Say hello to the Vechoor cow (it’s not difficult: there’s probably one grazing outside your cottage). While a regular cow gives 15 liters of milk a day, the Vechoor gives only 2 – 3 liters . Not good for popularity if you’re a cow. The result: these once prolific animals were crossbred to near extinction.
A major conservation effort ensued, where we joined hands with the local agricultural college. Today there are plenty of Vechoors about, adding to Coconut Lagoon’s air of general contentment.
Coconut Lagoon abounds in birds (more than 90, the last time we checked). But mention must be made of the Darter, one of the Vembanad’s friendliest denizens. Darter numbers had fallen to as low as 75, but thanks to conservation efforts, lots of them can be spotted all over the lake, drying their wings somewhat comically in the sun.
"India’s largest butterfly, the Southern birdwing, with a grand wingspan of 25-30 cm is a common visitor to Coconut Lagoon , thanks to the presence of its larval host plant, Aristolochea indica. But don't miss the smallest: the Grass jewel, whose wing span is only a half cm.