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Veli is located in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of state Kerala lying on the southwest coast of India. In Thiruvananthapuram, there are several places to see in and around. Veli is main attraction among them.
The nearest must see place is the Veli tourist village. The long rolling shoreline of Kerala is broken by lagoons that merge into inland lakes to form some of the most charming picnic spots. One such is the Veli lagoon, separated from the Arabian sea by a narrow sand bar that attracts tourists from Thiruvananthapuram to Veli.
The Veli Tourist Village, built at the point where the lagoon meets the Arabian Sea is replete with fish ponds, wading pools and landscaped gardens, along with facilities for boating and water sports and a children's park around the floating bridge that connects the village to the beach.
The other attractions of Veli are exquisite sculptures, a floating bridge and a wide range of aqua sports facilities. If a place is evaluated by nature and beauty, Veli may gain the top position in the row, with its superb backwater and gripping natural wonder. Other activities at Veli include boating and spending time in the backwaters of Kerala.
Kovalam is a beach town on the Arabian Sea in Kerala, a state situated in South India. It is located around 10 km from Veli. With a high rock promontory and a calm bay of blue waters, this beach paradise creates a unique aquarelle on moonlit nights. Swimming and bathing are very refreshing and exhilarating in the waves. One can walk into the sea for about 100 meters without loosing ground. This cove is also the safest place for swimming.
Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple
The Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple encloses an approximately 6 meter statue of laying Vishnu. Doors have been strategically placed to allow the faithful views of His head, torso and feet.
Kuthiramalika Palace Museum
The palace was built by Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Balarama Varma - the King of Travancore. He was a great poet, musician, social reformer and statesman. There is a rare specimen of workmanship in the traditional Travancore style of architecture in the beautiful wood carvings. The palace museum displays paintings and various priceless collections of the royal family.
The Govt. Art Museum
Widely known as "Napier Museum" named on the memory of former Madras Governer General, John Napier. It's built in the 19th century. It is a gem of architectural enthusiasm, combining traditional Kerala styles and good doses of Chinese and Mughal Influences.
Sree Chithra Art Gallery
Located near the Napier Museum. Sree Chithra Art Gallery displays rare and selected paintings of Raja Ravi Varma.
Shanghumugham Beach (3 km): It is popular city beach adjacent to the airport. An indoor recreation club, children's traffic training park and a star shaped restaurant are some of the facilities at the beach.
How to get there:
Nearest Airport: The nearest airport is Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) about 4 km from Veli.
Nearest Railhead: Thampanur railway station in Trivandrum is an important rail head of the Southern Railway and is well linked to major towns up country as well as within the State just 12 Kilometers from Veli.
By road: Thiruvananthapuram the capital city of Kerala is easily accessible by road.
Local Transport: Local buses, cycles.
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