It is a very popular commuter train, used by daily office goers between different places. Even otherwise, the train is generally full most of the days, including holidays. Advance reservation is available only in a few compartments, a 2nd Class Ordinary compartment and an AC Chair Car. Other coaches can be boarded with an unreserved ticket. Generally there are standing passengers most of the way. The rush generally reduces after Thrissur while going to Shoranur, and after Kayamkulam, while going southwards. The timings at important stations are:
Trivandrum Central Dep: 5 a.m.
Quilon Jn Dep: 6.18 a.m.
Kottayam Dep: 8.18 a.m.
Ernakulam Junction: Arr: 9:50, Dep: 10 a.m.
Thrissur Dep: 11:40 a.m.
Shoranur Arr: 12:45 p.m.
Shoranur Junction Dep: 2.30 p.m.
Thrissur Dep: 3.07 p.m.
Ernakulam Junction Arr: 5 p.m. Dep 5.15 p.m.
Kottayam: Dep: 6.35 p.m.
Quilon Jn Dep: 8.35 p.m.
Trivandrum Central Arr: 10.10 p.m.