Chalukya Express connects Mumbai with Bangalore.
There are two tri-weekly trains called Chalukya Express, one connects Puducherry with Dadar while the second connects Tirunelveli with Dadar. Both Connects Yesvantpur with Hubli en-route.
The train is named so because its route passes is right through the erstwhile Chalukya Empire heartland.
It almost takes a full day and a full night to cover the 1200 km (746 miles) or so distance between Mumbai and Bangalore. By the way a Bangalore Mumbai flight takes about 1 hour 30 minutes.Basically Chalukya Express is a pair of trains operate on 6 days in a week on either directions.
Though it is aptly name as Chalukya Express, this is not the most convenient train for Pattadakal, especially if you are traveling from Bangalore to Pattadakal. That’s because the closest you can reach is Hubli Junction.
Pattadakal (Badami Station) is good 250 km ( 155 miles) on a different route. Your best bet for reaching Pattadakal from Bangalore is the Solapur bound Golgumbaz Express (Solapur Express , Train No: 16535 & 16536). Get down directly at Badami, which the railway station for Pattadakal. On the other hand if you are traveling to Pattadakal from Mumbai side, look for a train to Hubli or Gadag. From there find another connection to Badami.
For folk from Bangalore, check out Bangalore to Badami trains, for other train travel options and also you may want to explore Bangalore to Badami by bus.
Note: For accurate and up-to-date details, please check all the details with the official website of Indian Railways.
Chalukya Express connects Puducherry and Tirunelveli with Dadar via Hubli.
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