Nowadays, a vacation very rarely includes traveling on a train. But there are so many scenic train journeys that give you a wonderful tour of beautiful locations. Train-traveling used to be a much-awaited period in childhood. But even today you can get a bit nostalgic and revisit those beautiful landscapes and admire their loveliness. Here are the top 10 scenic train journeys in India out of which some of the best ones are from Karnataka.
1. Hubli – Madgaon
You can experience one of the most enchanting and thrilling experience while traveling from Karnataka’s Hubli to Madgaon. The train goes through one of the most gigantic and magnificent Dudhsagar waterfalls that gush out water in full vigor from 300 meters. The cascading, amazing beauty of the waterfall force you to keep on looking at it which you can do by getting down quickly at the Londa junction.
2. Ratnagiri – Mangalore
It is yet another train that moves through Karnataka. This railway track that is a part of the Konkan Railway network. It takes you from Ratnagiri to Mangalore in Karnataka absorbing dense forests, deep tunnels, mighty Western Ghats, sharp bends, river bridges, and innumerable streams that run during the rainy season. All these views leave the travelers spellbound.
3. Bangalore – Kanyakumari
The journey from the capital city of Karnataka to Kanyakumari is very scenic and offers a typical South Indian landscape. The views include meadows, picturesque villages, plantations, and water bodies. The Island Express travels a distance of 944 km in around 19.5 hours and takes you through the land of Malgudi Days.
4. Hassan – Mangalore
The Hassan to Mangalore train offers a pleasant journey that takes you through scenic waterfalls, palm plantations, lofty mountains, and rice meadows. Voyage through railway along this route moves through the Malnad region stretch that is a perfect delight and refreshing to the travelers.
5. Jammu – Baramulla
Jammu and Kashmir are one of the most beautiful places in the world. Naturally, any journey in this area is bound to give you a beautiful experience. The railway track that connects Jammu, Udhampur, Srinagar, and Baramulla is enthralling and picturesque. It is also one of the most challenging railway projects located in the high earthquake intensity zone with extreme cold temperature and rugged terrain.
6. Pathankot – Jogindernagar
This railway route offers you the thrills of Kangra Valley, exclusive flora, river bridges, and deep gorges. The ride of 164 km from Pathankot to Jogindernagar is in Himachal Pradesh.
This trip in Rajasthan glorifies scenic beauty with lots of colors as you see various places in the vicinity with the help of a train the “Dessert Queen.” It takes a tourist to reach Jodhpur from Jaisalmer in 6 hours and offers diversified topography with grazing camels, yellow soil, xerophytic vegetation.
8. Kalka – Shimla
Shimla is famous for its picturesque beauty. The journey from Kalka to Shimla offers you exquisite glimpses of beautiful valleys, foggy meadows, steep pathways, and more. The UNESCO is considering to include this narrow gauge train or the little toy train as a World Heritage Site. The journey of 96 km, 102 tunnels, and 82 bridges offers you glimpses of rolling bends, steep curves, deep valleys, forests of pine, oak, rhododendron, and deodar.
9. Flavors of Assam (Guwahati-Lumding-Silchar)
The train from Guwahati to Silchar passes through lush greenery of Haflong’s adjoining valleys and banks of the river Jatinga. Afterward, it meanders into the tea gardens of Barak Valley and then runs through the plains.
10. Tamil Nadu-Rameshwaram
Also called the Sea Bridge Ride, the Tamil Nadu-Rameshwaram bridge connects Mandapam in the state of Tamil Nadu to the island of Pamban. This is the second longest sea bridge in the country and makes you fall in love with the journey as you cross the Gulf of Mannar.
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