengaluru) . My daughter is currently working as a software engineer in a reputed MNC located in Marathahalli, a suburb of Bangalore. We go there since it is an opportunity to travel in exposing ourselves in the presence of our nature and culture in addition to being there to stay with our daughter.

JOURNEY: Although there are number of Volvo buses to Bangalore that takes average 8 to 10 hours during night, I prefer to travel in a train for such journey duration. There is only one direct day time passenger train to Bangalore.  The train is Karaikal-Bangalore (56513/56514) passenger train that connect Karaikal, a port city of east coast of India and one of the four regions in the Union Territory of Puducherry with Bangalore. The train has 16 carriages (all unreserved coaches), 53 halts and runs at an amazing average speed of 40 KMPH. All other trains depart from far away station from Chidambaram.

ka train route

Karaikal-Bangalore Train Route (572 KM)

The train leaves Chidambaram 7.30 in the morning and reaches Carmelaram (a nondescript station is used for entry into Sarjapura road, Electronic city, Marathahalli  and ITPL areas of Bangalore’s IT hub) at 5.30 in the evening covering a distance of 430 KM in almost 10 hours with a miniscule fare of only 75 Rupees and without an agony of advance reservation.

Bangalore (Bengaluru) bound Karaikal-Bangalore Passenger leaving Chidambaram station at 7.30 AM

Bangalore (Bengaluru) bound Karaikal-Bangalore Passenger leaving Chidambaram station at 7.30 AM

The train goes to Cuddalore and turns almost 120 degree back to reach Vriddhachalam via number of sleepy villages and Neyveli (A township of large thermal power plant with mines of Lignite).

Neyveli  Railway Station, well known amid nondescript villages   because of Lignite mines and  power plant

Neyveli Railway Station, well known amid nondescript villages because of Lignite mines and power plant

The train reaches to Vriddhachalam station at around 10.00 AM  from where it runs opposite direction to take VriddhachalamSalem (pronounced as Selam) route.

The train enters Vriddhachalam Station

The train enters Vriddhachalam Station

As the train leaves Vriddhachalam  towards Salem city it provides ample opportunity to click panoramic views of KALRAYAN HILLS (situated in the Eastern Ghats of Tamilnadu, Avg MSL 2000 ft – 3000 ft) and overlooking lots and lots of lush green fields- in between nature’s shades through many towns and villages.IMG_4280


Cloud capped hill

The train passes through three stations of Salem city (Town, Market and Junction), a steel city of india and also a gateway (25 KM from the city) to  Yercaud, a part of the Servarayan range of hills in the Eastern Ghats known as the’Prince of Hills’.


Salem Junction Station


The hill at eastern ghat


The green and yellow shades at country site

Onward from Salem junction and toward  Hosur, a lot of picturesque natural scenes can be  captured in camera .IMG_4524

On the way to Carmelaram Railway station

On the way to Carmelaram Railway station

Our destination, Carmelaram: The station is an unfamiliar one to most people in Bangalore, and even to call taxi operators. It is situated on the south-eastern corner of the Bangalore city amid vacant grasslands, high rise buildings under constructions, and marble shops. It is nestled in a grove of tall trees off Sarjapur Road, a little after the Wipro IT office. A large number of people from the south-eastern part of Bangalore use Carmelaram station to board and alight from many trains to minimize travel time.

Carmelaram Rly Station (JuNe 2014)

Carmelaram Raillway Station (June 2014)

After about 10 hours of journey, the train reaches Carmelaram in the late afternoon, ready to travel further through Sarjapura road towards needed area of Bangalore IT hub.


About subalcbasak

I am an Associate Professor of pharmacy at Annamalai University, Annamalainagar, Chidambaram,Tamilnadu. I am a person who is interested in pharmaceutical sciences and its education in India. Originally from West Bengal, I am now living in CHIDAMBARAM, Tamilnadu. I just want to share some of my subject basics; and thoughts associated with travelling and living. I also enjoy clicking camera, eating bengali cuisine, listening Rabindra sangeet, reading, learning, and open source of literature/publications.
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