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God's own country Kerala gets first Vande Bharat Express; know stoppages and other details

It will greatly benefit tourism and commerce, says PM Narendra Modi

Written by  Jasleen Kaur -- April 25th 2023 11:42 AM -- Updated: April 25th 2023 11:43 AM
God's own country Kerala gets first Vande Bharat Express; know stoppages and other details

God's own country Kerala gets first Vande Bharat Express; know stoppages and other details

Thiruvananthapuram, April 25: Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off Kerala's first Vande Bharat Express on Tuesday, which will run from Thiruvananthapuram to Kasargod.

PM Narendra Modi flagged off Vande Bharat Express at Thiruvananthapuram Central Station. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor and Governor Arif Mohammed Khan were present on the ocassion.


According to Prime Minister's Office, the Vande Bharat train will cover 11 districts namely Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Pathanamthitta, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasargod.

Ahead of the inauguration, PM Modi took to his twitter account on April 23, and wrote, “I am eager to be among the people of Thiruvananthapuram on the 25th. Kerala’s first Vande Bharat Express would be flagged off, which will run between Thiruvananthapuram and Kasargod. 11 districts of Kerala will be covered. It will greatly benefit tourism and commerce.”

How Vande Bharat Express is different from other trains

Vande Bharat Express is an indigenously manufactured, semi-high-speed, self-propelled train set. The train has state-of-the-art passenger amenities, providing passengers with a faster, more comfortable and more convenient travel experience.

The inaugural run 

On its inaugural run, Vande Bharat Express departed from Thiruvananthapuram Central railway around 11 am.  During its journey on Tuesday, it would stop at 14 stations — Kollam, Kayamkulam, Chengannur, Tiruvalla, Kottayam, Ernakulam Town, Chalakudi, Thrissur, Shoranur Junction, Tirur, Kozhikode, Thalassery, Kannur, and Payyanur. 

Inaugural run timings of Kerala's first Vande Bharat Express

During its inaugural run, the new Vande Bharat Express will halt for a duration of two minutes at these 14 railway stations. On this day, the train would reach the destination in 10 hours and 45 minutes. 

Arrival at Kollam – 11:29 hrs

Arrival at Kayamkulam – 12:07 hrs

Arrival at Chengannur – 12:29 hrs

Arrival at Thiruvalla – 12:40 hrs

Arrival at Kottayam – 13:35 hrs

Arrival at Ernakulam Town – 14:42 hrs

Arrival at Chalakudi – 15:25 hrs

Arrival at Thrissur – 15:52 hrs

Arrival at Shoranur Junction – 16:39 hrs

Arrival at Tirur – 17:36 hrs

Arrival at Kozhikode – 18:33 hrs

Arrival at Thalassery – 19:44 hrs

Arrival at Kannur – 20:01 hrs

Arrival at Payyanur – 20:23 hrs

Also  Read | Vande Bharat Express: Know train routes in India, timings, other details


- With inputs from agencies

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