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Coconut Lagoon is located in the Kerala district of Kuttanad, or the land of the short people. A wag has it that this name came about because the folks here are always knee deep in paddy fields.
History in Liquid Reflections
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Coconut Lagoon are delighted to offer travel industry staff the opportunity to come and experience our services first hand at very special industry educational rates. When you return home refreshed from your holiday you will be keen to promote the services of the hotel onto your own clients, and people you come into contact with.
There are so many facets to the Coconut Lagoon experience. The heritage of the old fuedal villages of Malabar. The vast frolic of the Vembanad lake. The shimmering waters of the canals that criss-cross the property. The flavour bursts of Kerala home-style cooking.
Together, they are a celebration of harmony, life and natural beauty that touches every sense and takes you into a world still unsullied by modern ways. Be that as it may, more than 8 of Coconut Lagoon’s 30 acres are actually given over to rice cultivation.Not quite what you’d expect from a holiday resort? Well, sit back, relax and explore.You’ll find much that defies easy definition.
There are so many facets to the Coconut Lagoon experience. The heritage of the old fuedal villages of Malabar. The vast frolic of the Vembanad lake. The shimmering waters of the canals that criss-cross the property. The flavour bursts of Kerala home-style cooking. Together, they are a celebration of harmony, life and natural beauty that touches every sense and takes you into a world still unsullied by modern ways.
Coconut Lagoon is located in the Kerala district of Kuttanad, or the land of the short people. A wag has it that this name came about because the folks here are always knee deep in paddy fields. Be that as it may, more than 8 of Coconut Lagoon’s 30 acres are actually given over to rice cultivation.Not quite what you’d expect from a holiday resort? Well, sit back, relax and explore.You’ll find much that defies easy definition.
There’s only one way to get to Coconut Lagoon: over the water. From the jetty, your boat courses out over a breeze-laden watery highway. You take a sharp turn into a narrow canal, it’s banks decked with wildflowers. And greeted with a reviving coconut cocktail, you step off the boat and straight to the reception desk, all ready to check in.
Restoring A Fading World
The distinctive architecture of Coconut Lagoon has its own tales to tell. Some of these mansions are over 150 years old, and were transplanted here, beam by beam, timber by timber, from the old houses of the county that had fallen to ruin. Restoring them was a process that took several years and much love and labour. Our first task was to track down the Aasaris, descendants of the master craftsmen who had originally created these dwellings. By now, sadly, the old crafts were dying, the young lured away by lucrative city jobs. The team we finally found were men well into their 60's. And the styled woodwork and fine detail of Coconut Lagoon’s mansions is a tribute to their skill, patience and devotion.
Doors Of Tradition
Those with an eye for architectural detail will find much to delight in at Coconut Lagoon. A carved balustrade, an ornate railing...notice, for example, these elaborately worked brass locks (they’re called Manichithrathazhu, but don't worry, you can just call them Kerala locks ). Happily, this practical and ancient craft of metalworking has seen a rapid revival in recent years.
Sacred Groves are old Kerala traditions, a form of nature worship where a microcosm of the forest would be left in a natural or near-natural state, rich in biodiversity and harboring many rare species of plants and animals. Its special beauty comes from the absence of human intrusion. While you can't enter it, you can immerse yourself in its peace and serenity, even from a distance.
- Yoga and Meditation- Every morning at 7.00am , try a yoga class under the guidance of an expert yoga master at the open air platform yoga centre. At 6.00pm we have a daily meditation & pranayama session at the same venue.
- Kalarippayattu Practice (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday): Deft movements, grace and swordplay combine in the traditional martial art form of Kerala.
- Bird Watching, Butterfly garden and Dragon Fly watching: Butterflies are one of the most fascinating creatures in nature. Take a trip around the property with anaturalists to see the profusion of flora and fauna on display.
- Talk on Ayurveda: A bird’s eye view of Ayurveda by our staff Doctor.
- Games – Table Tennis, Badminton and Carrom can bring the guests and the staff for an evening match. Rackets, shuttle corks and tennis balls are available at the reception. You can even play under floodlights..
