The reef, installed between the Light House and the Edakkal rocks off the Light House beach, will protect the severely eroding coast and make the resort a round-the-year surfing destination.
Surfing and wave riding are now a multi-billion dollar industry worldwide and Kerala Tourism is to immensely benefit from this.
The soft reef will help attract tourists to Kovalam throughout the year. The resort is active only for the first six months of the year now and during the remaining half, with the monsoon, the beaches face severe erosion.
The Harbour Engineering Department has set up the reef for Kerala Tourism to change the nature of waves within 500 metres off the coast from the Light House beach.
The reef is to stabilise the beaches and make them wider in due course by eliminating the wave power offshore. Besides, the tourists reaching here can look forward to sheltered swimming.