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Valiyathura Pier became one of the most famous spots of south Kerala in 1950. Earlier it was extensively used for transport of cargo and currently its mostly used by fishermen to launch catamarans during rough weather. It is significantly famous sightseeing for tourists for its mesmerising view. The 60-year-old pier is 703 foot supported by 127 concrete piles and made of 571 tonnes of cement and 250 tonnes of steel. Closely located to the Shanmugham beach in Trivandrum, the pier is a friendly resort for visitors. The exciting part of visiting the dock is watching the sky change colour in the evening.
The pier had one 10-tonner and four 3-tonne cranes to unload cargo from ships. Since it was located in shallow waters, massive ships couldn't anchor itself from the deep sea and transport their ware. It was once Kovalam's pride until the development of Kochi port came up. With dismantled cranes, eroded structure and rusted cargo godowns, Valiathura turned out to be a dead port in the late 20th century. Although the port is abandoned today, the pier is home to fishers who use the weakened structure to launch their catamarans during rough monsoon weather. There is an excellent number of Malavu fishes that visit the coastline occasionally. Currently, the Harbour Engineering Department has announced a reconstruction project for the pier.
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