Located 8 km from Thiruvananthapuram city, Veli, a delightful waterfront park, has become increasingly popular among the natives and tourists alike. The Veli Tourist Village is bordered by the Veli lagoon and the Arabian sea. The main attraction at Veli is water - a large inland lake, separated from the ocean by only a narrow sandbar.
This picnic spot offers boating facilities. You can opt for rides in motor-driven safari launches, powerboats, pedal boats or rowboats. Pedalboats and paddleboats can be hired to explore the charms of the lagoon in a leisurely manner.
For a quick ride over the waters, speedboats are available for hire. Boat rentals: * Safari boat: Rs. 10/- per head * Speed boat: Rs. 120/- per person * Pedal boat: 4 seater - Rs. 50/- for half an hour; 2 seater - Rs. 40/- for half an hour. Boat rides available until 6.00pm, after which the lake reverts to the sole use of fishermen.
The eastern end of the lake is flanked by two scenic hillocks coming through as a perfect hiking ground. Kayaks and hovercraft attract the brave-hearted. A floating bridge connects the village to the beach and a floating restaurant add to the overall excitement.
Children enjoy climbing over the huge sculptures designed by the well-known sculptor Kanai Kunjiraman, which dot the landscape. It is a nice place for tourists with young children to spend an afternoon. There are lots for the kids to do, and they will meet many of their young Kerala counterparts, all of whom will be eager to make new friends and try out their English. For the children, there is a tiny lake within the park, with sturdy, round "tub boats", equipped with miniature paddles. A small cafeteria serves ice cream, cold drinks and snacks. There are pony rides, and an open-air theatre. This serves as a center for cultural performances and, with the ocean as a backdrop, provides the setting for an annual arts festival.
The park can be reached in a 15-minute taxi ride from Trivandrum. There are also special bus services to Veil from the city.