The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation, the tourism arm of the Railways, has launched a special package for pilgrims to the famous Sabarimala temple.
The services include confirmed accomodation on the Thiruvananthapuram-Mangalore-Thiruvanthapuram Maveli Express, apart from transport and food arrangement for those making use of the package, an IRCTC press release in Kannur said.
The three-night package will be in operation throughout the Sabarimala season this year till January 12 and pilgrims in the Mangalore-Kozhikode stretch can avail it.
Priced at Rs 1,800 per head, the package also includes road travel to Pamba, the base camp to the hill shrine, and hall accomodation at the temple and food during the travel, the release said.
The bookings for the package could be made at Mangalore (09964318278), Kozhikode (09446539292).
The IRCTC also operates Sabarimala package from Bangalore and Chennai during the ongoing festival season, it said.
Apart from the Sabarimala package, IRCTC operates various vacation packages to South Indian tourist spots.
The Kollur Mookambika temple package, launched early this year, covers major pilgrim centres, namely Mookambika, Udupi, Dharmastala, Sringeri, Murudeswar, Kattil Devi both by rail and road from Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram.
The Thiruvananthapuram-Mookambika package is priced at Rs 3000 while the package rate from Chennai is Rs 3,250 per head.
Bookings for the package can also be made through the IRCTC website www.Railtourismindia.Com, it said.