Veli Lake is a unique inland lake, separated by a narrow sand bar from the Arabian Sea
. It is located in the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram
in Thiruvananthapuram District
. The confluence of the lake with the sea is a picturesque picnic spot, named Veli Tourist Village
. The charms of the lake can be explored by boat rides. Motor-driven safari launches, powerboats and pedal boats or rowboats can be hired from the Tourist Village
. The eastern flank of the lake harbours two beautiful hillocks, good for hiking. Kayaking and hovercraft ride are also possible. The lake features a floating restaurant and a floating bridge that connects the tourist village with the beach.