If there's one thing about travel that 99 out of 100 people love is the journey through trains! Moving steadily amidst hills and greens, next to waterfalls, against steep valleys, trains create a magic that cannot be found elsewhere! The unique musical beat of the trains catches the imagination of all. The small tracks that cannot accomodate a bus but holds a mighty long train takes everyone by surprise. Even the shortest of train journeys become part of individual memories. There are many railway routes in India that are splendid to say the least. Green route is one such...
The green route starts from Bangalore to end at Mangalore passing through the picturesque Western Ghats. Travellers along this route not only witness mesmerising valleys and green spreads over hills with clear streams flowing here and there but also a stunning 60 tunnels! This green route is also considered a trekker's paradise! Come let's embark on this spectacular journey along the green route from Bangalore to Mangalore...
The train that takes the Bangalore-Mangalore route to reach Kannur starts at Yeshwantpur in Bangalore. This train is available throughout the week starting at 8.20 every night. But its adviced to take the Karwar Express that takes the same route but leaves at 7.30 in the morning giving its passengers the view much awaited. This train is available only on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. This train takes the route through Tumkur, Arsikere and Hassan to finally reach Karwar.
Bangalore City Railway Station
The train arrives at the main Bangalore City Railways Station in only a few minutes. People living on this side of Bangalore can opt to board the train here.
After Bangalore, the first major station the train passes by is the sugar city of Mandya! Apart from the endless fields, Mandya houses many tourist spots including the famous Yoga Narasimha Temple!
Strengthened by the sugary Mandya, the train catches speed to reach Mysore. Also known as the Cultural capital of Karnataka, Mysore has tourist spots in abundance!
This station in Hassan district comes after K.R.Nagar. Holenarasipura has a water reservoir across river Hemavathi. This river is a branch of River Kaveri. The town Holenarasipura got its name from the town deity Lord Narasimha.
The next stop is at Hassan which houses a belt of stunning tourist spots. Known as the Ooty of the poor, Hassan is anybody's delight. Here onwards starts the beauty of nature we were all waiting for!
This scenic spot called Sakaleshpur is nestled in the Malnad region of the Western Ghats. The scenes witnessed around this place touch your heart instantaneously. The huge coffee estates, and abundant greens is a romantic experience!
Here's one of the many tunnels that you will pass through! There is no experience like it!
The spectacle nature offers will leave you with no words. You might even forget to take your cameras out of your bags!
After savouring the sight of the Western Ghats, the train decides to arrive at the pilgrim centre of Kukke Subramanya. The temple dedicated to Lord Subramanya is only 6 km from the station.
The train passes through the green villages of Bantwal and Puttur. You may take your cameras out in order not to miss a single moment of your journey.
And thus completes the green route at our destination, Mangalore!