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By trainThe Konkan Railway now runs from Bombay as far south as Sawantwadi, a picturesque border town on the Maharashtra-Goa border. And from Pernem in North Goa to Mangalore in Karnataka. However, while the link is operational, it is still not possible to travel directly from Pernem to Mangalore. Trains from Pernem run only up to Karwar.
Thus except for a short stretch between Pernem and the Maharshtra border, the line is nearly fully operational. The entire line is expected to be up and running by the end of October.
The trains from Bombay to Sawantwadi will operate at the following timings:
The train from Pernem to Karwar, KAP 1 Dn departs from Pernem at 1725 hours and arrives in Karwar at 2040 hours, daily.
The Konkan Railways has also introduced the Margao-Mangalore Express. There are two trains which will operate from Margao to Mangalore.
To cope with increasing Goa-bound rail traffic, the Konkan Railway Corporation has attached an extra sleeper on its KR 0112UP as well as its 0111DN that connects Kurla Terminus, Bombay, with Sawantwadi station. Thus now 432 berths, instead of 360 berths, in the sleeper class will be available for Sawantwadi-bound travellers.
Sawantwadi, Maharashtra is hardly 90 minutes away from Mapusa, Goa by road and there are up and running bus services between Sawantwadi and Panaji by Kadamba Transport Services and the State Road Transport Corporation.
Fares: Rs 178 for a second class sleeper ticket and Rs 779 for a sleeper in an air-conditioned coach (not available on all days).
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