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Dec 4, 2015 - Turning 50 on a houseboat in Kumarakom

We had such a lovely time in Kumarakom. Our airbnb, also known as Cruise'n Lake, was very comfortable with a fantastic location right on a waterway across from the bird sanctuary. We got all kinds of good birding action in the park and even saw two rare river otter! Every night we watched cormorants and fruit bats settle into the bushes, only to be jostled by the herons that came a few moments later. We fell asleep to the sounds of geckos and frogs croaking, and did yoga to the songs of various waterbirds, including bee-eaters and...

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Dec 12, 2010 - Kerala

Sun Dec 12 We have reached our final destination before we begin our long trip home on Tues. Yesterday was a quiet day at the Coconut Lagoon hotel. We walked into the neighboring village in the morning and saw people brushing their teeth, bathing, and doing laundry in the river. Jamie spent time with the naturalist taking photographs of dragon flies. We all went by boat to lunch on a small resort which is part of a 750 acre island reclaimed from the lake by the creation of a barrier wall and pumping of water from the interior back into the...

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Dec 10, 2010 - Coconut Lagoon

Fri Dec 10 We woke up on the boat this morning and cruised over breakfast to our current resort, the Coconut Lagoon, which can only be reached by boat. Along the way we saw lots of interesting fishing boats before reaching the resort on the edge of a huge lake. As usual here we were greeted with warm towels and cool drinks. There are rice paddies, tropical gardens, and bungalows all around. The bungalows are stucco and teak with tile roofs, and ours was special as it has a view of the lake and a private pool. We are here for 2 days and...

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Dec 9, 2010 - Lake Vembanadu

Thursday December 9 Thursday morning we left our lovely Spice Village Resort to head west. Immediately we began to see tea plantations along the road. Tea grows only in high elevations here and Sanjay filled us in on the whole cycle of tea growing and processing which is very labor intensive. The plantations are beautiful but Sanjay said they are not environmentally friendly because they do not support any other type of life like birds or animals. As we drove we started to see a large number of churches, schools, and very nice homes....

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Sep 8, 2009 - Kumarakom, Kerala

Dear friends and loved family - This is the 3rd time I've typed this entry and I'm about to cry!! Because I'm so frustrated with this program. At this point, I wish I'd just organized a group e-mail, and was sending e-mail the usual way. I've typed such lovely descriptions of so many things, and they disappear. Just now, it disappeared as I was typing, and it's not at the bottom of my screen, or anywhere I can find. We are in Kerala, and have had a wonderful time. It's hot and humid, and the hospitality is lovely. Michael and I are told...

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Apr 17, 2008 - Kumarakom, Kottayam district - authentic experience of Kerala and its backwaters... 'allow your senses to poss

Coconut Lagoon - rated by Condé Nast Traveller among the 25 best getaways in the world. Coconut Lagoon - eco-resort - one of the aspects of the Coconut Lagoon that enhanced my visit was the visible dedication to the care for and conservation of the environment. an early morning walk around the property and you would see the different components of recycling and reusing and biomass converters etc, each with signs describing the process - i felt at home. Here we have the joy of a renowned bird sanctuary on the banks of the Vembanad Lake - a...

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