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MAO/Madgaon Junction (6 PFs)
Local Name: Margao
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Track: Double Electric-Line

Updated: Nov 14 2023 (18:05)
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Number of Platforms: 6
Number of Halting Trains: 84
Number of Originating Trains: 17
Number of Terminating Trains: 17
Jn. Points LD/MJO/MAJN, Off Margao - Quepem Rd, Margao. Pin: 403601.Tel: 0832-2712790.
State: Goa
Elevation: 9 m above sea level
Type: Junction
Category: NSG-2
Zone: KR/Konkan
Division: Karwar
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Dec 05 2023 (15:22)   THVM/Thivim (2 PFs)
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The Official Govt Approved Rates for Tourist Cabs as well as Black and Yellow Taxis has been attached below. Everything is given in complete detail.

If you want to calculate the fare to get to the railway station from your hotel or vice versa, calculate the total distance in KMs and multiply it with the per km fare one way given in the last column (one way journey without return).
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Eg: Baga to Thivim Railway Station = 23 Kms and Per Km Fare (Swift Dzire AC) = 43 Rs / KM
Total Amount = 23 X 43 = 989 (Approx 1000 INR)
I have verified these rates as of Dec 2023 for Tourist Taxis.

Vivek

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Dec 07 2023 (22:13)   11100/Madgaon - Mumbai LTT Express | MAO/Madgaon Junction (6 PFs)
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We undertook a trip in this train from Thivim to Thane in Dec 2023 and sharing the below tips based on my experience:

1. Cleanliness: Good cleanliness and a well maintained passenger coaches. There is Onboard Housekeeping Service (OBHS) on this train and the staff sweeps the coaches (AC) atleast once during the journey and additionally when asked to clean. The toilets were in satisfactory condition and you may ask the staff to clean if they are unclean.
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2. Punctuality: Book this train only if you have ample time and are not in a hurry to get to the destination. It is usually gets rescheduled by atleast an hour from MAO itself due to the pairing train arriving late. Gets thrashed by Vande Bharat, Janshatabdi and Tejas even before Ratnagiri thereby increasing the delay. The arrival timing at Thane is 10.23 pm but it usually arrives after midnight which makes it difficult to find the last mile connectivity from Thane. It is the same case with 11099 as well which gets a delayed departure from Source. It is looped in most of the cases for crossings and gets low priority in the Konkan Section.

3. Food: This was the train in which rats were found roaming in the Pantry Car and hence we absolutely avoided food onboard. I anyways avoid food on any train on IR (barring Ahuja Caterers) but this train has a bad history. If you are boarding from Madgaon or Thivim, get Parathas or other food items packed via food aggregators like Zomato and Swiggy who deliver at the stations. You get Puranpoli, Ghavane Chutney (Neer Dosa Chutney) and Fried Modak at Kankavali Station which may be packed if you wish to avoid food onboard. For anyone still eager to try food onboard, Cup noodles, Omlette, Cheese sandwich were available in snacks while Veg and Chicken Biryani were available for Lunch and Dinner

4. Ticket Availability: Barring a few instances of Peak Season, tickets are easily available in this train. A lot of seats are reserved for VIP Quota which gets released at chart preparation if they are not allotted.

5. UR Coach: As it isn't a daily train and gets less patronage, you may expect UR to be relatively empty than Konkan Kanya, Mandovi and Tutari Express

6. Railfanning: As it covers South Goa, North Goa, Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri districts in daylight, it is a good train for railfanning. Besides, it gets looped on multiple occasions as it gets less priority in the section which can be a boon for railfans

7. Safety: No safety issues observed during my travel and trains running in the Konkan section are relatively safer.

Have a safe trip.

