Casino Hotel is where it all started for CGH Earth. This is where the ideas developed that sustain to this day. From this modest beginning in 1954, the group today spans 19 properties and offers a rich, diverse mix of experiences, all rooted in the basic values of respect for community, culture and environment.
Each CGH Earth property is created to offer an earth experience of a different kind so that guests leave refreshed and enriched. From tropical Periyar, the gleaming backwaters and lush jungle stays to secluded beaches, eco-friendly houseboats, and the heritage of Fort Cochin, it’s all here. Each crafted keeping sustainable tourism, natural beauty and respect for the surroundings in mind.
From the beginning, one of CGH Earth major initiatives has been towards preserving the local biodiversity of both flora and fauna at their properties and the surrounding areas.
Aiming at the source, they have started many programmes to help educate the local tribes, because it is they who tend the land and have the greatest impact on it. CGH Earth introduced organic farming, created viable plantations and set up market mechanisms, such as purchasing our produce from the local community. Thanks to these and other mutually beneficial arrangements, incidents of encroachment, poaching and illegal logging have declined in Periyar. The efforts at planting mangroves at Kumarakom have also been a source of satisfaction, preventing the degradation of this vast wetland with its thousands of indigenous species.
“We believe that art is an expression of the community and that the community will be nourished and enriched by the existence of an active, expressive and creative art community. “