Casino Group of Hotels do their
best to ensure that the spirit
finds authentic expression with
their cuisine, service and accommodations. This is what makes a
holiday with Casino unique, unlike any other. International, yet
rooted in local culture. Exciting, yet in perfect harmony with
the wind, sea and land around Casino.
The Casino Group of hotels was
founded by Dominic Joseph Kuruvinakunnel on the harbour island
of Willingdon, in Cochin, Kerala. What started out in 1957 as
the Casino Restaurant, catering to the dock workers and
commuters of Willingdon Island, evolved into the familiar Casino
Hotel. And eventually into "The Casino Group of Hotels". Today,
the Group covers seven diverse destinations that capture the
many moods of Kerala and the Lakshadweep Islands.
Nights / 8 Days Kerala Spice Coast (Coconut Holiday)
On arrival at cochin
international Airport/Railway Station, you are
greeted and Whisked away to historic Fort Cochin and
hotel, Brunton Boatyard. In cochin, explore this
ancient Harbour, with its rich colonial past.
Explore the old spice market at Mattancherry, the
antique shop on Jewís street, the Synagogue, the
Dutch palace and of course, the famous Chinese
fishing nets followed by harbour cruise. Overnight
at Brunton boatyard.
Cochin - Periyar
You leave the coastal
plain, traveling winding hill roads with plantations
of rubber, spice and tea. Enroute stopover for lunch
at the Plantation House. After check in at Spice
Village the afternoon is reserved for a boat safari
in the Periyar Sanctuary. Enage in activities like
Cooking demonstration and cultural programme
followed by dinner. Overnight at Spice Village.
Early mornings are the
best time for sightings and you can except to spot herd of elephants, bison, deer and spectacular bird
life. Not to mention some of the 140 species of
Orchid that thrive here. A trip to Periyar is not
complete without visiting the spice plantations.
Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at spice village.
Periyar - Kumarakom
Youíll just after
breakfast, driving back down to the coast and this
melodically named town of kumarakom on the banks of
lake vembanad. here, you hop on to a boat to coconut
lagoon, an eco-friendly resort created from restored
heritage homes, set in a web of canals on the banks
of the Kavanar river. Evening finds you on a sun Ė
set cruise on the lake, in a converted rice boat
adrift to a flute accompaniment. After cruise it is
learning time. Learn to cook some authentic Keralam
dishes in the cooking demonstration class organized
by the Chef. The resort gives an opportunity to see
some traditional Art forms of kerala which is
followed by dinner. Overnight at Coconut Lagoon.
Wake-up call by the
birds from the nearby bird sanctuary and get ready
to experience yoga for your body and mind. After
breakfast, soft trek to the bird sanctuary
accompanied by a Naturalist who will identify the
birds which wakes you up in the morning. Before
lunch there is enough time to visit the Village
nearby. Back in the resort for lunch. Afternoon at
leisure. Evening engage in yet another session of
cooking demonstration and cultural show. Dinner and
Overnight at Coconut Lagoon
After breakfast another
session of yoga, transfer by boat and then by road
to Marari Beach. Check-in to an independent villa at
Marari Beach resort is
not just the sand and the sea. Itís the living
environment that surrounds it. The Marari Beach, let
us be clear, is not the place for a raucous Beach
holiday. There are no real parties here. No noisy
water scooter but for those seeking to undue the
stress of the city life and experience a completely
new place, it is the perfect spot.
AFter lunch in the
restaurant, itís time to relax in the Coconut grove.
Evening will be engaged in good music, cooking
classes followed by dinner.
Now you are an expert
on yoga. You donít need a wake up call anymore for
the daily Yoga class. After breakfast, explore the
area and itís fishing villages nearby on a bicycle
or take a dip in the sea. The beach usually being
nearly empty except for a few other guests and the
old local fishermen. After lunch at leisure. It will
be great idea to walk across the road to our organic
farm, which ensures that the vegetables and fruits
we serve are the freshest you can get. You donít
want to leave. Do you? This is the last chance where
you can approach the Chef for any
assistance/clarifications regarding the recipes you
would have collected over the past three / four
days. After dinner, walk back to your cottage
already making plans for your next visit.
emotional drive back to Cochin International Airport
/ Railway station.