Train from Goa to Hampi and back
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Jul 18, 2010 9:58 PM Last Post By: leabee
Jun 21, 2010 3:14 AM
I need some expert advice. Myself and a few friends will be travelling around South India (land in Cochin, Munnar, Allepey) and we are going to be making a visit to Goa and Hampi before we head back home. We are going away for 3 weeks.
I have been trying to get my head around the Train timetable and it is frustrating me greatly (I have to admit, I am not good with reading this).
I gather from the Indian Rail.gov website (and I hope this is a reliable website) http://www.indianrail.gov.in/ that the correct train to catch from Goa (Madgaon) to Hampi (Hospet) is the 8048 Train (VSG - Howrah Express) and to catch a return train from Hampi (Hospet) to Goa (Madgaon) will be the 8047 train (Amaravathi Exp).
Can anyone confirm if this is correct as I am aware that you will need to book your train tickets in advance? I am aware that there is a bus from Goa to Hampi that you can catch (and that will also be an option) but have been reading horror stories about Buses in India. Is there also a reliable web site to book these tickets from (either the Indian Rail or something else) or would it be better to visit an Indian travel agent in Australia?
Can I also ask, if I was to catch trains from Fort Cochin to Allepey - is it really necessary to book these shorter distance trains in advance or does it only apply to long distance?
Much Thanks everyone :)
You help is greatly appreciated.
Edited by: leabee
Jun 21, 2010 4:53 AM
1Without looking, I'm sure you're right. You might check the days it runs. 5 years ago it was not a daily train, and I haven't looked it up since.
There's not too much need to huge advance booking. (Again 5 years ago) I didn't even HAVE a ticket, only a platform ticket and bought my 2AC seat after the train was moving. In Hampi, I just bought from the first guy on the lanes that was able to produce a printed ticket for my return. This was early November for a reference and the train was not full in either direction.
There is an overnight bus, I think. I don't take overnight buses, and hate like heck to take the day ones, but sometimes it's easier than the train. Last bus back from Udaipur there were 7 accidents that I saw, some pretty awful - and that's only a 250Km stretch.
Ok went and looked it up....
8048 VSG HOWRAH EXP VASCO DA GAMA TUE-THU-FRI-SUN
8047 AMARAVATHI EXP HOWRAH JN MON-TUE-THU-SAT
Those are the correct trains, and it's still the same, not every day. They both stop in Madgaon and Hospet. It's a quirky rickshaw to Hampi from there, with kids and a gate across the road tryin' to snag a few rupees to let you pass.
Jun 21, 2010 4:25 PM
Jun 22, 2010 1:24 AM
3First up you'll need to undestand the mad world of train station naming in India at times. The stations you need in Goa, are Vasco De Gama (so named in the timetables) and Margao (named Madgaon by Indian Railways)
All trains for Hampi use the Hospet Railhead (there's NO station at Hampi itself)
So the train details look like this
Margao - Hospet Runs Tues, Thur, Fri and Sun ONLY
8048 VSG HOWRAH EXP MAO 08.00 HPT 14.48 travel time 06.48hrs
2AC Rs 609
3AC Rs 447
SL Rs 170
Hopset - Margao Runs M*on, Wed, Thur, Sat ONLY*
7603 KCG YPR EXP HPT 06.30 MAO 13.40 travel time 07.10hrs
1AC Rs 1020
2AC Rs 609
3AC Rs 447
SL Rs 170
As to booking well there's no real need to book ahead for short journeys like Fort Cochin (Ernakulem railhead) to Allepey, you can just by a general class ticket board the train and if the unreserved general class mayhem is too much for you simply approach the TT (ticket Insoector) and ask to up grade your ticket, alternatively just get the general class ticket find a comfy seat and ask fr the upgrade when the TT passes by, not technically kosher, as you are supposed to ask for the upgrade on the platform or in general class itself. However I've often just found a comfy seat on the train and did the upgrade there, with no complaints from the TT.
Having said all that, it's so easy to book ahead these days that if you know the dates you are travelling on then why not book ahead.
You can easily find your trains using erail (personal favourite, easy to navigate) http://erail.in/
For booking you can use these three sites to book a print your own e ticket, which you just show the TT along with your passport or the ID you named in making the booking.
http://www.irctc.co.in/ (you need to register with this official outlet)
For more info on trains see these links
Or my own offering
Jul 18, 2010 9:58 PM
4Thank you so much for the information.
Do you have any suggestions with travelling from Cochi to Goa via train?
We were going to go by plane, however, we were thinking that it may be a better choice (scenic wise) if we did travel by train - however, I believe it is a very long journey to Goa (15 hours??)
And I am guessing the same thing is that we will need to book in advanced for this trip?
Thank you for all your help.
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