Vellayani Lake, Kovalam

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#5 of 10 in Nature in Thiruvananthapuram District
Vellayani Lake, or Vellayani Kayal as known in local language, is the largest fresh water lake in Thiruvananthapuram district, of Kerala, India.LocationIt is around 9 km away from the Thiruvananthapuram Central Bus Station at Thampanoor. Buses ply to Vellayani Lake from City Depot at East Fort also. It is at a distance of 7 km from Kovalam via Poonkulam junction.AttractionsA road passes through this lake; a bund has been constructed for this purpose. This lake attracts a lot of tourists. Once in Kovalam, a visitor should not allow to miss the opportunity of seeing this wonder lake of freshwater. Its crystal-clear calm water, especially during moonlit nights, is a craze for the minds. The locals say a side of the lake is Kochu Kovalam, meaning tiny Kovalam.There is a boat race in the lake during Onam which attracts a huge crowd. Country boat service is available from Kovalam beach to reach the lake.Threats to the LakeThere was a move to drain the lake and use the reclaimed area for agriculture. It was resisted by locals and environmentalists and has been shelved. Illegal sand mining, pollution and land reclamation is affecting the condition of the lake.Vavvamoola LakeThe other Shore seen from the Kakkamoola Shore is the Vavvamoola Lake Shore. The drinking water supply for the Vizhinjam International Seaport is proposed to be from Vavvamoola Lake. The Road was renovated in December 2015. It also has concrete benches in the roadside to attract tourists.
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  • Beautiful views. If you arrive in the evening, you can catch the indescribable beauty of the sunset and see the unreal amount of water lilies. just wow
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  • The Vellayani lake which is on south of Trivandrum is second weekend getaway . The best time of the day is evening. The lake is now almost full of louts. The near by vellayani Agricultural university ...  more »
  • It is an ideal place to go once in a while along with family. The cool breeze in the evening along with the view of the lake, filled with lotus plants and flowers is refreshing and rejuvenating. I cou...  more »
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  • Scenic Beauty. Nature at its finest. One of the best spots to be at during sunset
  • For those quiet and quaint evenings, I would suggest you to go here and spent the evening. There is a chai place nearby. So you can sip to hot tea and listen to the birds chirping and gaze at the evening sky.
  • A fresh water lake in Trivandrum.. best scenery in Kerala. Traditional spicy food available
  • Awesome place. beautiful with spreded lotus flowers ( seasonal only). Good place to relax. U can purchase fresh water fish's from the outlet here. Fish is available in the morning and evening. It is good to be there by 8 o clock in the morning if u r looking for fish
  • Amazing place for relaxation and we can see the real beauty of our natural water resources

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