Shankumugham Beach is a beach in the Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala. It is located about 8 kms west of Thiruvananthapuram city close to Trivandrum International Airport. The vast stretch of white sand and the serene atmosphere at the beach provides all the ingredients for relaxation and for spending a pleasant evening. Shankuumugham beach is an ideal place for a picnic. You also get to admire the sunset over the Arabian Sea
The Shankumugham Beach is a delightful beach in Kerala offering many activities for fun. You have many nice things you can buy at the beach. The sculpture at the beach is also quite beautiful. But you might find some garbage littered at the beach and that can be a bother.
Shanghumugham beach is considered as the ‘Arattukadavu’ of Sri Ananthapadmanabhan - The presiding deity of the city. Thousands of Hindus perform ‘Bali Tharpanam’ during special occasions.
The spectacular sculpture of a mermaid named as Matsya Kanya made by Kanayi Kunhiraman adds beauty to the beach. It is an important attraction seen in Shankhumugham Beach. The sculpture with amazing architectural beauty captures all eyes of tourists. It is nearly 35m in length and presents a real feast for visitor’s eyes. The Star-shaped restaurant is another popular attraction seen at Shankumugham beach. Fishing is a major activity here. Shankumugham Beach has a military airport of the Southern Air Command of the Indian Air Force. Indoor recreation club and the 'Jawaharlal Nehru Park of Traffic signs for children' is situated here, which is helpful for the children to understand the traffic rules while playing in the park. The park also provides cycling facilities for small children.
Veli Tourist Village is near the Shankumugham Beach. Boating facilities are offered at this picnic spot. Speed boats, restaurants and well landscaped gardens are available.
Shanghumugham beach has an important role in the Hindu heritage of the city. Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple at Trivandrum, famous globally for the massive treasure find worth $22 billion, celebrates two festivals yearly. Festival highlight is the procession to Shanghumugham beach and the holy bath there. King of Travancore ceremonially leads with the royal sword in hand. Royal family members, guards, mounted police, temple authorities and other dignitaries follow him.