This is a Mumbai to Tirunelveli express with boarding at Yeshwantpur. From a time standpoint, it starts at 10 pm & reaches Madurai at 8 am. Personally, I feel this is a long time for 550 km. However, this is very comfortable as you get a good sleep. From Madurai, Munnar is 130 km and the route is quite good. The Club Mahindra resort is 15 km from munnar town and hence you reach there by 3 hours.
As usual train journeys are still painful in India. Trains coaches are not clean and though they say but actually it is not. I travelled in 2nd AC but the condition of coach and bedding given was very poor. It is always suggestive to carry your own food and water.
If you are leaving after work, prefer to take Dadar-Trunevli Express. Its on time. Booking to be done 60 days prior for confirmed seats. 3-AC experience is good. The late night trains are excellent choice. Kokankanya express is the last train on Fridays for Madgaon. In tatkal, you may get the booking for chair car in LTT-Kochuveli Garib Rath Express. But its not comfortable to travel in Chair car. Its leaves around 6:05PM from Panvel. Food is OK since it doesn't have a pantry car. They carry food from Panvel. It reaches Madgoan at around 4:30am. You won't get any cheap transport till 6:00am. Prefer to take bikes on rent from station itself.
Very small station though called junction, far away from city. No good restaurant near by. We had booked taxi online, he came right time to receive us. As usual there charges was irritating.rnRailway's different timing for different season was confusing to our taxi operator. He insisted us for INOVA as roads are in bad shape, but 4 hrs travel was tiresome though good whether & greenery.