A charming backwaters heritage hotel featuring local design alongside modern comforts.

Your arrival by boat to the 400-year old reception building of this beautiful heritage property really sets the tone for the rest of your stay. With a setting on the shore of beautiful Lake Kumarakom, and between two natural canals, there’s an authentic backwaters atmosphere at this restored 19th-Century former coconut plantation. You can canoe along the canals that criss-cross the resort or head out on a sunset cruise on the lake... if you wish to get back to nature we highly recommend a stay here. There are three naturalists at the resort who are on hand to inform and guide guests about the local wildlife – from exotic birds to butterflies. The Coconut Lagoon also has some serious eco-friendly credentials and everything they do is sensitive to the local culture and environment. This is the perfect alternative to a beach stay following a houseboat cruise or tour of Southern India.

The main restaurant Ayemenem is renowned for its superb traditional cuisine and authentic setting. As well as international dishes, you can sample traditional home cooked Keralan cuisine served on a banana leaf. There’s also a real focus on freshly-caught seafood and each day the menu incorporates the catch of the day cooked in the special clay oven.

Our chosen accommodation category at Coconut Lagoon are the individual one-storey Heritage Bungalows that are set throughout the landscaped gardens. The style reflects the local area with dark wood furnishings that have been sourced from traditional Keralan homes or local craftspeople, and natural fabrics such as linen and cotton.

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Key information

On the eastern shore of Lake Vembanad

Airport transfer time: Approx. 2½ hours from Cochin airport including a 10-minute boat ride to the resort
Rooms: 50

Good to know

Compulsory gala dinner 24 and 31 Dec, supplements apply.

Accommodation information

50 cottages, mansions and villas


• Wander through the butterfly garden and spot a variety of exotic species •  Canoe along the canals or on the lake • Walk or cycle through the local area and see daily life on the backwaters • Join a sunset cruise and watch as the sun dips over the lake.


2 restaurants, bar

What's included

Breakfast at the main restaurant.

All Inclusive

Half Board (please call for prices) • Breakfast and dinner at the main restaurant
Full Board (please call for prices) • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the main restaurant.

*Denotes local charge