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RN/Ratnagiri (3 PFs)
रत्‍नागिरी     रत्‍नागिरी

Track: Single Electric-Line

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Tel: 02352-228951, Off NH-166, Station Road, Kuwarbav, Ratnagiri 415612
State: Maharashtra

Elevation: 132 m above sea level
Zone: KR/Konkan   Division: Ratnagiri

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Type of Station: Regular
Number of Platforms: 3
Number of Halting Trains: 110
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Rating: 4.7/5 (170 votes)
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Train Tip
Mar 21 (15:50)   10105/Sindhudurg Express | RN/Ratnagiri (3 PFs)
The Journey matters more than the Destination
Vivek.Venugopalan~   1307 blog posts
Entry# 5249364            Tags   Past Edits
I travelled in this train in both the directions for a short trip from Kharepatan Road to Ratnagiri and vice versa during Holi (Shimga) in March 2022 and here is my experience:

1. Coaches: As the Sindhudurg Express has been upgraded to LHB Coaches, the experience has transformed completely. The train was satisfactorily clean throughout in both the directions.

Amenities: Even the unreserved coaches have two charging points at each bay and two each at the side seats (SLB AND SUB). Each bay is equipped with a mirror on both sides and retractable luggage hooks. There is a water vending machine (free) near the lavatories and it was in working condition. The luggage racks had cusioned seats for overcrowded scenarios.

3. Crowd: Avoid this train at any cost during the peak seasons of Ganeshotsav and Holi if you wish to travel from Diva to Khed or vice versa.I was told by one of the co-passengers that there were people hanging through the doors from Panvel and the train got almost vacant at Khed. If you are traveling beyond Khed to Sawantwadi or from Sawantwadi upto Khed, then there is no issue as it runs almost vacant in this section.

4. Food: If Mandovi Express is the Food King, then Sindhudurg Express is the Food Prince of this section. You get everything from basic Bananas to Biryanis and ice creams in this train. It is a paradise for kids travelling in this train as they can keep on munching food stuffs at regular intervals. Do note that most of the vendors are locals and not authorized by the railways. Can't comment on the quality as I had taken home cooked food during my travel.

5. Railfanning: My sole purpose of travel was Railfanning and this is a great train for us railfans. With the train waiting for almost all the crossings in the single line section and covering the beautiful konkan stretch ijn daylight, it is a paradise. Try to be at the front coaches to experience the amazing chugging sounds of the Alco from ERS shed.

Fondly called as Diva Gadi, I am sure the experience in this train would be in atleast one of the fondest childhood memories of each Konkani grownup and the individuals who have travelled in this train.

P.S: I had two kids (unknown to me) as my co-passengers and when the train blasted out of one of the umpteen tunnels after Rajapur, one of them just shouted in Marathi 'एकदम मजा येते' meaning he is having a lot of fun. I was giving them instructions on when the next tunnel is arriving and the upcoming stations enroute.

Do travel in the Sindhudurg Express to experience the child inside you.


Station Tip
May 09 2015 (22:38)   RN/Ratnagiri (3 PFs)
The Journey matters more than the Destination
Vivek.Venugopalan~   1307 blog posts
Entry# 1462196            Tags   Past Edits
Ratnagiri is a superb station on Konkan Railway.
Here are a few tips based on my experience:
1. General: Ratnagiri railway station is one of the very well maintained stations on the Konkan Railway. There are three platforms where PF#2 and 3 are island platforms. Even if your train arrives at PF #1, you would have go through the bridge in order to get out. One advantage of the train arriving of PF #1 is that there a lift is available on PF#1 which takes you to the top, eliminating the need of
taking the stairs.
2. Ganpatipule: Alight here to visit the famous Ganpatipule Beach/ Temple. You would get Rickshaws directly to the beach from the station. In order to board a rickshaw to Ganpatipule, you need to get out of the station from the PF #1 side. They charge you around 400-450 rs. The Rickshaws take you through the Aarey-Warey beach route which is quite scenic. If you would like to take a State Transport bus, they are available from Ratnagiri depot which is at quite a distance from the station. You may take a ST bus from station to depot and from there, another one to the Ganpatipule.
3: Amenities: This station has a common waiting room, a ladies only waiting room and a dormitory, all near the RPF office above PF#1. Both the rooms are way below average and badly maintained by a private organization. Instead you could rest at the benches provided near the ticket counters. The UTS ticket counters, current ticket counter and the enquiry counter are above PF#1. Water coolers are provided on PF#1 and above PF#1, near the lift.
4: Food: We had our lunch at this station and the food was above par if not awesome. There is one stall above PF#1 which serves chapati-bhaji, biryani, vada-pav and some other fast foods along with cold drinks and kokam sharbat. Try not to have Vada-Pav's from the Vendors at this station as it is tasteless.
5. Signboards and Announcements: The announcement facility at this station is quite good. The station is very nicely marked with proper signboards.
6. Railfanning: It is a superb spot for railfanning. Almost every train has a crew change at Ratnagiri in both directions and hence you would get to talk to a lot of LP's and ALP's here. Also note that the staff on Konkan Railway are very courteous and kindhearted. They are real fun to talk to and would always reply to each of your queries. I spoke to the Technical Maintenance Engineer for an hour or so and it was so nice of him to speak to me. There is also a freight platform here and hence you would also get to spot some WDG's. If you have a departure here, arrive at the station 2 to 3 hours in advance as it is ideal for RFing. I arrived 4 hours before the departure of my train and it was an awesome experience.

