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MAO/Madgaon Junction (6 PFs)
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Jn. Points LD/MJO/MAJN Tel; 0832-2712790, Off Margao - Quepem Road, Margao 403601
State: Goa

Zone: KR/Konkan   Division: Karwar

Type of Station: Junction
Number of Platforms: 6
Number of Halting Trains: 145
Number of Originating Trains: 27
Number of Terminating Trains: 27
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Rating: 4.7/5 (258 votes)
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Feb 18 2018 (20:12)   12134/Mangaluru Jn. - Mumbai CSMT SF Express (PT)
Vivek Anandan~   1233 blog posts
Entry# 3120071            Tags   Past Edits
The best overnight train to travel on Konkan Railway specifically for Goa bound passengers. I finally got my first experience to travel in the "Rocket" and it really lived upto its name. Please find my observations based on my travel from Thane to Karwar and Madgaon to Thane in 3AC compartment listed below:
1. Punctuality: I've heard about it being delayed in the recent past due to the delayed departure but during my instance, it reached the destination quite decently. The Speeds that it hits are truly a treat for the railfans. 12134 impressed me a lot with the Alco chugging and going on a spree after Kankavali. The only issue is the 12134 getting a delayed departure from MAJN. In the
DOWN direction, it departed with a delay of half an hour and reached Karwar with a delay of a couple of hours and in the UP direction, it departed MAO with a delay of half an hour and reached Thane with a delay of an hour.
2. Coaches and Cleanliness: The Coach is of customary ICF design with decent interiors. The Linens and Pillows were very clean. Both 12133 and 12134 have OBHS(On-board Housekeeping Service) and the 3AC Coaches were quite clean. The staff arrived after MAO to collect the leftovers at each berth. Charging points with mobile holder are present at each bay and Side berths as well. A mirror is provided at each bay.
3. Toilets: It is equipped with Bio-Toilets (atleast in 3AC) and liquid soaps are provided. The toilets were quite clean throughout the journey.
4. Food: As there is no pantry car, food is provided by private vendors. In 12133, we had Veg Sandwich for 40 Rs which was decent. In 12134, the food was loaded at Kumta and served till we reached Kankavali. Chicken Biryani and Chapati Bhaji were available during our travel. Chapati Bhaji costed Rs. 45(4 Chapatis ad Potato Curry) and the taste was average and not that great. The roti is made of Refined Flour(Maida) and not Wheat Flour.
5. Booking/Reservation: If you are travelling from Mumbai To Madgaon and find the seats full, book upto Udupi. CSTM to UD comes under General Quota and hence there more seats available.
6. Railfanning: As it is a overnight train, there is not much in terms of railfanning(upto MAO) other than the lovely Alco chugging sounds and the magnificent speeds. If you are travelling upto MAJN, then you are in for a treat as it goes on a spree after MAO.
Have a safe trip.

Feb 19 2018 (00:44)
Sunit~   2159 blog posts
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its my favorite train to travel to my native kankavali. its Pooled quota always get full in less time. so i used to book upto udupi in 12133. and for 12134 booked from karawar. karwar comes under genral quota for 12134.

Feb 19 2018 (11:53)
Vivek Anandan~   1233 blog posts
Re# 3120071-2            Tags   Past Edits
Yes. Even for me it has surpassed konkan kanya which was my previous favourite for overnight journey on KR.

Mar 22 2021 (11:42)
Vivek Anandan~   1233 blog posts
Re# 3120071-4            Tags   Past Edits
Due to its speed and priority in the KR section during old legacy days. Although it runs with almost close to the old legacy days due to less congestion on KR due to covid-19, it was getting badly delayed pre-covid times.

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Apr 28 2019 (22:07)   KRMI/Karmali (2 PFs)
Hala Madrid 🇪🇸
promethsuresh^~   3199 blog posts
Entry# 4304008            Tags   Past Edits
If your travelling in the state of Goa there is no app based taxis like Ola and Uber.However the Govt. of Goa has developed an app Called GoaMiles.So please use that and don't be a victim of overcharging cab drivers who will be waiting to loot unaware tourists.Image source-google.Download link for android - click here

Apr 29 2019 (23:13)
BRC HOG WAP7 with LHB Avantika Express
GirishfromIndor^~   5432 blog posts
Re# 4304008-2            Tags   Past Edits
very very helpful! :)

Oct 03 2019 (23:18)
ST   532 blog posts
Re# 4304008-3            Tags   Past Edits
Thanks for information, When GOa Govt. develop an app, why not make a arrangement of prepaid taxi service out side rly stn., like Mapusa, Karmali, Madgaon etc .....

Oct 04 2019 (18:35)
Partner and Om Shanti Om is my favorite film
Brandon12663^~   30368 blog posts
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No ola in goa??

