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Vellayani Lake, Kovalam
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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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  • A good evening was spend with spouse . A calm and peaceful boat ride between the nature and coconut grove is really awesome. Not much crowded. Good ambience throughout the lake. 
  • The Vellayani Lake is situated just 10 min drive from the town. It is worth seeing during evenings when the sinking sun and the birds tweeting adds to its natural beauty. 
  • serene lake .which made my day.boat ride.greenery by the side is breath taking.very reachable from kovalam.coconut Grove was awesome.