Vellayani Lake

Vellayani Lake

Vellayani Lake
Location Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala
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.


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.


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.

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

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.


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

External links

  • Wikimapia