Oct 04 2019 (19:12)
Hala Madrid 🇪🇸
promethsuresh^~   3199 blog posts
Re# 4304008-5            Tags   Past Edits
nope the local taxi unions doesn't allow them to operate and govt. doesn't do anything because the taxi drivers and their families are vote banks for political parties and they don't want to lose that

Oct 04 2019 (22:11)
Partner and Om Shanti Om is my favorite film
Brandon12663^~   30368 blog posts
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Surprised to hear all these

Oct 04 2019 (23:59)
Ronnie Braganza
Roncine~   134 blog posts
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You can take a prepaid auto to old goa church Rs. 100/-. or to
Panjim bustand Rs. 300/-.
Buses to panjim from old Goa church every 5 minutes.
Panjim. you can hire self drive cars or 2 wheelers on daily basis, lots of choice.

Oct 05 2019 (17:42)
Saurabhdubey_86^~   26824 blog posts
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Last time when I went there,; deboarded at karmali, when to fly over and then took bus to panjim bus stand in 20/- and then from panjim took a ktc bus to margao for 25/-.
But yes for family travel , more arrangements are required like good priced app based taxi service

Oct 07 2019 (15:04)
Hala Madrid 🇪🇸
promethsuresh^~   3199 blog posts
Re# 4304008-9            Tags   Past Edits
that's ok if travelling alone but for family this is a better option and no one wants to drive after a long journey in the train

Oct 07 2019 (21:06)
Sagar Pradhan
SagarPradhan   201 blog posts
Re# 4304008-10            Tags   Past Edits
As per the review of that app. it deducts 200 rs when you want to book the taxi. It goes for search after money is deducted. And most of the time you will get message that no taxis around your area. Then if you want to refund the money it goes to application wallet or paytm. So if you planning for it to be for Airport or Railway station, be careful.

Feb 06 2020 (19:31)
Ronnie Braganza
Roncine~   134 blog posts
Re# 4304008-11            Tags   Past Edits
Catching a bus on the flyover bridge is not safe ladies & families as you have to walk on the tracks. Back packers prefer this route.

Feb 06 2020 (19:45)
Saurabhdubey_86^~   26824 blog posts
Re# 4304008-12            Tags   Past Edits
Yes, already wrote there that good for solo light luggage travelers only.
For family travel, taxi/cab required
Nov 18 2019 (13:50)   MAO/Madgaon Junction (6 PFs)
trainloverfromCR1979~   259 blog posts
Entry# 4491414            Tags   Past Edits
Just outside PF1 there is prepaid taxi stand where you can tell the exact address and book a taxi. We went to Panaji and paid Rs. 1150/- Surprisingly, we booked cab from outside Panaji Bus stand while returning. The cab driver picked us from hotel and dropped to Madgaon Jn in Rs 900/- only.
Nov 18 2019 (13:53)   MAO/Madgaon Junction (6 PFs)
trainloverfromCR1979~   259 blog posts
Entry# 4491415            Tags   Past Edits
There is park approx 1.5 KMS away from Madgaon Jn. Its call Aga Khan Children's Park and just near to it there is Govt park. The Aga Khan was closed when we reached there (it was 2 PM) but Govt park was open. There was cool breeze flowing so we sat and enjoyed. The park was clean. Just nearby the park, there is ice-cream shop. Ice cream was really nice. The auto rickshaw charged Rs. 120 from railway station (outside pf 3) and same amount while returning to station. People were waiting just outside the park for buses going to various destinations in Goa
Feb 17 2018 (14:23)   CNO/Canacona (2 PFs)
Vivek Anandan~   1233 blog posts
Entry# 3115115            Tags   Past Edits
The best and most convenient station to reach Palolem beach is Canacona. Please find some of my observations while I visited this station:
1. Palolem Beach (Pocket friendly hack): To save 1500 - 1800 rs of getting to the beach in a Taxi from Madgaon, use this station. There are some outsation trains which have a halt at Canacona(like Matsyagandha, Netravati and Gandhidham Nagercoil Express). If your train doesn't have a halt at Canacona but halts at Madgaon or Karwar, follow the below trick:
Look for a train that goes towards Karnataka from
Madgaon and halts at Canacona. If there isn't a train on the Madgaon - Karwar direction, get down at Karwar and take a train going towards Madgaon which halts at Canacona.
Eg: In our case, we booked 12133/Mumbai CSMT - Mangaluru Junction SF Express from CSTM to Udupi and got down at Karwar. Then we took 56640/Mangaluru Central - Madgaon Passenger from Karwar and got down at Canacona. Ticket cost: Just 10Rs per person from Karwar to Canacona.
Palolem beach is just 1.5 Kms away from the station and the best way to get to the beach or to a hotel closer to the beach is by walk. The autos charge Rs.100 from here to the beach.
2. NH 66: This station is very close to NH 66(Pnvel Kochi Highway). You will get KTCL, NWKRTC and variuous other public transport buses to Margao, Vasco and other parts of Goa and Karnataka from here.
3. Taxis/ Bike Pilots: We did not find any taxis at this station during our visit. Taxis would be available from NH66. No bike pilots are available at this station.
4. Bikes on rent: The closest bike rental is at a distance of 1 km away from the station, on the way to Palolem beach. The rates during Feb 2018 were 350 for an Activa/Scooty for a day, i.e 9 am to 9 pm. Do not pay any deposit. You need to keep an ID proof with them as a security for the bike. Do not keep your driving license. This is the best mean of transport for sight seeing.
5. Cleanliness: This is a very clean station with ample benches, watercooler and toilets, all available on PF 1. The ticket counter opens 2 hrs prior and closes 5 mins before a departure.
6. Places to Visit: a) Cola Beach: The best beach in Goa and infact in whole of India. You would be mesmerized by its beauty. There is sea on one side and a fresh water lagoon on the other side. We went there twice from Palolem on our rented scooty. The final 1.5 KM of road to the beach is very bumpy and requires some bit of offroading. After parking your bikes, you need to walk down about 50 steps to reach the beach. Distance: 12.5 KMS from Canacona.
b) Cabo-De-rama Fort: Known for the best views of the Arabian Sea, this is a fort which is covered by sea on three sides. A must visit place if you are in South Goa. Bonus Tip: After entering the fort, get down through the left side of the Church for some of the most magnificent sceneries.
c) Palolem Beach: A beach full of Shacks and Restaurants all over. Most crowded of all the South Goa Beaches but still beautiful than many of North Goa's best beaches. You can get a boat ride to Honeymoon Beach , Butterfly Beach and some Dolphin Spotting early morning. Distance: 1.5 KMS from Canacona.
d) Patnem Beach, Agonda Beach, Galgibaga Beach : Some of the other beaches which are less crowded and pretty.
e) Mallikarjun Temple: On the way to Galgibaga Beach on NH 66.
South Goa is the place to be in if you are looking for peace and serenity with clean beaches to stroll around.
Have a safe trip.

