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    By: Rang7 Team November 25, 2011
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4286 kms is the rail distance from Dibrugarh in Assam to Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu. This is the eight longest rail route in the world that will be covered by Vivek Express, a weekly train in a span of 82 ½ hours and with a speed of 100 kms per hour.

Vivek Express which began its first journey on 19th November with 20 passengers has 52 stops including Guwahati, New Jalpaiguri, Malda Town, Asansol, Bhadrak, Duvvada, Coimbatore, Ernakulam Town and Thiruvanandapuram Central.

At present the train has entered Tamil Nadu. From Katpadi in Tamil Nadu it would go through Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Tiruppur, Coimbatore and enter Kerala by Palakad junction on the way to Kanyakumari. The train will stop at Salem and Coimbatore for three minutes each before proceeding to Kanyakumari. Before entering Tamil Nadu, the train had passed through Cuttak, Vijayawada and Nellore in Andhra Pradesh.

The train is especially a boon for Tamilians and Malayalees from Kerala living in Assam and other north eastern states and vice versa. “Travelling by the train is also economical,” said a group of 10 Ayyappa devotees, who boarded that train at Vijayawada and are heading to Kottayam. Hemanth, one of the devotees said, “I remembering paying around Rs1,200 when I traveled to Sabarimala last year and now I got the ticket for Rs 995 for two-tier AC.”

Vivek Express has 18 compartments including two-tier and three-tier AC coaches, seven sleeper coaches and six general class coaches. The ticket fare from Dibrugarh to Kanyakumari is Rs 673 in second class sleeper, Rs 2,573 in two-tier AC and Rs 1,878 in three-tier AC.

On its maiden journey, the pantry of Vivek Express was not ready and as there were no facilities to make food inside the train, fresh food was picked up form different stations enroute.

The second round of Vivek Express will begin from both Dibrugarh and Kanyakumari on November 26. One train will leave Dibrugarh at 11.45 pm while another will leave Kanyakumari at 2pm. The train which will leave Dibrugarh, will reach Kanyakumari at 10.25 am on 30th November, a Wednesday. The express which leaves Kanyakumari will reach Dibrugarh at 3.30 am on Wednesday.

 

 

Andhra Pradesh was created by combining the Telugu speaking portions of the State of Madras with the State of Hyderabad.  Sometimes referred to as the "Rice Bowl" of India, Andhra Pradesh has two major rivers flowing through it - the Krishna and...

 

Assam  is the largest state in Northeast India and just south of the eastern Himalayas.  A land of high rainfall, Assam is endowed with lush greenery with the mighty Brahmaputra and the Barak River valleys defining the State.  Assam al...

 

At an altitude of 411 meters above sea level and lying at the foot hills of the Nilgiri Mountains, Coimbatore is, today among one of the top industrial cities of Tamil Nadu. It was earlier called Kovai or Kovan after the Kongu ruler who ruled this re...

 

Renowned as the "Gateway to Northeast India", Guwahati is the capital city of the state of Assam. It is the entry point to the seven north eastern Indian states also called as the "Seven Sisters". The name Guwahati is derived from the areca nut (Guwa...

 

Kanyakumari is located in the southern most tip of the Indian sub-continent at the confluence of the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean.  In the British era Kanyakumari was known as Cape Comorin. Kanyakumari is known for its clean b...

 

Often referred to a "God's Own Country", Kerala, in the south western coast of India, is famous for its beaches, backwaters, culture, spices, hills, Ayurvedic centres, and religious places.

The state is blessed with abundant greenery...

 

Kottayam lies close to the Vembanad Lake at the mouth of the Meenachal River with the palm fringed backwaters to its west and the rocky Western Ghats to its east. Situated in the mountainous districts of Kerala, Kottayam is surrounded by much varieti...

 

Palakkad, or Palghat, is the most prominent passage in the Western Ghats, which runs down about a 1,000 km stretch along the west coast of India. The stretch of about 40 km between the Annamala and Nilgiri mountain ranges is geographically referred t...

 

Sabarimala (Mount Sabari ~3000 feet above sea level) in Kerala, is home to a temple dedicated to Lord Ayyappan - a symbol of religious unity and communal harmony.  The temple drives one of the largest annual gathering of de...

 

 

For more general information on Tamil Nadu (Economy, History, Demographics, etc.), please refer to the Tamil Nadu Wiki Guide.

 

Vijayawada, the 3rd largest city in Andhra Pradesh literally translates to "The Place of Victory" and located on the banks of Krishna River. In Telugu, the language of Andhra Pradesh, Vijayawada is also known as Bezawada .

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