I used to travel in this train almost a decade ago. I do not even remember whether catering was available, THEN. Now, that IRI mentions that catering is available, I would like to know when going from SBC to BGM / MRJ / KOP is catering available after UBL?
I am asking this as I had a very BAD experience perhaps somewhere in between 1998 - 2000 - I was travelling from SBC to BGM and the journey upto DWR was as usual, but once our train crossed Alnavar (LWR)
best train tip read ever..with so much elucidation. Hats off!
Thanks. But in that case doesn't the tip deserve a GREAT? :) Thanks again.
Unfortunately only green can be given , otherwise it eq to 10 greats!
Thanks for educating me. I grew a bit greedy I guess. Sorry!
An eye opener for many people... but even on Mumbai-Howrah trunk route I always carry dry foods & water as precaution, as I too suffered when I was small as mere 8 yrs old in Howrah-Dadar Special train which was struck for good 3-4 hrs for some track related reason...
Thanks. But how old (young) are you now? So that I can manage to calculate the problem you faced in HWH-Dadar Spl exp. :)
I would like to know when going from SBC to BGM / MRJ / KOP is catering available after UBL?
Almost nothing till Londa.
Tea/Coffee at Dharwad and some vendors selling the Peda.
Londa has things to offer, the Vada Pav and Kandha wada being the most common. The main PF, Pf1 that is, has about 3-4 stalls where things like Idlies are available. You'll have to rush to these stalls as soon as the train stops at the PF.
BGM has everything. Kunda, Idly Wadas (not as good as in UBL), Wada Paav, Egg Omlets, etc. Many Engineering students from KLE Engg college and GIT Engg college of BGM come here to savour EGG omlets, Bhurji, Half-boiled (Bull's eye) etc between 12 midnight and 3 a.m. - when all restaurants are closed and these hungry-guts need to cool down their hunger. And I do not want to forget to mention here that ADRAK ki CHAAI is also available inside and also outside of the BGM STN.
You are telling 15 years old story.The Belgaum is now one of the top 10 stations of SWR.I have travelled more stations in SWR but belgaum is best.
Don't worry about food .Login to yatracgef.com and enter your pnr,select menu and order yummy and delicious food which I have tasted.
I was in Belgaum recently. The food options is not good even now. Regarding yatrachef the minimum order for Belgaum is Rs 180 which I think is not good for single travelers.
Catering is available at Londa Junction
Alight here for the visit to Dandeli Forests- Dandeli Wild life sanctuary is about 70 kms from Dharwar but connection from here is better than connection from Alnawar the nearest railway station- NWKRTC operates buses every 10 mins once to Dandeli from where the actual forest is about 10 kms away and can be reached through taxi or by pick up from the resort you intend to stay. This sanctuary us famous for the Malabar Horn bills apart from various other bird life but be careful about the Western ghats special "leeches". Its fun to see and enjoy the various games in river Kali that passes through this sanctuary. Apart from this, there are various other scenic points to watch out for in this beautiful forest range of Western ghats
good for western ghat visitors but pls feed actual more accurate data for better convenience
the data given is accurate. Dharwad station has much better connectivity to dandeli than Alnavar, the nearest stop. The sanctuary is around 10 kms away from main town dandeli, on the route to karwar (the entrance to the sanctuary is close to town called as Joida).
Also as an additional tip, if you know someone from the paper mill (called as west coast paper mill) you can actually visit it and see how paper gets manufactured
Alnavar is a BIG NO as the railhead to proceed to Dandeli. It is a remote place. DWR is ideal for passengers arriving via south trains and Londa Jn is ideal railhead for passengers arriving from North, via MRJ, BGM or MAO. 'Bangurnagar' - that's the West Coast Paper Mill's official employee's colony. One of my relatives was a PA to the MD until year 2004. So I have visited Dandeli, the paper mills and also KULGI wildlife camp on many occasions - as early as 1981. I have stayed in the tented accommodations made available by the Karnataka Forest Dept. So DWR or LD and not LWR.
Dandeli used to have its own train not so long ago. Since you have visited dandeli many times did you spot it in any of your visits??
No. Never. I was a resident of BGM and used to travel to Dandeli by Road and not trains. And as per my know-how, Dandeli has a rail route from LWR - perhaps to facilitate the West Coast Paper Mills. However, I remember seeing a track close to the paper mills. Not sure if any passenger train did ever make any journey to and from Dandeli. Now that my relative has retired from the services from the paper mills and settled in BGM, we seldom visit Dandeli now. :)
there used to be a passenger train on that route. My mom was born and bought up in dandeli and she mentioned that to me on how she and her brother used to sit and study on Pf at night, and how they used to have a railway connection to Mumbai (not sure of this) back then. That route is currently only used by paper mills now, and once in a while you can hear the hoot of an alco as it approaches the mill. :)