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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  • Go here to see the Lake-I do not recommend. I took the scooter for rent, therefore, skated around the area. Rickshaw I drove here. Yes, it's beautiful, but there are much prettier. Indeed, there is nothing to do except watch the sunset. The only thing that is worth attention in this area, so it's farms, growers of Basil and banana groves.
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  • Beautiful place to sit and relax or walk around and chat to the locals. Benches in the shade are provided. there is also a shop nearby selling soft drinks.  more »
  • 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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  • Vellayani lake is the paradise of Photographer, especially for those who are affiliated to Bird photography. There different variety of birds hanging around the lake and the shores. It's a fabulous village amidst the Trivandrum city. Fisherman in the troughs are also a sign of Village life. Good place for morning walk
  • Nothing is there other than road side lake view...not even petty shops.. go if u like to have a look at agriculture University
  • A very great place. The best timings for the best experiences are between 5am - 7.30am and 4.30 - 6.30pm (apprx).
  • Very nice place to swim.but only with limited area.so much of beautiful Lotus and leaves are here.water is little dirty.very vast lake.opposite side greenish plants are very wonderful.kids Love this place to stay and also swim.i love this cute and marvellous place.
  • This is a great lake having an awesome nature beauty. The lake is divided by a road. People comes here in the evenings for time passing. Locals in this area engages in fishing activities. Farming is also happening in the one side of the road. The place has a good lake view and ideal for having photoshoots.
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