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Shoranur Junction


shoranurjnkl51882Shoranur Junction is the railway station in Kerala, located at Shoranur, Palakkad District . The station is situated at the junction of four major railway lines – the Nilambur line from the north, Coimbatore line from the east, Cochin Harbour Terminus line from the south and Mangalore line from the North-west. Being the entry point into the Malabar region from the rest of the state , Shoranur is often referred as the gateway to Malabar. It comes under the Palakkad Railway Division of the Southern Railway. Shoranur is the first railway station in Kerala to introduce Clean train station activity , whereby trains stopping at the station for more than 15 minutes would be subjected to mechanized cleaning and garbage removal .Lifts from platforms has also been proposed,As a pilot project She toilet has also been introduced.Baby care unit was opened in Ladies waiting Hall on PF .2/3

There are 7 platforms at the station for handling long and short distance trains. platforms 1 and 2 mainly handles passenger trains originating from the station , while platforms 4,5,6 and 7 caters to long distance express trains. There is only a single terminal which is located towards the northern side of the station.

The station is located on the Shoranur ring road. The Shoranur Municipal Bus Stand located 500 m away, provides bus services to Ottapalam,Thrissur ,Pattambi, Cherpulassery, Chelakkara, Mannarkkad, Perinthalmanna and Kunnamkulam. The second Municipal stand at Kulappully , located 2 km from the Shoranurstation, handles bus services to Palakkad, Guruvayur, Ponnani and Valanchery.

The history of Shoranur railway station dates back to the 19th century when the railways first made inroads into Malabar. The station became operational with the opening of Pattambi – Podanur line on 14 April 1862. The importance of the station increased with the opening of the Shoranur – Eranakulam line in 1902. The final addition to the railway infrastructure of Shoranur came with the opening of Nilambur road line in 1927.

There is a long standing demand for an Island station along the link line that bye passes the Shoranur Junction railway station 1 km to the east. Construction of such a station is expected to help the passengers from Malabar access many long distance trains that at present passes through the outskirts of station.

About Shoranur:
Shoranur  is a town and a municipality located in the Palakkad district, in the Indian state of Kerala, located on the banks of the Bharathapuzha River.Shoranur junction Railway Station is the largest Railway Station In Kerala. Shornur’ is named in revenue records as ‘Chiramannur/ Cheramannur’ and in railway records ‘Cherumannur’. Chiramannur was transformed into Shoranur. This name Chiramannur might have derived from the relation of this place to Bharathapuzha.

Valluvanad was an erstwhile late medieval feudal state in present state of Kerala in South India extending from the Bharathapuzha River in the south to the Pandalur Mala in the north during their zenith in the early Middle Ages. On the west, it was bounded by the Arabian Sea at the port Ponnani and on the east by Attappadi Hills. According to local legends, the last Later Chera ruler gave a vast extension of land in South Malabar to one of their governors, Valluvakkonithiri and left for a hajj. This town connects to other parts of India through Palakkad city. National Highway No.544 connects to Coimbatore and Bangalore. Other parts of Kerala is accessed through National Highway No.66 going through Thrissur. Calicut International Airport, Cochin International Airport and Coimbatore Airport are the nearest airports. Shoranur Junction railway station is the nearest major railway station.

Shoranur 1Some Trains are Originate and passes through Shoranur Junction:
16603:Maveli Express
22475:Bikaner – Coimbatore AC Super Fast Express
12978:Maru Sagar Express
16566:Mangalore – Yesvantpur Express
17605:Mangalore Kacheguda Express
16604:Maveli Express
12685:Mangalore Express
16629:Malabar Express
16855:Puducherry – Mangalore Express
22851:Santragachi – Mangalore Central Super Fast Vivek Express
16347:Mangalore Express
22638:West Coast Express
12431:Rajdhani Express
16630:Malabar Express
11098: Poorna Express

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