Joy Ride to Nowhere and back on the Chennai Metro

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So I am a big metro fan.  I loved the tubes in London and the trains in Amsterdam.  I dont get a chance or the inspiration to commute on the Bangalore Metro very often.  The Koyambedy Metro is stones throw away from my parent’s place and since I had nothing better to do, I decided to take a joyride on it till the Meenambakkam domestic airport terminal.

First thing that strikes you is the neatness. Maybe with the current Jallikattu protest the stations were empty but it was unbelievably clean.

The token till airport costs Rs. 50.  The machines were all swanky looking and looked well maintained (obviously, its new!!)

There was no direct train that time so I had to take a train to Alandur and then another train to Meenabakkam. The display showed the expected time of arrival of the train. The train was again clean and empty. If it was night I would have probably thought about the Midnight Meat Train by Clive Barker 😀 but thankfully it was a delightful clear day.

It was an easy ride to Alandur and an even easier change to the train to Meenambakkam one level above.

After a relatively easy and fast journey I got down at the airport.  Got some good views and the flag flying grandly caught my attention

Boy was I surprised to see the airport literally empty of activity. After a quick snack of some local sweet puff and a horribly sweet cardamom tea, I went back in to the metro station.


The station is conveniently placed right close to the airport exit.  This time there were enough people and I got a direct train to my station too !!

The view outside the station was nice and I got a good panorama.

A quick ride back and my trip was done. All in all a very convenient and easy trip and an easy way to reach the airport. We really need this in Bangalore asap.

These little joys makes it a phenomenal world no? 🙂

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. Neesie23 says:

    Great insight to the Metro. I personally didn’t like the London Metro because of the crowds when I last used it. It was a Saturday night. I’m not a fan of crowds, but I’m glad I experienced it.
    Have fun 😀

  2. lesliebc says:

    What a fun day of riding the metro! I’ve ridden in the London ones which are usually quite fine but yours looks ultra delux!!! Thanks for sharing.

    Leslie
    abcw team

  3. Melody62 says:

    oopssss I can imagine why 😉

    I never travel with public transportation, disliked it from early childhood…

    but wishing you lots of fun ofcourse

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  4. photowannabe says:

    Thank you for the interesting ride. I am amazed at how empty things were too.

  5. Great joy ride, – very impressed with the brightness and cleanliness of your Metro.

  6. Roger Green says:

    I LOVE the train!

    ROG, ABCW

  7. zippiknits says:

    That was one lovely vicarious train trip. California doesn’t have a very good train system but we try.

  8. Rajesh says:

    Wonderful tour in the metro.

  9. Linda says:

    I love the metro as well. Thank you so much for sharing, and warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. 🙂

  10. Dina says:

    That’s a good idea, to ride the metro just for fun, going to the airport with no need to worry about being late to your plane and not having to carry suitcases. Thanks for sharing the pictures and giving us an idea of how it works.
    Happy travels!

  11. I love the metro (or train as we refer to it in the US). I don’t mind the crowds as it adds to the tension and excitement. I know crazy huh?!
    Hope you can visit my blog also sometime!
    – Lisa

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