When you are feeling the heat and want to get away from the maddening city rush, head to this place deep in the wilderness. The Srishty Garden Resorts is less than a kilometre from the old Courtallam Falls, with the picturesque Thirukootamalai in the background.
Srishty Garden Resorts
Old Courtallam, Ayiraperi, Tenkasi
USP: Truly for Nature lovers
When you are feeling the heat and want to get away from the maddening city rush, head to this place deep in the wilderness. The resort is less than a kilometre from the old Courtallam Falls, with the picturesque Thirukootamalai in the background.
Silence and solitude are guaranteed here. You'll love inhaling the mountain air, strolling down winding paths, marvelling at the profusion of colourful blooms and listening to birdsong.
At the resort, luxury blends with tradition. It has four individual cottages, deluxe and suite rooms, all designed in the Mediterranean style. The well-appointed rooms have large balconies with garden views while the cottages have sit-outs enveloped in greenery. All rooms are equipped with basic modern facilities. The kitchen offers customised simple food.
The picturesque setting of the property works as a balm on your fatigued mind and body. The cloud-capped spurs of the Western Ghats lend an enchanting ambience.
Unless you want to catch up on your reading and writing or simply want to laze around, the only activity here is to walk up to the old falls, a trek of 1.5 km. The cool breeze that wafts along, and the intermittent drizzle make it an experience to cherish.
How to get there
It is 160 km from Madurai, 55 km from Tirunelveli and 137 km from Kanyakumari. From Tenkasi town (which is 7 km from the resort), take the Old Courtallam Road. Go up to Ayiraperi and take a turn on seeing the nameboard of the resort on the main road.
Deluxe Cottages (four) Rs. 2,500; Suites (six) Rs.1,500; Double Rooms (11): Rs.1,200. Non A/C Double Rooms (10): Rs. 800. An extra bed costs Rs.150. For details call 9443120960, 04633-220960
Things to do
Visit the main Courtallam falls besides five more — Five falls, Tiger falls, Chembakadevi falls, Honey falls, New falls.
Or, visit Tenkasi town and take in its old world charm. Visit the Kasi Viswanathar temple.
If you are a wildlife lover, you could visit the Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve after seeking permission.
Take a dip at Papanasam or Ambasamudram.
Or connect with your self through the spa, yoga and meditation at the resort.