Nestled in the middle of the rainforest in India, an exclusive tree house resort stands peacefully facing jaw-dropping waterfalls, intent on connecting man with his organic nature.
There comes a time when the omnipotent human being needs to shed his modern skin and reunite with his true primal self. The urge to become one with nature’s boundless vivacity surfaces, an irresistible craving begging to be fulfilled. In South West India, raises a beautifully simple place that promises to answer that desire. Almost hidden and protected by the lush Sholayar rainforest, The Rainforest Resort is an exclusive resort that faces the Athirapally waterfalls, the highest in the state of Kerala. If you raise your head, you will be captivated by its circular tree house willing to tame your urge. Its sleek modern structure is entwined with the surrounding nature for the house is respectful of majestic trees that perpetually need to expand. Picture yourself, wakening in the morning to the soothing sound of distant roaring water, your feet tiptoeing on the wooden terrace to inhale the formidable view of the waterfalls enveloped by the jungle. Standing still, overlooking this green vibrant domain, you recognize strength.
Eager, you climb down from the cosy tree house to embark on a half hour trek through the rustling jungle shadowed by exotic birds, colourful butterflies and mischievous monkeys. At last, the walk ends with the azure sky finally appearing. Then, the luxuriant trees open to uncover ragged edges and the air is suddenly filled with the noisy ebullience of waterfalls that have lived here for thousands of years. Oblivious to visitors, the frothy water that will never stop splatters the devotees who dare approach its aquatic domain. Reconnected with nature, you remain voiceless in front of this incredible creation of energy. And a little voice inside you whispers: “But what would you say anyway, the cascade is so powerful nobody could hear you speak your emotions?” Dazed, your eyes follow the beautiful beast as it flows along uneven stones into the Chalakkudy River through the emerald forest. The Athirapally waterfalls’ strength will long remain through your pulsating veins and your strong heartbeat even when the scintillating water quietens to dance sensually toward the Arabian Sea. And if the gods are with you that day, you might even be blessed with a rainbow, a splendid poetic epilogue to honour nature’s flawless gift.
Water is the foundation of the world in ancient Hindu mythology. Among its aquatic descendants, the waterfall (jalapath in Hindi) is a provider of strength, its endless flow filled with an energy so intense it borders on perilous. Your gaze might even wander searching for the gods and other celestial beings, rumoured to bathe in the breath-taking creation of the Athirapally falls. The sound of tumbling water will echo the sound of the breath in your body and its fierce power will cleanse your soul and heal your mind. And when it is time for you to stroll back to the tree house, the waterfalls endless vitally combined with this newfound exhilaration will never leave your side again.
The Rainforest Resort
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