(also known as Ernakulam South
, code: ERS
) is the largest railway station in the city of Kochi
. The station has six platforms and two terminals (the Main entry
and the Eastern entry
). It is a junction, joining lines going in four different directions namely: north towards Shornur
, south towards Alappuzha
, south-west towards Willingdon Island
and east towards Kottayam
. This station has 6 platforms to handle long distance trains and local trains.
The station is operated by the Southern Railway
zone of the Indian Railways
and comes under the Thiruvananthapuram railway division
. It is one of the major railway stations in Kerala
with trains to any part of India and also one of the A1
graded stations in the Southern Railway
. The Station also has a Train Care Centre in its premises.
Another major railway station in downtown Kochi
is the Ernakulam Town Railway Station
. Besides this there are numerous railway stations in the Greater Cochin Region
Because of the loop structure of the tracks, trains going from the Thrissur
side to the Kottayam
side via Ernakulam Junction have to reverse their directions, whereas those going to the Alappuzha
do not face this problem.
Local name of the station
Among Kochites, this station is referred to as "Ernakulam South" or simply "South" as it is in the southern part of Ernakulam, to distinguish it from Ernakulam Town
which in turn is referred to as (and was officially called for a long time as)......