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SWASWARA

Listen to your inner voice

SOUTH INDIA - GOKARNA

SwaSwara is located on the western coast of India, popularly known as the ‘Konkan’ coast in the state of Karnataka in South India. Set a little away from the village of Gokarna, nestling amidst rolling hills and lined by serene coconut palms are 24 villas inspired by the homesteads, tradition and craft of the Uttara Karnataka region.

We live unaware of the inner sound of our being, drowned out as it is, by the din of daily life. Only when everything else quiets down and we are at peace can we hear it. That's why we've made sure, that the shouts of the modern world die down to whispers, at SwaSwara. The inner voice of the Self. That echoes on a fabled beach, shaped like the very first sound of creation, Om. A perfect setting, for communion of mind and body. Come, say hello to the song and celebration within you.

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SPIRIT to discover
DR DAYANANDA
STORY to share
CGH EARTH
STYLE to experience
ECOLOGY, COMMUNITY AND CULTURE

SWASWARA

India, Karnataka, Gokarna

The inner voice of the self

1954: CGH EARTH STORY BEGINS

“We made our roads as we've walked upon them, introducing ideas and practices.”

SWASWARA

India, Karnataka, Gokarna

The inner voice of the self

EXPERIENCES OF NATURE

"Every CGH hotel is its own unique experience, allowing nature herself to replenish you."

Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel

SWASWARA

India, Karnataka, Gokarna

The inner voice of the self

EXPERIENCES OF COMMUNITY

"We believe that we can learn much from the local communities where we operate."

Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel

SWASWARA

India, Karnataka, Gokarna

The inner voice of the self

EXPERIENCES OF HERITAGE

"All our hotels have adopted the local culture and way of life. Paying homage to traditional modes of living."

Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel

SWASWARA

India, Karnataka, Gokarna

The inner voice of the self

EXPERIENCES OF WELL-BEING

"This is the true pilgrimage. The pilgrimage of the self."

Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel

SWASWARA

India, Karnataka, Gokarna

The inner voice of the self

AWARDS WON BY SWASWARA

Times Travel Honours & CNBC Awaaz Travel Awards, 2011 - Best Indian Holistic Health Resort

STORY to share

CGH EARTH

CGH Earth (formerly known as Casino Group of Hotels) develops and operates travel experiences in multiple locations. A family owned enterprise, we opened doors in 1954 with Casino Hotel in Willingdon Island, Cochin.

What began as a small hotel catering to the Port's visitors, has evolved into a large experiment in a form of tourism that's immersive, yet respectful of nature and local ethos. Today, the group's hotels include Bangaram Island Resort in Lakshadweep, Spice Village in Thekkady, Coconut Lagoon in Kumarakom, Spice Coast Cruises on the Vembanad Lake, Marari Beach in Mararikulam, Brunton Boatyard and Chittoor Kottaram in Cochin, Maison Perumal in Pondicherry, Visalam in Chettinad, SwaSwara in Gokarna and Kalari Kovilakom in Kollengode.

We've made our roads as we've walked upon them, introducing ideas and practices that, we're happy to say, have now been widely adopted. Yet, the experiment continues apace, as does the search for new harmonies.  So welcome to our world. And enjoy your stay.

Experiences of Nature

At CGH Earth, nature and the environment take centre stage. Every experience is inspired by and built around this core, be it the forests at Spice Village or the fishing villages of Marari Beach. Our structures become part of the landscape, using natural as well as modern materials to blend in. Modern day life fades into the background, allowing you to experience nature in its most pristine form. Your houseboat on the Spice Coast cruises allows you to dwell amidst a unique ecology. Bangaram Island will envelop you in the magic of the turquoise sea and coral reefs. Every CGH hotel is its own unique experience, allowing nature herself to replenish you.

Experiences of Community

We believe that we can learn much from the local communities where we operate. After all, they have lived harmoniously with the environment for many centuries. And so we adopted the construction methods of the Ooralie tribe of Periyar and the fishermen of Mararikulum and made them our own.  We borrowed the recipes of the local communities using locally grown ingredients and refined them, helping you experience the joys of tasty, wholesome food that is unique to the region. And we didn’t forget our obligation to give back. At all our resorts we have endeavored to employ people from the local community, be it the naturalist who guides you through the wilderness or the therapist who rejuvenates your mind and body. We instituted community based programmes that helped rehabilitate poachers and smugglers. Local tribes were taught organic farming techniques, which helped them to prosper and preserve their way of life. Its been our privilege to give back a little, where we have gained so much.

Experiences of Heritage

Our culture teaches us respect for our elders. This translates into a respect for our past and our heritage too. All our hotels have adopted the local culture and way of life. Paying homage to traditional modes of living.  The transplanted Kerala tharavads at Coconut Lagoon were restored by hand, in a process that took years, bringing to life Kerala's gracious mansions of old. At Brunton Boatyard you will experience the varied and rich histories of Fort Kochi in every aspect, from the interiors of the hotel to the cuisine. And Visalam is a celebration of the noble land of Chettinad. Heritage, we believe, is the ground beneath our feet, giving us roots in a changing world.

Experiences of Well-Being

A holiday is more than amusement. Reviving your mind, body and spirit is the point, and that can only come from within. We understand the importance of sending you home with your batteries totally charged. And so, most of our resorts have Ayurveda, yoga and meditation centers, where you can benefit from these ancient sciences.

Ayurvedic massages by experienced therapists will revitalize you physically. Other therapies will cleanse your mind and spirit, draining you of the negative energies induced by the stress of modern-day living. At Kalari Kavilakom you can experience the full range of Ayurveda’s benefits, right down to the food you eat. Trained instructors initiate you into the ancient practices of yoga and meditation, also helping you to renew all aspects of your being.

This is the true pilgrimage. The pilgrimage of the self.


Every CGH Earth experience rests on a set of non-negotiable core values. These values provide, not just the invisible pillars on which our efforts stand, but also serve as daily inspirations, made visible in a hundred little details. We believe that it is these details that collectively, create the singular mosaic that is a CGH Earth experience in itself.

Environmental Sensitivity.

We do our best to touch nature with sensitive hands. And to give something back to the ecosystems around us.

Local Community

Including and benefiting the Local Community. To us at CGH Earth, this is a matter of more than providing employment. Rather, providing understanding for their perspectives. And sharing with them as a family.

Local Ethos

Adopting the Local Ethos. We believe in a participative ethos that draws both inspiration and wisdom from the cultures that surround us.

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