Vellayani Lake, Kovalam

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#5 of 9 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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  • August 6, 2017
    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 »
  • August 5, 2017
    used to go to this beautiful place all weekends as my home is not far away from this place.good for morning and evening walk,country boat ride and angling.you will not feel bored after coming here.no ...  more »
  • June 30, 2017
    Ideal place for a small short outing with friends and family. No facilities of an ideal picnic spot but the beauty of the place beckons the busy traveller to take a break and soak in nature's bounty.  more »

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A popular tourist spot since the 1960s, Kovalam offers a range of places to stay, from low-budget guesthouses on the beachfront to five-star hotels with private beaches. Kovalam and the area around it feature a large number of beach resorts, as well as an ever-growing number of ayurvedic and health resorts. Several upmarket resorts can be found about 2 km (1.2 mi) north of the town, while beachside hotels and resorts sit toward the southern part of Kovalam. Some mid-range establishments also offer views over the Arabian Sea.
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