Vellayani Lake

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Vellayani Lake
Location Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala
Coordinates 8°24′N 76°59′E / 8.400°N 76.983°E / 8.400; 76.983Coordinates: 8°24′N 76°59′E / 8.400°N 76.983°E / 8.400; 76.983
Basin countries India
Settlements Thiruvananthapuram

Vellayani Lake, or Vellayani Kayal as known in local language, is the largest fresh water lake in Thiruvananthapuram district, of Kerala, India.

Location[edit]

It 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.

Attractions[edit]

A 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.[citation needed]

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 Lake[edit]

There 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.[1][2]

Illegal sand mining, pollution and land reclamation is affecting the condition of the lake.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Move to drain the lake. Indiaenvironmentportal.org.in (2011-05-22). Retrieved on 2011-05-27.
  2. ^ State Human Rights Commission directive. Indiaenvironmentportal.org.in (2011-05-22). Retrieved on 2011-05-27.

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