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RAINFOREST, ATHIRAPALLY

Does silence roar? Or does it twitter? Perhaps both. Welcome to the Rainforest boutique resort, tucked right into the lap of nature. Shrug off the city along with your coat and just soak in the misty sprays of the cascading Athirapally waterfalls at Chalakudy, Kerala. Or simply rest your eyes on the lush green of the pristine Sholayar rainforest.

Here, you have the luxury of choosing to just be. Let your senses awaken to the chants of the wild: the rumble of the 80-foot high waterfalls and the busy chatter of exotic birds. Besides, at the Rainforest, going natural does not equate to being austere. Slip into the welcoming warmth of silky quilts or down a delicious drink as you lounge in your well-appointed room.

As a boutique hotel set in 7 acres of virtually virgin rainforest, we take the best care to ensure that we pamper our guests as well as the environment. For an intimate yet grandiose experience with the wild, step into the Rainforest.

Accommodation

  • 9 well appointed super luxury air conditioned rooms and a tree house.
  • Large balcony with a fabulous view of the waterfall from every room.
  • A well designed non air-conditioned tree house with a panoramic view of the waterfall which comes with an attached bathroom, queen size bed, safe deposit locker and mini bar.

Facilities

Luxury Rooms

Six luxury rooms that draw you in with their chic interiors and prompt services on-demand, be it the stacked mini-bar or the doctor-on-call service. The stylish furniture has a touch of minimalism about it, while being high on the comfort factor.

Look out the large windows for more than a glimpse of the forest that surrounds you. You have all the beauty of nature right outside your window and all the comforts of modernity inside your room: special care has been taken to ensure that every room is insect-and-dust-proof.

You may just end up spending more time in the relaxing shower than in the room. And did we mention sipping a piping hot cup of coffee while enjoying the misty falls, right from the balcony?

Premium Rooms

If the luxury rooms are swish, the two premium rooms elevate the concept to the next level. Step in, and be prepared to be mesmerised. for just drawing your curtains will provide you with the breathtaking waterfall view right from the living room.

The tastefully-furnished room is sure to catch the eye of the aesthete for the care that has gone into finding just the right pieces for the room, from the modernist painting to the sleek bedside lamps. The colour palette of the room's and their decor have been conceptualised to blend in with the natural beauty surrounding the resort: the white linen offsetting the terracotta floors and dark wood furniture.

If you want to refresh yourself before exploring the forest and the falls, just step into the in-room jacuzzi. Let the water jets massage the fatigue out of your body. Like to wallow in your bath? How about doing some sightseeing right from your tub? The bathroom also looks out onto the magnificent falls.

Celestial Rooms

A room fit for the gods: the ambience of the elegant celestial room is designed to suit those who appreciate the finer things in life. The roomy interiors of the suite are laid out in high style.

Making do with little is definitely not on the celestial room's design agenda; neither is it part of the mental make-up of the clients who opt for this singular room. That's why the Celestial room comes with luxuriant add-ons like the walk-in wardrobe and foot massager.

Of course, looking out the large windows at the misty falls is a luxury that beats every manmade one. Need we explain why this is the preferred room of celebrities on their secretive visits to Athirapally?

Tree House

Just looking at this tree house is sure to bring back happy memories. Climb into it, and the tree house surprises you with its airy expanse, not to mention the amenities at hand. So you can lounge in luxury even as you indulge the child in you.

The tree house is an exceptional example of the fusion of nature with modern architecture. This design marvel, created by a Swiss architect, has been engineered to allow for the needs of the growing tree. Special care has gone into the design of the tree house to ensure that the tree is unharmed while the tree house remains a safe abode.

Standing in your tree house and looking out at the tops of the trees in the rainforest and the thundering waterfall is an exhilarating sight indeed. A feeling of oneness with Nature prevails. This one-of-a-kind tree house is unique in Kerala, for the kind of luxuries it offers while being right out there in the wild. Enjoy all your en-suite amenities even as the breeze tickles you awake in the mornings or the twittering birds keep you company before sunset.

Room facilities

  • Mini bar
  • In-room safe
  • Tea/Coffee maker
  • Hair dryer
  • Turndown services
  • Dressing gown

Other facilities

  • Laundry services
  • Doctor on call
  • Swimming pool
  • Pachyderm: library cum recreation room

Dining

  • Foliage: Authentic Kerala Cuisine served in our alfresco area with a spectacular view of the waterfall.

Visitor information

  • Language: English, Malayalam
  • Currency: Indian Rupee (INR)
  • Climate: Warm summer (Feb to May), 30-36 ° C
    tropical monsoon (June to Sep), 26-32 ° C
    Mild winter (Oct to Jan), 18-28 ° C

Activities

  • Fishing in the river
  • Visit to the Tribal village
  • Camping
  • Walk to the waterfall
  • Guruvayoor Temple: one of the most sacred and important pilgrim centers of Kerala. 92 kms / approx. 2 hrs. from Rainforest.
  • Trekking
  • Charpa falls: 2 kms uphill
  • Vazhachal Falls (5 kms)
  • Malakappara Tea Gardens: 58 kms away, a drive through the forest.
  • St. Thomas Church: (61 kms), atop the 609 meter high Malayatoor Hill, dedicated to St. Thomas the apostle.
  • Plantation visit: (10 kms) - experience life on a typical plantation where vanilla, oil palm, pepper and rubber are cultivated.
  • Visit South India’s largest elephant training center- Kodanad elephant training center (52 kms): 2 hours drive from Athirapally

Location & transportation

  • Cochin International Airport is 1 hour drive away
  • Nearest Railway station: Chalakudy: 45 minutes away
  • Major Railway Station: Ernakulam Town: 1½ hrs. away

As we are located near the Sholayar Forest Range, mobile connectivity is available for Airtel, Vodafone & Idea only. Due to poor connectivity credit card and internet facility is unavailable.

Distance from ‘Rainforest’

  • Kochi - 82 kms
  • Chalakudy - 30 kms
  • Munnar - 150 kms
  • Kumarakom - 150 kms
  • Thekkady - 225 kms