The Coconut Lagoon
Actually coming to Coconut Lagoon is an experience in itself as the resort is only reachable by boat over the water. This hideaway nestles along one shore of the Vembanad Lake, a 175 square km. expanse stretching between the backwaters of Kerala and the sea.
The buildings at Coconut Lagoon are a triumph of design and architecture having been re-assembled heritage buildings, the tharavads of old Kerala, including an entire timber and tile mansion that was painstakingly transplanted from a nearby village. The reception area dates from 1860 with a four-cornered open courtyard design reflecting an echo of times past.
The Coconut Lagoon in Pictures
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 a little hammock, tied up front.
These old-world touches betray little of the conveniences that are found within such as air-conditioning, IDD telephones (those with laptops can ask for a direct line to access their dial-up connection), minibars and tea/coffee-making facilities and all the comforts of a modern resort hotel. The bathrooms are open-roofed, so you can shower under the sheltering sky, in complete privacy. Room service is arranged around-the-clock
You can take a boat out into the backwaters for sunset cruises, or visit the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary across the Kavanar River. Numerous species include bitterns, brahminy kites, marsh harriers, several varieties of lake herons and the darter. There are also local farm visits and ‘learn to cook with spices’ courses. The resort grounds contain a swimming pool and a unique butterfly garden that is home to a profusion of tree species, including many Ayurvedic and medicinal plants.