The lingering calm around Coconut Lagoon Resort is disrupted at around four o’clock. The Vechoor cows, which have been grazing peacefully under the coconut trees along the banks of the canals, suddenly look up now, grow impatient, and begin mooing to each other. It’s time to go home……
So begins a description from the booklet in our Heritage bungalow in what is the most peaceful and relaxing place I have ever stayed
Situated on one shore of Vembanad lake, the resort is home to a profusion of trees, flowers, butterflies, and numerous species of birds including egrets, kingfishers, bitterns, kites, magpies, robins, myna, cormorants and herons, among countless others. Butterflies, bees, dragonflies and turtles abound.
Just a few feet away, the chay vallam canoe glides almost silently past bamboo fishing poles, stopping to bring us complimentary freshly-brewed tea.
My companion and I sit in an open air candle-lit restaurant on a lagoon, under coconut palms, enjoying delicious Keralan cuisine made with local spices. Huge wooden Kettuvallam houseboats chunter past, their hulls made of planks of the Wild Jack Tree, stitched together and bathed in fish oil to make them leakproof.
Tomorrow we will board our own from alongside the resort reception area, to spend two days cruising the surrounding backwaters.
We retire to our bungalow with its open air bathroom, set among lawns between the canals, to slumber contentedly until daybreak.