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.
Where to stay
There are a few budget hotels on Veli Road. The youth hostel for students and bachelors, about 3 km from Veli, offers rooms at highly subsidized rates. Mid-range hotels offer better facilities and are located near the Kochuveli railway station on Veli-Kadinamkulam Road.
Where to eat
You can get good food in the coffee shops and restaurants near the lake on Veli Road. The restaurants in Veli serve vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian food. South Indian, Punjabi, Spanish, Continental and North Indian cuisine are served.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Veli is during the months of October to February when the weather is pleasant.