Every year, Kerala acknowledges the best in the tourism industry with its ‘State Tourism Awards’. Here, we would like to introduce to you tour operators, hotels, resorts and service providers who have won accolades in 2015. Coconut Lagoon in Kumarakom is the recipient of the State Tourism Award for the ‘Best Heritage Hotel’ in Kerala.
Away from the hum-drum of city life, caressed by the Vembanad Lake and set amidst a luxuriant stretch of green encompassing the essence of Kerala is the Coconut Lagoon. Like a centerpiece, this idyllic resort lies in the vast expanse of glimmering waters, oozing old world charm.
The Coconut Lagoon experience starts with the gentle wobble that embraces one as one steps abroad a boat, the only mode of transportation to ferry travellers to this palm-fringed landscape dotted with old Kerala style mansions.
Unlike conventional resorts, at Coconut Lagoon one gets to witness the glory of yesteryears and the grandeur of Kerala architecture. The earthy feel of the property is enhanced by each piece of furniture which has been sourced from traditional homes and needless to say Coconut Lagoon makes you feel at home.
This heritage hotel with its huge bungalows, pool villas, heritage mansions, Ayurveda centre, Yoga and meditation centre, recreation area and a training centre for Kerala's martial art – Kalaripayattu has everything to delight and pamper the traveller. The multi-cuisine restaurant with its exquisite spread of delicacies ranging from authentic Kerala food to a wide selection of international favourites keeps gourmet lovers in good stead.
The rich avian life flitting about in abandon across the placid lake makes for a great spectacle to wake up to. With the evenings enriched by Kathakali, Mohiniyattom, Carnatic music performances and so on, one gets to experience the rich cultural heritage of the state.
Be it sauntering in the butterfly garden here, taking out a canoe through the shimmering waters of the canals, burrowing into a hammock and watching the golden orb plunge into the sparkling waters, or experiencing the serene undertones of the property, Coconut Lagoon is the perfect getaway for tired souls.