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Fishing boats at Vizhinjam beach

The small port and fishing village, Vizhinjam beach is one of the prominent tourist destinations near Thiruvananthapuram city. Vizhinjam is located very close to the popular Kovalam beach, (around 3 kms distance). It has many tourist resorts and Ayurvedic centres. Vizhinjam is a naturally created port and a government project to set up the Vizhinjam International Container Port is in full swing.

The oldest literature regarding the history of Vizhinjam, is an 8th century reference to it during the reign of the Ay dynasty. The Rock Cut Cave temple situated near the beach also dates back to the 8th century. This temple is an ancient shrine to Vinandhara Dakshinamurthi, and has sculptures of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi.

Vizhinjam is famed as a fishing village. The people around Vizhinjam village earn their livelihood through fishing. A queue of mechanized fishing boats can always be seen at the Vizhinjam beach.