Singin’ in the rain
There is a bit of something for all here. From luxury and greenery to serenity, massages and spa to temples and waterfalls — the choices are aplenty.
Courtallam is known for its natural beauty. Though the peak season is between June and September, when the monsoon literally brings happiness, I drove down from Madurai on a hot summer morning.
Three hours later, I found myself surrounded by greenery in a 110-year-old heritage property owned by Chennai-based industrialist V.S. Arunachalam. Two years ago, when he purchased the property, then known as Kariyar Bungalow, little did he realise that this monkey-infested location would turn this popular among tourists and the film crew.
The original bungalow has been converted into two Kottarams or heritage rooms with lot of antique furniture to lend a feel of the bygone days.
Around it are 10 newly-built plush cottages with spacious living rooms, bedrooms and modern bathrooms. Another three-storeyed building has been constructed with 24 deluxe rooms and two penthouses that provide an enchanting 360 degree view.
The restaurants serve wholesome, fresh food. Also, they have a facility to take care of children when parents relax in a Jacuzzi or indulge in an ayurvedic massage.
USP: Rejuvenate in Nature's embrace