Feb 17 2018 (21:30)
Guest: 7fc93259   show all posts
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Now This Is What You Call A Travel Tip
Thanks For Sharing

Feb 17 2018 (21:59)
LHB Coromandal A Dream
Suri~   7835 blog posts
Re# 3115115-2            Tags   Past Edits
Apart from just signalling green, i think it would be very rude for not appreciating for giving us so detailed tip about South Goa Beaches.
Thanks a lot.

Feb 17 2018 (22:00)
Somanko_ELST^~   36139 blog posts
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Excellent Tip. Very useful for everyone here.

Feb 17 2018 (22:12)
Guest: 7fe3042a   show all posts
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Thanks for the well explained travel tip. Will be very helpful for those travelling next time.

Feb 17 2018 (23:32)
Ankit~   85 blog posts
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Excellent Travel Tip with crisp details.sir, take a bow.
Many thanks for giving us all a detailed and elongated information.

Feb 18 2018 (11:18)
Vivek Anandan~   1233 blog posts
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Thank you everyone for the warm appreciations.
If anyone needs anything more, please feel free to ask. Will be happy to help.

Sep 01 2018 (17:06)
sudhir~   9366 blog posts
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Both Mathsyagandha express (Mumbai-Mangaluru) and Nethravathi (Thiruvanthapuram to Mumbai) stop at Canacona in both directions

Sep 03 2018 (11:30)
Vivek Anandan~   1233 blog posts
Re# 3115115-8            Tags   Past Edits
Yes bro. There are some other trains too that halt at CNO.
I had mentioned the Palolem beach hack for getting there from Madgaon.
If the train has a halt at CNO, then there is no issue.

Sep 03 2018 (11:54)
sudhir~   9366 blog posts
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yes, you are right, it is definitely more convenient if you select a train which stops at canacona. i stayed at palolem for 5 years between 2007 and 2012 and i find your posting exhaustive. congrats. You should try the Polem beach too. It is the last beach in Goa.

Sep 03 2018 (12:53)
Vivek Anandan~   1233 blog posts
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Thanks bro.
I found the Canacona city to be a relaxed and very peaceful place. It is really great that you stayed there for such a long period. Lucky you :D
The southern most beach which I visited was Galgibaga and it was amazing.
Xandrem and Polem are surely in my bucket list. As we travel further south in Goa, the beaches start getting
secluded and serene.
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