Vivek

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Oct 25 2019 (16:13)   MAO/Madgaon Junction (6 PFs)
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Madgaon is one of the most important stations on the Konkan Railway route. I visited this station a couple of times in October 2019 and listing some tips below:
1. Connectivity: Madgaon precisely lies in South Goa and is very well connected to other regions in Goa. Below are some of the means of transport from Madgaon station to other destinations:
a. Bus: Madgaon railway station has a small bus stand located about 200 mts from the railway station platform no 1. The main bus stand is about 3 kms away from
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the station and buses to almost every destination would be available from the main stand. You may take a bus from the railway station bus stop and alight at the main bus stand or take an auto rickshaw to the main bus stand. Do make sure that you bargain atleast 20% of the quoted fare if traveling by an auto.
b. App based taxis: Goa miles is the app based air-conditioned cab service provided by Goa tourism. Goa miles is one of the best developments in Goa and it was really the need of the hour. They have started accepting online payments and also allow advanced booking for a future travel. We booked a cab through Goa miles from Madgaon station to Agonda and the fare was 1000 INR for a sedan. Private cab operators charge about 1800 for the same distance. In return, we took a cab from Benaulim to Madgaon station and the fare was 180 INR. Avoid prepaid taxis at the railway station too as the fares set by the govt are insanely high.
c. Bike pilots: Multiple bike pilots were available at Madgaon station during our visit. If you are an individual traveling alone, then it is the best option to hire a bike pilot. They are available near the station circle itself.
d. Bike/Car rentals: There would be operators at the railway station who offer bike/cars on rent. These should be self driven and the rates vary according to season. A scooty in good condition should cost around 300-400. You get a good bargain if you hire for a longer period. Do take a video of the scooty before accepting it as an evidence so that you won't be liable for the damages not done by you. Pro Tip: The operators near the beaches offer a better bargain than the ones at the Railway Station.
e. Local Train connectivity: Madgaon station has fair bit of connectivity through local trains. You may take the local and passenger trains to get to your destinations at low costs.
Pernem-Karwar-Pernem DEMU, Madgaon-Mangaluru - Madgaon passenger, Vasco - Kulem - Vasco passenger services are some examples.
2. Amenities at the station: Madgaon railway station has 4 platforms with an escalator on Platform 1. There is a single overbridge connecting all the platforms. If your train has arrival/departure from Platform 1, you don't have to climb the bridge. On platform no 2, you have a ramp on one side of the bridge to easily pull wheel based trolleys.
a. Benches: There are ample benches to rest at Madgaon.
b. Waiting rooms: General waiting room and a ladies only waiting room is available at Platform no 1.
c. Special AC Lounge: A separate paid AC lounge is available on Platform 1.
d. Retiring Rooms: There are plush recently renovated retiring rooms available at the first floor on Platform 1. These renovated retiring rooms equipped with wooden flooring are better than some of the 3 star hotels. I stayed at at an air-conditioned room with a double for 9 hrs and the fare was around 1100 INR incl of GST for two passengers.
e. Water: Purified RO water vending machine is available on Platform no 1 towards Udupi end after Benjoes restaurant. If you have your own bottle, you may refil it at a cost as low as 5 INR for a litre. Use this service instead of buying mineral water bottles.
f. Food: Benjoes Restaurant: The Benjoes rail restaurant serves satisfactory food if not great. We had jeera rice, idli, paratha and all tasted just fine. Had higher expectations after hearing so much about it.
Dominos: Dominos pizza outlet is available at Platform 1 towards Udupi end.
Amul outlet: Amul outlet is present on Platform 1 near Dominos.
Margao Central: This is a rail themed air-conditioned restaurant, not at Madgaon railway station but located about 1.5 kms away at Rawanfond circle. They have renovated an abandoned coach into a restaurant and the ambience is great. We liked the experience at Margao Central. The best way to reach Margao central is by walk.
Other alternatives: Food delivery aggregators like Zomato and Swiggy deliver at Madgaon station and you may give it a try.
3. Cleanliness: Being a major station on the section, it is very clean.
4. Railfanning: It is a great station for railfanning. Almost every passenger train has a halt at Madgaon station and the halt is usually a longer one. The Ro-Ro's(Roll On Roll Off) plying on konkan railway are added attractions.
5. Nearby attractions:
Benaulim Beach: Benaulim is the nearest beach to Madgaon. Very clean beach completely filled with shacks in the season. You may spot Starfish or Blue button fishes here.
Colva: Colva is another famous beach closer to Madgaon.
Dudhsagar Falls: If you are planning to visit the dudhsagar falls, come to Madgaon station and take one of the below means:
A. Take the Vasco Da Gama - Belagavi Passenger Special and reach DDS directly. Please note this is a special train and may not be a permanent one.
B. Board the Vasco Kulem passenger and deboard at Kulem. From Kulem, jeaps would be available for Dudhsagar falls which would drop you at a distance of about 1Km from the falls and you have to trek from here. Kindly note that the jeeps would not be operational in the monsson. Dudhsagar falls is not at all recommended for people who can't walk or trek. If you don't want to trek, you may view the falls from the train itself. For this, you need to take a train from Madgaon going towards Londa Jn.
Have a safe trip.
Pic 1: Special Lounge Rate Card October 2019
Pic 2: Plush Railway Retiring Room
Pic 3: Margao Central Restaurant
Pic 4: Benjoes Rail Restaurant
Pic 5: Menu at Benjoes
Pic 6: Dominos Outlet at Platform #1
Pic 7: Amul outlet at Platform #1

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Exhaustively written,Vivek. Well done.
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Thank you sir :)
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Link for booking retiring room at Konkan please..
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Nov 09 2019 (20:43)
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Hi Darnish,

Use this link: click here

This is for booking a retiring throughout Indian Railways. Use you valid PNR.
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Nov 09 2019 (21:22)
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So KR doesn't have it's own profile sir?
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Nov 10 2019 (21:53)
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Reservation of retiring rooms at any station is done at the respective station itself or through this portal which is global.
Konkan railway has a separate website but the online booking for retiring room is done through this website only.
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Feb 17 2018 (14:23)   CNO/Canacona (2 PFs)
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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:
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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.

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Now This Is What You Call A Travel Tip
Thanks For Sharing
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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.
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Excellent Tip. Very useful for everyone here.
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Thanks for the well explained travel tip. Will be very helpful for those travelling next time.
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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.
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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.
Thanks
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Both Mathsyagandha express (Mumbai-Mangaluru) and Nethravathi (Thiruvanthapuram to Mumbai) stop at Canacona in both directions
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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.
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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.
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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
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Apr 28 2019 (22:07)   KRMI/Karmali (2 PFs)
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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
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very very helpful! :)
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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 .....
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No ola in goa??
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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
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Oct 04 2019 (22:11)
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Ohh.
Surprised to hear all these
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Oct 04 2019 (23:59)
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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.
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Oct 05 2019 (17:42)
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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Yes, already wrote there that good for solo light luggage travelers only.
For family travel, taxi/cab required
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