Transport in Thiruvananthapuram

Overlooking the golden shoreline of the scenic Malabar Coast along the western part of the peninsular India, the city of Thiruvananthapuram is one of the most exotic destinations for the tourists arriving here across the international borders and also for the local holidaymakers. Thiruvananthapuram is not only a popular attraction in Kerala but also the administrative seat of the state, apart from being a leading hub in the region in terms of healthcare, education, technology and science.

As such thousands of visitors move in, move out and move around the city every week, the transport facilities in Thiruvananthapuram, thus, being the most essential one required for travelling in and around the town. Due to the strategic position of Thiruvananthapuram it is conveniently connected to numerous cities countrywide as well as to international destinations by airways, roadways, railways and waterways. International and domestic airlines, chartered buses, state buses, private cars, cars on hire, taxis, auto-rickshaws, passenger trains and super-fast express trains are the commonest means of transport in Thiruvananthapuram. Passenger-carrying ships and cargo-hauling vessels are also functional as the main modes of transport available in Thiruvananthapuram.

Thiruvananthapuram Transportation

Public Transport in Thiruvananthapuram

The buses operated regularly by Kerala State Road Transport Corporation cover all major destinations citywide and also ply extensively to and from a wide number of bus stations located nearby as well as at long distances from the town. Electronic ticket booking system with the aid of GPRS and online ticket booking of Sarathi are the key services offered by KSRTC to the local commuters and occasional passengers in Thiruvananthapuram.

The central bus station in Thampanoor, situated right across the Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway terminal, is the main bus terminal in Thiruvananthapuram whereas the central city bus terminal has its location in East Fort at a distance of 1 kilometre from the Thampanoor terminal. Apart from this mode of public conveyance many privately-run buses also provide local transport facilities in most parts of the city of Thiruvananthapuram. The buses run by Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation operate buses between Thiruvananthapuram and many destinations in district Kanyakumari including Nagercoil.

Auto-rickshaws and taxis also provide regular means of transportation to the people in Thiruvananthapuram. Motorcycles, bicycles, scooters and cars are the preferable means of conveyance used generally by individuals and groups for private transportation in Thiruvananthapuram.

Roadways and Highways in Thiruvananthapuram

Thiruvananthapuram is extensively linked to the cities near it by important highways and roadways, which include the National Highway 66. This highway, which mainly joins Kanyakumari to Panvel, is used to travel from Thiruvananthapuram to the cities of Kozhikode, Mangalore and Kochi. The MC Road or the Main Central Road is one of the most important state highways, which runs to prime locations in and around the town of Thiruvananthapuram, commences as State Highway 1 in Kesavadasapuram. Progressively being developed as a major hub in the field of IT and as one of the most popular tourist sites in Kerala, the transport system in Thiruvananthapuram is rapidly undergoing considerable changes with the construction of more and more roadways, carriage ways, underpasses and flyovers.

Railways in Thiruvananthapuram

The zonal section of Southern Railway embraces the railway operations of Thiruvananthapuram. The Thiruvananthapuram Central railway terminal is the most crowded station of the city positioned in Thampanoor whereas Thiruvananthapuram Kochuveli Station is the next busiest terminal in the town. Other railway stations in Thiruvananthapuram include the Thiruvananthapuram Kochuveli station, the Thiruvananthapuram Nemom station, Thiruvananthapuram Veli station and the Thiruvananthapuram Pettah station. The location of Thiruvananthapuram Central is the most advantageous being situated in Thampanoor within 8 kilometres of the domestic airport and 5 kilometres of the recently built international airport in Thiruvananthapuram.

Many important destinations located near and far are served by the passenger as well as the superfast express trains operated Thiruvananthapuram Central and Thiruvananthapuram Kochuveli railway terminals. These primary destinations covered by the trains operated from Thiruvananthapuram include Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Tirunelveli, Kanyakumari, Dibrugarh, Kolkata and Mumbai. Apart from these express and passenger trains Thiruvananthapuram Monorail and Suburban Rail are awaiting construction for the purpose of serving the regular and infrequent commuters in Thiruvananthapuram.

Thiruvananthapuram International Airport

The Thiruvananthapuram International Airport is fifth to be built as an international terminal after the four international airports, each of which is located in the main four cities in India. Direct flights are operated from Thiruvananthapuram International Airport to destinations like Sri Lanka, Maldives, Singapore and Middle East along with the daily domestic flights that serve the primary domestic terminals countrywide. With its two terminals the airport is the nearest in the nation to the destinations such as Sri Lanka and the only Indian airport that is connected to the Maldives situated at the extreme south of the mainland India.

Waterways in Thiruvananthapuram

The seaport in Vizhinjam is about to house the Deep Water Container Trans-shipment Port for the shipment of containers along the international sea routes that connect India to Far East and Europe, these routes being positioned nearby the Vizhinjam port. Other important ports in the region and its neighbouring areas, which include Tuticorin, Colombo and Kochi, are also about to be served by the vessels sailing from Vizhinjam.

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