The Saagarika Vizhinjam Marine Aquarium at is a place you must visit to see wide varieties of rare aquatic species. This aquarium is located at Vizhinjam near Theatre Junction at a distance of 1.3 kilometres from the main town of Kovalam. The aquarium as established in the year 1997.
The aquarium includes lionfish, surgeonfish clownfish, squirrelfish, piranhas, giant turtles, moon wrasse, butterfly fish, triggerfish and sharks. Here a technique named image pear production is practiced via which a mould of lime is filled into pearl oyster and within three months a pearl in shape of the mould used is ready.
Vizhinjam Fishing Harbour
Vizhinjam Fishing Harbour is yet another place of significance here. The place is famous because of a demonstration plant which converts the energy from sea waves to electricity and this is then provided to the local net here. The plant works based on the principle of Oscillating Water Column (OWC) and has benefited the local inhabitants here in many ways.
The ministry of tourism is introducing some grand projects for boosting up the scope of tourism here. Vizhinjam is regarded as the perfect place for such projects because of the unique marine ecology with rich biodiversity. Plans for setting up a diving school, marine museum, research centre, mari-culture system development unit and many more are there. Most of them are progressing with rapid pace as well.
If you are planning to make a visit to Vizhinjam, remember that you will be mostly under open sky. Even though the weather is pleasant in the morning time and evening, by noon it gets really warm. So, you should apply some sunscreen lotion and always carry a bottle of water with you. It would be better if you avoid visiting the tourist places in Kovalam from March to September.