Ernakulam: As the Onam festivities draw to a close, the Indian Railways has unveiled a welcome surprise for those returning from their celebrations. In a bid to accommodate the influx of travellers heading back after the Onam festivities, a new special train has been sanctioned on the Ernakulam-Chennai route, offering respite to the post-celebration rush. Commencing its journey on September 3, the train’s reservations have already commenced, ensuring a smooth and convenient journey for returnees. The train will make stops at Aluva, Tripunithura, Ottapalam, and Palakkad along its route.
Acknowledging the need for additional travel options during the post-Onam period, the Ministry of Railways had previously authorised two more train services catering to Kerala. Among them is the Ernakulam-Velankanni Express, which operates as a special train once a week. Responding to the travel demand, the railways have decided to elevate it to a regular service, with two trips scheduled per week.
Furthermore, the recently approved Kollam-Tirupati Express is set to operate twice a week, providing a vital link between these two destinations. Departing from Tirupati on Tuesdays and Fridays and from Kollam on Wednesdays and Saturdays, the service covers a route that includes stops in Kottayam, Thrissur, Palakkad, and Salem.
In another development, the Palakkad-Tirunelveli Palaruvi Express has been extended to include Tuticorin in its route, enhancing connectivity and options for travellers along this corridor.