Nov 08 2017 (20:27)
sudhir~   9366 blog posts
Re# 1462196-1              
Exhaustive note. Thanks

Station Tip
Nov 15 2013 (00:32)   RN/Ratnagiri (3 PFs)
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Yash^~   10790 blog posts
Entry# 906710            Tags  
Ratnagiri is place famous for the world renound Alphanso mangoes(Hapus). It is also the birth place of Lokmanya Tilak. Veer Savarkar also belonged to Ratnagiri. You can visit many historical and religious places like Ganapatipule, Pawas, Jaigad Fort, Bhagawati fort etc.

Train Tip
Oct 06 2018 (12:48)   22119/Mumbai CSMT - Karmali Tejas Express | RN/Ratnagiri (3 PFs)
The Journey matters more than the Destination
Vivek.Venugopalan~   1307 blog posts
Entry# 3872620            Tags   Past Edits
Please find my observations based on my travel from Thane to Ratnagiri in Chair Car compartment listed below:
1. Coaches and Cleanliness: This is the cleanest train I have ever travelled on Indian Railways. The coaches are top notch in terms of cleanliness which would make you fall in love with the train in first place. The interiors are fabulous and you would be in awe of the facilities provided. They sprayed Air Freshner throughout the coach in the middle of the journey which was a surprise. The windows were very clean which enabled us to enjoy the scenic Konkan landscapes clearly.
Interior and Comfort: This was one of the most comfortable journeys I have ever undertaken on the Indian Railways. There are none or very less jerks felt throughout the journey.
a. SEAT AND LEGSPACE: There is ample legroom and the pushback seats are really comfortable. The legspace is way more than that in economy class of flights with space to move out even with the co-passenger being seated.
b. CHARGING POINTS: One charging point is provided per seat in addition to a point for charging laptop in each row. Plugin your USB chord in the charging point and connect it to your phone to get charged.
c. ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM: The touchscreen entertainment system provided for each seat is satisfactory enough and serves the purpose well. Due to the recent theft of headphones, you are charged Rs.30 if you require one.
d. LUGGAGE RACKS: Travelling in other Intercity Express trains on 2S and CC Coaches had me in a bit of worry whether the space for keeping luggage would be enough. The luggage Racks are large and wide enough to cater large trolley suitcases as well.
e. FOOD TABLE: A compact foldable food table provided per seat can be used while having food.
f. SLIDING DOORS: The vertical sliding doors are a big plus in this train which makes the task of getting into the coaches with big luggage effortless.
g. LED LIGHTS AND ATTENDANT ON CALL: LED Reading lights are provided for each seat. There is a button to call the attendant(like in Flights) in case of any requirement.
3. Toilets: It is equipped with Bio-toilets and they are satisfactory if not great. The much hyped automatic soap-dispensers were missing and replaced with the traditional manual ones. The sensor based touch-free basin taps worked really well. The toilet occupancy indicators were dysfunctional during our journey. There is a foldabe seat present near the automatic door which is really helpful if the toilets are full and you have to wait for your turn. Passengers must use flush before and after using the bio-toilets.
4. Automatic Doors: This is the only category of train on Indian Railways equipped with automatic sliding doors which is a big plus in terms of safety. However, passengers must be equally careful while boarding/de-boarding. There is a switch inside the coach which can be used to manually control the door. Ask the attendants present at each to open them for you incase you are left out.
5. Train Captains/TTE: There are train captains allotted for each coach on this train who are pleasant to talk to. If you have any issues/problems in regards to the journey, feel free to consult them.
6. WIFI: The WIFI was not available during our travel.
7. Food: We opted out of the catering as a result and as a result, our fare was reduced by Rs.140. In my opinion, the catering charges are really high and the railways need to look into it. We opted for the tea kit onboard which included Milk powder, tea bag and McVities marie biscuit(3 nos). The tea was tasteless and I regret paying 20 Rs for the kit.
8. Speed/Punctuality: Punctuality is the only area where I was a bit disappointed. Being a premium train, I expected it to get the highest priority and reach all the stops on time. Our train reached the destination(Ratnagiri) 45 minutes late during the monsoon period, which is great for a regular express/superfast trains but for a premium express the expectations were high from my side.
9. Fare: I paid Rs.785(incl of everything) for my journey from Thane to Ratnagiri and was not at all disappointed paying a premium fare. It was really value for each penny paid and I am looking forward to more journeys by Tejas Express in the future.
10. Railfanning: A great train for railfanning as it covers the heavenly Konkan stretch during the daytime. It hits 100 KMPH continuously in many stretches. The only disappointment(from a railfan's perspective) is the automatic doors which don't open en-route stations where the train is halted for crossings. The additional stoppage at Chiplun has really come as a boon for us Railfans.
Travelling in Tejas Express should definitely be in each Railfan's bucketlist.
The Indian Railways have done their bit in providing premium and comfortable facilities for us. It is finally our duty to make proper use of them.
Have a premium and safe journey.

