Coconut Lagoon - Kerala
Fittingly, Coconut Lagoon can be reached only over the water. The great Vembanad lake, an inland sea that stretches clear across central Kerala, forms a breeze-laden watery highway. Your coach transfer happens via a generously clunky wooden boat with a little inboard motor (so as not to disturb the fishes). And the lobby, when you arrive, turns out to be a reconstructed 19th century mansion with a stone jetty attached. Your boat putters sedately through a narrow canal, its banks covered with flowers. Tiled-roof bungalows peer through the foliage. And with a reviving coconut cocktail in one hand, you step off the boat and up to the reception desk, all ready to check in. Conde´ Nast Traveller once described Coconut Lagoon as one of the 25 best destinations in the world. Our guests tell us that the journey inward is an experience to match.
One of the best ways to enjoy the lake is to take our sunset cruise, an hour-long idyll with flute accompaniment.
The half-day cruise (extendable at will - time has a strange meaning around here) along the backwater canals is a fine way to experience village life , unfolding in vignettes along grassy banks shaded by tropical canopies, the village houses at mere handshaking distance.
Those who like a bit of a walk can amble along to Philip Kutty's Farm, through lush paddy fields spotted with coconut groves. At the end of it all, you can get up close with organic farming, done the old-fashioned way.Or try a glass of refreshing palm toddy, a mildly alcoholic local tipple that should fortify you nicely for the walk back.
Water lovers might enjoy taking an oar- or punt-boat out on to the lake. Within minutes, you're in a watery universe, so quiet, you can hear your own blood pumping around your head.
The terminally sedate can borrow a rod and bait from the reception and spend their time just fishing in the canal, right outside their cottage. Or take up that time-honoured activity beloved of our guests: get a book from the bar library, then let it slip gently out of your hands as your hammock lulls you into dreamland.
|Contact Person for reservations|
|Address||CGH Earth Casino Building, Willingdon Island, Cochin, Kerala, India - 682 003|
|Website (if any)||www.cghearth.com|
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