As the name suggests, Veli is a tourist village that is popular as a picnic destination in Thiruvananthapuram district. The place features a large garden on the southern banks of Veli Lagoon; a floating bridge that connects this garden to the Veli Beach. It is an ideal destination for a family picnic as there are wide range of attractions such as play areas for children, boat rides in Veli Lake, horse riding option, and a floating restaurant can be found here. Apart from these, there is a a long walkway connecting Aakulam Lake that catches one’s attention, there are also some stone and grass sculptures by Kanayi Kunhiraman which add to the landscape of the garden; a collection of birds such as pigeons and swans, and few small ponds with fish and tortoises in them.
Veli Tourist Village is located about 10 kms from Thiruvananthapuram city. One can take a bus, auto or a taxi to reach Veli.
It is an ideal family picnic destinations where one can enjoy boating, horse riding, different games in the garden area, birdwatching and spotting fish and tortoises.
The winter months between November and February are ideal to visit this place as one can comfortable head out in the sun without feeling any humidity and sweltering heat.