Vizhinjam Lighthouse

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Vizhinjam Lighthouse
Kovalam Lighthouse
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Vizhinjam lighthouse
Vizhinjam Lighthouse Kovalam Lighthouse is located in Kerala
Vizhinjam Lighthouse Kovalam Lighthouse
Vizhinjam Lighthouse
Kovalam Lighthouse
LocationKovalam, Kerala
Coordinates8°22′59″N 76°58′47″E / 8.383072°N 76.979742°E / 8.383072; 76.979742Coordinates: 8°22′59″N 76°58′47″E / 8.383072°N 76.979742°E / 8.383072; 76.979742
Year first constructed1972
Constructionconcrete tower
Tower shapecylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / patternwhite and red horizontal bands, red lantern dome
Tower height36 metres (118 ft)
Focal height57 metres (187 ft)
CharacteristicFl W 15s.
Admiralty numberF0718
NGA number27492
ARLHS numberIND-121[1]

Vizhinjam Lighthouse is situated near Kovalam beach in Kerala. It started functioning on 30 June 1972. Vizhinjam was a busy seaport in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Before the current light was installed, there were no lighthouses at this location. A day mark beacon (flag mast) must have been there in 18th century. After 19th century, this port was in a neglected state. A lighted beacon was constructed in 1925 at nearby Kolachal. Subsequently, a day mark beacon was provided at Vilinjam during 1960.[2]

Technical details[edit]

The tower is cylindrical with a height of 36 meters. The paint markings are red and white bands. The lighthouse is equipped with metal halide lamps and direct drive mechanism.[3] The light source was modified on 30 April 2003.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of India: Kerala and Karnataka". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  2. ^ "Indian Lighthouses: An Overview" (PDF). DGLL. Archived (PDF) from the original on 18 December 2014. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Lighthouses in Kerala". Archived from the original on 19 March 2015. Retrieved 21 September 2014.

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