This is a journey to the hill country of Southern India. It is a world to be found in the lush forests, the coffee estates and the grandeur of the Palani Hills. Pallam Palace is the house that sits at the heart of the old Rajakkad plantation. A small garden hotel with 8 unique bedrooms within an 18th century wooden structure that perfectly expresses its rich architectural heritage.Rajakkad's Pallam Palace began life in a very different environment. It settles now with quiet authority upon its hill, having found its way here. Twice dismantled, twice transported, twice re-assembled, a living testimony to its wondrous construction.
Rajakkad estate is approached along an avenue of royal palms. Red-flowered Flamboyants line the drive to Pallam Palace, at the top of the hill. The building is set around a pattern of courtyards and pools. A series of covered walkways link the 8 bedrooms to the library, the dining room and the sitting rooms. The water from the pools cools the atmosphere. White plaster walls seem to reflect the calm and instil a sense of retreat from the outside world. A repetition of louvered screens and doorways direct a flow of gentle breezes through the house and offer a multiple of framed views of the outside world.
While providing great comfort, Rajakkad has been kept as simple and authentic as possible. There are 8 spacious bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, including an authentic Alma bedroom, with extra beds for young children. All the bedrooms are accessed through the main courtyard and each room connects to the garden via its own entrance.
White walls and black oxide floors contrast gently with the wooden structure. Furniture is contemporary yet elegant, with colours complimented by carpets from Samarkand. Beds are made up with fine brushed cotton sheets, luxurious quilts and deep pillows. Bathrooms walls have a pearly Tadlac finish with large white South Indian cotton towels for guests. The soft furnishings have been chosen to suit each individual room and its surroundings.
The Garden Heritage Hotel
Rajakkad is nestled in the forests of the Palani Hills, an hours drive through the majestic mountains of Dindigul district, the nearest market town. The estate can be reached by car from nearby airports and train stations.Palani - 70 kms, Dindigul - 50 kms, Coimbatore - 200 kms, Madurai - 80 kms, Kodaikanal - 55 kms