Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has launched new bus services to Ooty and Chennai in Tamil Nadu under its ‘SWIFT’ platform from Wednesday.
While non-AC seater buses are deployed for the Ooty trips, AC seaters conduct services to Chennai. To Ooty, there are SWIFT buses along two routes from Thiruvananthapuram – via M C Road and National Highway. Meanwhile, the service to Chennai starts from Ernakulam.
Details of Ooty service along M C Road
Starting from Thiruvananthapuram at 6.30 pm, the bus arrives in Ooty by 5.30 am the next day after covering Kottarakkara, Kottayam, Perumbavoor, Thrissur, Perinthalmanna, Nilambur and Gudalur.
The return trip leaves the hill station at 7 pm and follows the same route to reach the Kerala capital by 6.05 am the next day.
The ticket fare between Thiruvananthapuram and Ooty is Rs 691.
Ooty service along NH
Meanwhile, the SWIFT bus from Thiruvananthapuram to Ooty along the national highway (NH) departs at 8 pm to reach its destination by 7.20 am the next day. It takes the Alappuzha – Ernakulam – Thrissur – Perinthalmanna – Nilambur – Gudalur route.
From Ooty, the departure is scheduled at 8 pm and arrival time at Thiruvananthapuram is 7.20 am the next day after taking the NH route.
Ticket fare for the entire distance is Rs 711.
Ernakulam – Chennai service
Leaving the KSRTC bus stand in Ernakulam at 7.45 pm, the SWIFT bus to Chennai takes passengers from Vyttila Hub also. From Vyttila Hub, the departure time is 8 pm and arrival in Chennai is scheduled at 8.40 am the next day. The bus conducts service along Thrissur, Palakkad, Coimbatore and Salem.
In the return direction, the service starts from Chennai at 8 pm to arrive in Ernakulam by 8.40 am the next day.
Ticket fare between Ernakulam and Chennai is Rs 1,351.
Seats on these SWIFT services could be booked on the KSRTC website or ‘Ente KSRTC’ mobile app.
For more details, call phone numbers 0471-2323979, 9447071021 (24 x 7 control room), 0471-2463799, 18005994011 (Toll-free) or 8129562972 (WhatsApp, 24/7)