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Coconut Lagoon

Keralan backwaters

Located in the famous backwaters of Kerala on the shores of Lake Vembanad, one of the largest lakes in India, which lies 40km south of the main city Cochin (Kochi). Fringed with palm trees, the lake is fed by a myriad of waterways and home to extensive birdlife which thrives in the wetlands.

 

How to get there:

The best way to get to Lake Vembanad is by car from nearby Cochin. From the shores of the lake catch a ferry from the Kumarakom jetty and car park over to the Coconut Lagoon jetty .

By air:
Fly to Cochin, there are daily arrivals from the largest Indian cities as well as the biggest airports in the Middle East and some in South Asia such as Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

From the airport, take a taxi to Lake Vembanad. Alternatively, catch a bus into Cochin and make your way from there. Buses leave the airport regularly and follow a fairly good, direct route though it can be very slow with traffic. It’s a good idea to spend a day or two in Cochin if you’re there anyway.

By train:
The nearest station to the lake is Alleppey (Alappuzha) and from there you can take a ferry, but getting to Cochin will likely be your first port of call.

Cochin’s main railway stations are in Ernakulam and are called Ernakulam Junction and Ernakulam Town. Trains come in from all over India including from Mumbai, Goa, Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai.

By road:
Lake Vembanad is a little far from anywhere to come in via bus, but there are connections from Bangalore and a few other cities in Kerala to Cochin. From Cochin then catch a taxi to the lake.

 

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Rates from USD$ 93.71



Distances & travel times:

airport: Cochin: 1 hr 30 mins / 70 km

railway stations:
Ernakulam: 50 km / 1hr
Alleppey: 40km / 30 mins (but don’t bother, just take a ferry)

 

When to go:

Coconut Lagoon is open all year round but between October and March is the ideal time, with sunshine every day and not unbearably hot.

 

Getting around:

Boats ply the waterways so you can be ferried to wherever you want to go, though there isn’t really anywhere nearby to warrant going out for the day.