Oct 06 2018 (13:54)
sudhir~   9366 blog posts
Re# 3872620-1              
very exhaustive. thanks

Oct 06 2018 (14:31)
Abhishek Jangra
AbhishekVivek^~   31953 blog posts
Re# 3872620-2              
Beautiful Explanation.. Thanks😁

Oct 06 2018 (18:34)
Ratnakar~   7409 blog posts
Re# 3872620-3              
Nice review of the train. It is in my bucket list too to travel all the way from CSMT to KRMI.

Oct 06 2018 (20:18)
The Journey matters more than the Destination
Vivek.Venugopalan~   1307 blog posts
Re# 3872620-4              
If you can, try to go from CSMT to MAO by Janshatabdi Vistadome and come back by KRMI-CSMT Tejas Express. You would be able to witness the vistadome experience as well.
I am asking you to take Tejas from KRMI to CSMT because the Vistadome coach for JS while coming back to Mumbai is attached right behind the loco you wouldn't be able to witness the amazing konkan landscapes through the viewing area.

Oct 06 2018 (20:34)
Ratnakar~   7409 blog posts
Re# 3872620-5              
Ya man, nice idea.

Oct 06 2018 (20:56)
Agent Techie
TSAnubharadwaj^   13307 blog posts
Re# 3872620-6              
Nice review. I felt I am travelling in the train. Great!

Oct 06 2018 (21:22)
sudhir~   9366 blog posts
Re# 3872620-7              
In April, I did just that. From Karmali to Ratnagiri by Tejas EC and Ratnagiri to Madgaon by JS Vistadome. The seats in Vistradome were more comfortable than Tejas. But in Vistadome, I found the AC not very effective as the windows are huge and it was a hot day.

Oct 06 2018 (21:41)
The Journey matters more than the Destination
Vivek.Venugopalan~   1307 blog posts
Re# 3872620-8              
Lovely. Thanks for the info.

Oct 06 2018 (22:40)
sudhir~   9366 blog posts
Re# 3872620-9              
Another reason for not travelling on the Vistadome from Mao to Mumbai is that a good part of the journey will be in the night. Am not sure how that experience would be. Also, the food when I travelled in April only heat and eat food (add water and microwave) was available (Upma etc) and I did not like the taste. The positive point was thanks to the chiller, cold bottled water was available on payment

Nov 18 2018 (10:21)
भूत हूँ मैं
anna~   5516 blog posts
Re# 3872620-11              
Is this train really worth for Railfanning in KR if book from CSTM to RN?
I heard somewhere that actual Konkan is after RN ?
I am planning to take Tejas to RN on Sunday, and return by MAO Rajdhani on the same day!
Plz suggest..

