Veli Tourist Village lies at the mouth of Veli Lake with the Arabian Sea, and is a popular picnic spot in the Thiruvananthapuram district. Separated by a sandbar from the sea, Veli lagoon is the centre of this tourist village.
Located hardly 10 km from the capital city, it is easily accessible by bus, auto or private vehicles. A bountiful garden is situated at the southern banks of Veli lagoon, and a floating bridge connects the garden with the beach.
The tourist destination features a calm pool, children’s park, horse rides, pedal boating and floating café. The garden is a hotspot of activities. Children will have a lot of fun here with swings, slides, see-saws, merry-go-rounds, playground climbers and spring riders. The landscaped garden has beautifully laid out walkways, comfortable seating arrangements and attractive sculptures. The conch sculpture by Kanayi Kunhiraman is a stand-out item at the tourist village.
Boating is a common activity undertaken by tourists here. Travelling through the backwaters of Veli and Akkulam amid coconut groves and thick vegetation is a memorable experience.
There are a couple of vendors offering food items and gaming options. The solar-powered miniature train is a new addition to the tourist village. The journey along a 2.5-km stretch will enable tourists to enjoy the true beauty of Veli. The train is modelled after the vintage steam locomotive, and the station house is also designed in a traditional style. The train has three bogies, and can accommodate around 45 people on board at a time.
To view a 360-degree video of Veli, check https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtNmXD_hD2A
Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram Central, about 10 km
Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 7 km
Phone: +91 471 2315397, 2334470