Vizhinjam lighthouse

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Vizhinjam Lighthouse
Kovalam Lighthouse
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Vizhinjam lighthouse
Vizhinjam LighthouseKovalam Lighthouse is located in Kerala
Vizhinjam LighthouseKovalam Lighthouse
Vizhinjam Lighthouse
Kovalam Lighthouse
Location Kovalam, Kerala
Coordinates 8°22′59″N 76°58′47″E / 8.383072°N 76.979742°E / 8.383072; 76.979742Coordinates: 8°22′59″N 76°58′47″E / 8.383072°N 76.979742°E / 8.383072; 76.979742
Year first constructed 1972
Construction concrete tower
Tower shape cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / pattern white and red horizontal bands, red lantern dome
Height 36 metres (118 ft)
Focal height 57 metres (187 ft)
Characteristic Fl W 15s.
Admiralty number F0718
NGA number 27492
ARLHS number IND-121[1]

Vizhinjam lighthouse is situated near Kovalam beach in Kerala. It started functioning on 30 June 1972. Vizhinjam was a busy seaport in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Before the current light was installed, there were no lighthouses at this location. A day mark beacon (flag mast) must have been there in 18th century. After 19th century, this port was in a neglected state. A lighted beacon was constructed in 1925 at nearby Kolachal. Subsequently, a day mark beacon was provided at Vilinjam during 1960.[2]

Technical details[edit]

The tower is cylindrical with a height of 36 meters. The paint markings are red and white bands. The lighthouse is equipped with metal halide lamps and direct drive mechanism.[3] The light source was modified on 30 April 2003.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of India: Kerala and Karnataka". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved February 7, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Indian Lighthouses: An Overview" (PDF). DGLL. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  3. ^ Lighthouses in Kerala

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