Nov 18 2018 (10:24)
Saurabhdubey_86^~   28083 blog posts
Re# 3872620-12              
Bhai nzm TVC SF me sleeper side lower pakdo aur Mangalore tak jaao, tab ayega asli mazaa

Nov 18 2018 (10:26)
Saurabhdubey_86^~   28083 blog posts
Re# 3872620-13              
14.11 se iska speed up hua hai. TT Kam hua hai 20 minute

Nov 18 2018 (10:26)
भूत हूँ मैं
anna~   5516 blog posts
Re# 3872620-14              
time and date issue... Sirf 1 din hai mere paas, isliye to and fro dekh raha hu ek hi din me..

Nov 18 2018 (10:28)
Saurabhdubey_86^~   28083 blog posts
Re# 3872620-15               Past Edits to Konkan ka kuch hissa hi cover ho payega.
JS me tourist car bhi try kar sakte ho

Nov 19 2018 (11:59)
The Journey matters more than the Destination
Vivek.Venugopalan~   1307 blog posts
Re# 3872620-16              
If Railfanning in konkan is your soul purpose, better to take Janshatabdi which follows Tejas as the doors would be open and you may alight at stations for crossing.
If you can adjust with the Railfanning part, it is just an awesome luxury experience. I loved it and am really looking forward for future escapades with Tejas Express.

Nov 19 2018 (12:01)
भूत हूँ मैं
anna~   5516 blog posts
Re# 3872620-17              
But will the journey in PNVL - RN section be enough (majority)?

Nov 19 2018 (12:01)
The Journey matters more than the Destination
Vivek.Venugopalan~   1307 blog posts
Re# 3872620-18              
It is back to its regular timetable as is the case with some other trains on KR.
As mentioned in the tip, I traveled during the monsoon period.

Nov 19 2018 (12:12)
The Journey matters more than the Destination
Vivek.Venugopalan~   1307 blog posts
Re# 3872620-19               Past Edits
If you may stretch a bit on your schedule, try and travel upto Mangalore/Udupi for a complete experience.
Upto Ratnagiri, there are scenic views and beauty but the majority of lovely bridges, scenic stations lie on the Ratnagiri - Thokur section.
Follow the below suggestion if you would like with your paucity of time:
1. Take the Rocket 12133 MAJN Superfast express(overnight) upto
Karwar. Then take TVC Rajdhani from Karwar back to Mumbai.
1. Maximum Utilization: Overnight Journey Upto Kankavali in 12133. This can be covered in the return via Rajdhani
2. Get to see the konkan stretch upto Karwar.
1. Less(1hr) buffer time at Karwar: The rocket may get late a bit. If you keep a track on both the trains while travelling, this can be taken care.

Nov 20 2018 (09:25)
sudhir~   9366 blog posts
Re# 3872620-20              
regarding scenery: i look at it this way: till Rathnagiri Green (more forest). After Karwar: Blue (more water bodies)

Station Tip
May 23 2015 (09:32)   RN/Ratnagiri (3 PFs)
Vivek V   980 blog posts
Entry# 1481098            Tags  
Konkan Railway has facilitated the development of Railotels as an additional improvised passenger amenity in the vicinity of important stations. In this scheme so far, Railotels are commissioned at Ratnagiri (Maharashtra) and Kumta (Karnataka) stations.
The facilities available at Railotel includes
Air condition/Non Air Condition – rooms
Vegetarian – Restaurants
Communications facilities
Sufficient parking area.
Details of Railotels
Hotel Giri Ratna (Railotel)
Near Railway Station, Ratnagiri
Managed and Operated by –
M/s.Krishnali Resorts Private Limited

May 10 2018 (20:13)
ErArani^~   8809 blog posts
Re# 1481098-1              
Any contact no?

May 14 2018 (20:57)
trainloverfromCR1979~   259 blog posts
Re# 1481098-2              
This is very useful. Please provide contact number if any
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