- Library – A diverse selection of holiday reading in multiple languages.
- Cooking Demonstration: Keen on learning some magic from the chef? Our experts share some of the secrets of traditional Kerala vegetarian and seafood cooking
- Sunset Criuse: A very special cruise in a beautifully restored Kettuvallam, An extraordinary stillness descends over the Vembanad as the sun, a vivid orange orb in its final few moments, slips rapidly below the horizon.
- Vembanadu Biosphere: An engaging presentation on the largest wetland eco-system in India and its unique life. A vivid history of Vembanadu Lake , its environment and people.
- Sari & Dhoti demonstration – Learn the art of wearing traditional Indian clothing for women and men. Our staff will be always ready to teach you.
- Cultural programmes - Traditional dance performances like Kathakali, Bharathanatyam, Mohiniyattam or instrumental music are performed daily.
Staff Travel Discounted Rates
- This offer is exclusively for non Indian - TRAVEL AGENTS.
- Minimum stay 6 nights.
Aromas of Home
Once, in Kerala, eating out meant that you’d either been thrown out of the house or your wife was a lousy cook. The outcome was that what the world came to know as 'Kerala cuisine' (parotas, chili fries et al) was actually anything but.
That’s when we decided to use the common ingredients of the Kerala kitchen to serve our guests the most authentic, home-cooked Kerala food on a banana leaf. Expect genuine fish curry with bones in it, tapioca with crushed bird’s eye chili and more... So when you drop into Ayemenem, our lakeside restaurant, come prepared to be surprised. Even if you've had lots of 'Kerala food' before!
Fish and wood-fired wisdom
At our lakeside grill, we have a fresh approach toward cooking seafood. Thanks to a super hot clay oven that cooks a fish of up to two kilos in seven minutes flat. So it retains its essential juices. Add on innovative marinations like the Bird’s eye chilli and pearl onions and you have an experience that stays on the palate. And in the memory.
The Tang of Malabar
Coconut Lagoon's main restaurant buffet is the place to sample some authentic Malabari food, with the accent, of course, on fresh fish from the lake and the sea. Do try that local delicacy, Karimeen (Pearl Spot fish) a dish beloved of its connoisseurs, who will argue for hours over the proper method of cooking it.
The butterfly garden is an experiment we tried a dozen years ago. We found a space with natural moisture, sunlight and a profusion of wild flowers. Butterflies seemed to love the space, and we noticed varieties migrating in from miles away.
All that remained was to add some flowing water, a few well-chosen plants and within weeks we had a garden alive with flashing wings. Coconut Lagoon also has some 54 species of dragonflies and damselflies, all evidence of a thriving ecosystem.
Take a pleasant stroll, cross a little wooden bridge and you'll find yourself in our Ayurveda Centre. Here, you can try massages and treatments for everything from beauty and toning to rejuvenation and stress, all based on India's ancient healing art of Ayurveda. Unsure of what you need? Our experienced physicians will be happy to give you a free consultation and point you in the right direction.
The Vembanad Way
One of the best ways to enjoy the lake is to take our sunset cruise, an hour-long idyll with flute accompaniment. Water lovers might also enjoy taking an oar- or punt-boat out on to the lake with one of the local fishermen, both for company and a steadying hand on the tiller. Within minutes, you're in a watery universe, so quiet, you can hear your own blood pumping around your head.
- Heritage Bungalows
- Heritage Mansions
- Private Pool Villas
- Kerala Cuisine
- Seafood Specialty
AYURVEDA WELLNESS CENTRE
- COMPLIMENTARY FACILITIES & AMENITIES
- Safe locker
- Coffee maker
- Hair drier
- Swimming Pool
- Fitness Center
- Wi – Fi
- Yoga and Meditation Centre
The resort is a 10-minute boat ride from to Kavanatinkara boat landing, which is 10 km from Kottayam, the nearest town. It is a 25 minute boat ride from to Puthenangadi boat landing, a 45 km drive from Kochi.