Thejaswini is one of the small, calm backwaters among the 44 rivers in Kerala on the long stretch of the Malabar Coast. It meanders through Northern Kerala's deep green coconut thickets with the local town and daily village activities visible along the banks like the coir factories, fishing boats and children giggling as they try to catch up with the houseboats in the channel of the river.
Kerala being a major spice producer since the bronze age, means of transport such as houseboats were used in such rivers and canals of the entire region to transport goods from city to city. This further attracted traders from the globe like the Arabs, Dutch, French, the Roman Empire, and the English, exporting rice and spices like Cardamom, Turmeric, Clove, Cinnamon and Nutmeg, Pepper Ginger and Tamarind, giving the state the title of ‘The Garden of Spices’ since the 3000 BCE.
The Lotus Houseboat is one perfect sanctum for those who want a break from their schedule to repose and void themselves of all stress in a busy work occupied life today. The 100 feet boat offers breathtaking scenery of the riverbanks with the village life in a soothing slow paced setting from the private verandahs in its two bedrooms, with the sitting area on the bow and the dining hall giving an open panoramic view of Thejaswini ahead.
The Anamalai Hills on the eastern horizon only add to the landscape with the sun setting on the other side and a gentle, light hue of an orange sky. When anchored, you will find local fisherman in their petite boats from the deck, working on their evening catch with a huge heap of wrapped up, entangled net with fish, crabs, mussels and other sea creatures still trying to move around, struggling to find their way back into the river while the boatman pulls the remaining net back into his boat.
With the atmosphere and soothing setting of the Lotus, the ideas on which it is built and the whole juxtaposition of a contemporary and quintessential detail blended with traditional art capture the real culture and heritage of Kerala to craft up a warm design for you to savour.
A lot of opportunities for birding present themselves throughout the day with Brahminy Kite, Heron, Cormorants, Kingfishers and the rare White Bellied Sea Eagle, of which only around a handful are left in the entire Coastline due to reasons like climate change and poaching. The best time to spot them is early in the morning and in the late evenings when they fish for food throughout the river or when they rest on the giant leaves of the coconut trees along the banks staring at the scenery with brooding eyes