You arrive by boat…slowly, sliding across the calm waters of the Backwaters canals before glimpsing the waterfront portico and shimmering earth-coloured tiles on the roof, amidst rustling palm trees. Built in a colonial style, this eco-lodge sets itself up as a small village, with its bridges, covered passageways and landscape gardens. Between two sculpted shutters and columns, in the shade of a pagoda constructed of teak and anjili – a local and exotic (plus rot-proof) species of wood – settle yourself on a swing during the daytime, and take the time to consider the sprawling immensity of Lake Vembanad. Simultaneously lost and protected by this luscious nature, you find yourself at the spa, where you can try out beneficial “oils and vegetable-based concoctions”, whilst taking in the view of neighbouring rice paddies. Here, Mother Nature is sacred, because she continues to provide for everybody.