Mangalore Junction railway station is a gateway to the port city of Mangalore located at Darbar Hill, Padil, Mangalore, 575007, coming under the Palakkad Division of Southern Railway. The station is a junction interconnecting Mangalore Central railway station with Kerala in the south, Maharashtra/Goa and Mangalore Sea Port in the north and Bangalore-Chennai in the east. It is the busiest railway junction in the area, as all north- and southbound trains touch Mangalore through this station.
It was formerly called Kankanadi railway station when the city railway station was simply called Mangalore railway station. Later both were renamed as Mangalore Junction and Mangalore Central respectively to avoid confusion.
This is the first station in the Southern Railway zone after the Konkan Railway zone which ends at Thokur, the previous station up north. Most trains stop here (scheduled and unscheduled stops) for change of TTEs and crew and other tasks like water refilling. Historically Mangalore was a terminus station, with trains terminating at the old Mangalore Central station. With Mangalore now connected to the North of India via the Konkan Railway and east to Bangalore via Hassan on the South Western Railway, Mangalore has become a transit point for trains originating from North India and points east, Mysore and Bangalore and with final destinations in Kerala. Those trains which do not terminate at Mangalore city, halt at Mangalore Junction station on their onward journey. The track network in the Mangalore area has been laid out in a triangular pattern, with Mangalore Junction, Mangalore Central and the Netravati River Railway Bridge at the vertices of the triangle. This precludes trains transiting through Mangalore from using the Mangalore Central railway station. Since the number of trains transiting through Mangalore is more than train traffic that terminates at Mangalore, Mangalore Junction sees higher train traffic than its counterpart the Mangalore Central station, which still retains its role as a terminus for almost every train terminating or originating from the city of Mangalore.
Mangalore (Listeni/ˈmæŋɡəlɔːr/), officially known as Mangaluru, is the chief port city of the Indian state of Karnataka. It is known as Kudla in Tulu, Mangaluru in Kannada, Kodial in Konkani, Maikāla in Beary. It is located about 352 kilometres (220 mi) west of the state capital, Bangalore between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghat mountain ranges. It is the administrative headquarters of the Dakshina Kannada (formerly South Canara) district in south western Karnataka.
It developed as a port on the Arabian Sea—remaining, to this day, a major port of India. Lying on the backwaters of the Netravati and Gurupura rivers, Mangalore is often used as a staging point for sea traffic along the Malabar Coast. The city has a tropical climate and lies in the path of the Arabian Sea branch of the South-West monsoons. Mangalore’s port handles 75 per cent of India’s coffee and cashew exports. Mangalore was ruled by several major powers, including the Kadambas, Alupas, Vijayanagar Empire, Keladi Nayaks and the Portuguese. The city was a source of contention between the British and the Mysore rulers, Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. Eventually annexed by the British in 1799, Mangalore remained part of the Madras Presidency until India’s independence in 1947. The city was unified with the state of Mysore (now called Karnataka) in 1956.
Mangalore is demographically diverse with several languages, including Tulu, Konkani, Kannada, English, Urdu and Beary commonly spoken, and is the largest city in Dakshina Kannada district. Mangalore is one of the most cosmopolitan non-metro cities of India. It is also the largest city in the Coastal and Malnad regions of Karnataka, besides being a leading commercial, industrial, educational and healthcare hub on the West Coast. Mangalore city urban agglomeration extends from Ullal in the south to mulki in the north, covering a distance of over 40 km. The city’s landscape is characterised by rolling hills, coconut palms, freshwater streams and hard red-clay tiled-roof buildings.
The railways wish to develop Mangalore Junction to a world-class station on the 60 acres of land, owned by the railways, that adjoins the station.
Some trains originate and passes through Mangalore railway station:
12618:Mangala Lakshadweep Express
22654:Hazrat Nizamuddin Trivandrum Super Fast Express
22656:Hazrat Nizamuddin Trivandrum Super Fast Express
12218:Kerala Sampark Kranti
10215:Madgaon – Ernakulam Express
19262:Porbandar – Kochuveli Express
22660:Dehradun Trivandrum Kochuveli Super Fast Express
12224:Ernakulam – Mumbai LTT Duronto
12977:Maru Sagar Express
19259:Trivandrum Kochuveli – Bhavnagar Express
19578:Hapa – Tirunelveli Express
56640:Mangalore – Madgaon Passenger