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Kumarakom , Kerala, India
Lagoon - Casino Group of Hotels, Kumarakom, Kerala, India
Coconut lagoon is not accessible by road. 10 Km from Kottayam
to Kavaratikara boat landing by road, 10 minute boat ride
to Coconut Lagoon. 45 kms from Cochin to Puthenangadi
boat landing, 25 minute boat ride to Coconut Lagoon.
AIRPORT: 95 km from Cochin international airport
What is it but the truth, offered without any trace of
embellishment? It requires the confident belief that reality
is enchanting enough. That the magic lies in what you
already have, not in any frills and fancies you might
add to it. By this definition, Coconut Lagoon an authentic
experience of Kerala and its backwaters. A celebration,
if you will, of a land in union with its own soul.
Coconut Lagoon - Casino Group of Hotels , Kumarakom, Kerala,
Lagoon is our attempt to capture the essence of the Kerala
experience and then offer it in a unique setting. Nothing
has been added that does not already belong. And if the
comforts of life enter (as they must), they do so in a
way that leaves the harmony around them undisturbed. We
like to believe that this is the reason why Condé Nast
Traveller rated Coconut Lagoon among the 25 best getaways
in the world.
you have a moment? Then come with us. Lie in a hammock
on this lakeshore, and allow your senses to possess you.
you is the great Vembanad lake, rippling under the vault
of an impossibly large sky. Sunlight sparkles on her waters,
tearing the reflection of a passing houseboat into crystal
shards. Darter birds go about their fishy business. Your
nostrils fill with scent- laden ozone.
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Of course there is peace here, but not silence. Silence
is not nature's way. And the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
next door is full of raucous neighbours. You sway a little,
and the image changes.
a timber and tile mansion that seems to belong to this
earth, but to another time. If you left the comfort of
your hammock for a closer look, you'd see that it is an
authentic reconstruction. Some of its timbers are 200
years old. They were moved here piece by piece, a legacy
of the tharavads of old Kerala.
the brass detail on the doors? The fretted woodwork on
the verandah ceilings? This is the finesse of another
age, brought back to life by the masters of a dying art.
It shall be your home tonight.
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Liquid Highway "The journey is the reward', goes the old
chinese saying. (Perhaps they picked it up from Kerala,
in exchange for the famous fishing nets?). And coming
to Coconut Lagoon is an experience far removed from the
airport coach transfer.
resort is reachable only over the water. It nestles along
one shore of the Vembanad lake, a 175 square km. expanse
stretching between the backwaters of Kerala and the sea.
Perhaps, if you are lucky, you'll arrive at dusk. When
reds and golds and purples colour the sleepy waters and
the only sounds are of gently lapping waves, mingled with
your own rising breath. Lazily, the red roofs of Coconut
Lagoon emerge from the palm shadows and, going a little
way up a river mouth, you make a sharp turn that brings
you right into our reception.
reception area too, like the homes we mentioned earlier,
is a living piece of Kerala history. It dates from 1860,
the four-cornered open courtyard design an echo of times
past. The entire mansion was painstakingly transplanted
from the nearby village of Vaikom in 1993. Relax on the
wooden swing before you check in, or wander about, sipping
on a fresh coconut and soaking in the atmosphere.
You can choose from three kinds of accommodation at Coconut
lagoon.The Heritage Bungalows are compact independent
cottages, set in lush lawns along the canals. The Heritage
Mansions are larger, with an upper story defined by distinctive
wooden ribs that resemble the sides of a boat. Most of
these afford fine views of the lake.
Beyond, on their own quiet section of lake front, are
the Pool Villas. Peace and privacy combine here, with
private pools, distinctive interiors and even your own
little hammock, tied up front
a closer look at any of the accommodations, and you'll
see the minute architectural details that make each of
them distinctive. A trellis pattern here, a row of tiny
brass knobs there, a rampant diety on a 200 year old columnno
two houses are exactly the same. Of course, these old-world
touches betray little of the conveniences that are found
within. Air-conditioning, telephones, hot and cold waterall
the comforts of a modern resort are yours to relish.
one exception-television. Noisy channel surfing and nature
just don't belong together, as you'll soon discover. (However,
for die-hard CNN addicts, there is a set in the recreation
room. May we impose on you to keep the volume low?). We
cannot pass on without mentioning the bathrooms. This
crucial aspect of hotel living has been given a fresh
twist at Coconut Lagoon. The bathrooms are open-roofed,
echoing the outdoor facilities of traditional Kerala,
but of course, incorporating every mod con. So you can
shower under the sheltering sky, yet in complete privacy.
Wellness Within and Without. Coconut Lagoon includes a
holiday for the inner you. Ayurveda , the ancient Indian
science of health and longevity, deals with the well-being
of the spirit, as well as the body and mind.
SHEET OF COCONUT LAGOON , KUMARAKOM
ACCOMMODATION : Heritage bunglows Heritage mansions Private
: Multi cuisine restaurant (Buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Theyam - Bar
: Swimming pool, Ayurveda centre,recreation centre Regular
doctors on call
TO DO: Sunset cruise Back water cruise Visit bird sanctuary
Farm visit 'Learn to cook with spices'