Shankumugham Beach, it’s a beach of white sand with the tranquil atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of the city life in the capital city of Kerala.The beach is on the western side of Thiruvananthapuram city proffers all the elements for relaxation and recreation.
This beach is considered as the ‘Arattukadavu’ of Sri Ananthapadmanabhan – the presiding deity of the city. On this special day of Arattu a grand procession that carry statuettes of Lord Padmanabhawamy, Lord Narasimha, and Lord Krishna are taken to the Laccadive Sea at Shankumugham Beach.
The grand procession is led by the His Highness the former Maharaja of Travancore,Sri Uthradom Thirunal Marthanda Varma with the royal sword in hand, along with the escort of the members of the Royal family, armed guards, temple authorities, mounted police, and officers. After the ceremonial bath in Shankumugham, images are taken back in procession which marks the conclusion of the festival.
This beach is so much attached to the rituals of Hindu religion as thousands of Hindus perform ‘Bali Tharpanam’ during special occasions at the shore of this beach. Shankumugham is the prime location for Ganesh Nimarjan at the time of Vinayaka Chathurthi.
An added attraction in this beach is the presence of the sculpture of Jalakanyaka – Mermaid by Kanayi Kunhiraman, the great sculptor of Kerala. This giant statue is more than 35m long.
Apart from religion and art, beach also offer entertainment to kids as the ‘Jawaharlal Nehru Park of Traffic signs for children’ is situated here, which helps the kids to know the traffic rules while playing in the park. The park also provides cycling facilities for small children. The skating school here offers the coaching on skating. Adjacent to the skating school is an indoor sports complex which provides facilities for Badminton and Table Tennis.
The beach also provides dine out facilities with the Star Fish Restaurant with eating kiosks and open-air theatre with car parking facilities.Good food can also be enjoyed at the Indian Coffee House, just across the beach, which is also a vantage point for enjoying the sunset.The famous Veli Tourist Village is near from the Shankumugham Beach where boating facilities and individual speed boats are available.
Above all, the military airport of the Southern Air Command of the Indian Air Force is situated at Shankumugham Beach.