A picnic spot famous for its palm-hemmed lakes and tourist attractions, Veli is about 10 km from Kerala’s capital Thiruvananthapuram. Veli Lake with its scenic beauty, plam fringed lake and boating attracts a lot of tourists.
Two lakes form part of Veli – Pozhi and Veli. The lakes are separated by a ridge. Veli Lake is on the east and is connected to the Arabian Sea while Pozhi Lake is inland. Akkulam, a third lake, is also situated closeby.
The beach fronting Veli Lake and Akkulam Lake merges with the Kovalam beach. Vikram Sarabhai Research Centre of ISRO, India’s premier space research organization, is located nearby.
The estuary is a thriving habitat for mangroves. A wide range of bio-diversity can be seen and the mangroves attract a lot of birds.
The park adjacent to the lake has huge sculptures like conch shells to attract the visitors. Children are allowed to climb the sculptures and play. Adults can spend leisure time on the well maintained lawns.
Veli Lake has been developed extensively as a major tourist spot with facilities like swimming pools, row-boats, pedal boats, paddle boats and banquet halls.
Paddle boats and pedal boats can be hired from shops.