Must Visit

Marayoor

Marayoor :Well known as the real beauty with adventure ,placed at around 54 kms north of Munnar,Is a rain shadow village lying in the eastern side of the Western Ghats and is bordered by the neighbouring state Tamil Nadu .The City is famous of the  sandalwood forest.This is the only place in Kerala that has a natural growth of sandalwood trees. The sandalwood factory of the forest department, the caves(muniyaras) with the murals and relics from the New stone age civilization and the children's park spread across a hectare of land under the canopy of a single banyan tree, are of great interest to tourists.

The road from Rajamala to Marayoor is flanked by lush green tea estates. There are occasional waterfalls. Then comes the sandalwood forest. The air is cool and one comes under the rain shadow area. A major tourist spot is the Muniyaras, or the stone coffins, which date back to the Neolithic period. The stone coffins are everywhere - they are stone slabs resembling crudely-made boxes, resting on vertical rocks. Descending the hill, one can see cane crops dancing in the wind. Then there is the Thoovanam Waterfalls where one can spend endless hours romancing with nature. The Rajiv Gandhi National Park nearby is also an attraction. The rare Neelakurinji is native to this region. Neelakurinji is an exotic flowering plant that paints the hills blue when it blossoms once every 12 years.

The City is an exotic haven for tourists and trekkers. The sprawling wild life, majestic mountains, cascading waterfalls, sandal wood and bamboo forests, ancient dolmens or muniyaras, rock edicts, and unique trekking experiences make Marayoor a much sought after destination.There are other interesting places of tourist importance near and around the land. Marayoor is the gateway of Chinnar wildlife sanctuary and tribal settlements. Marayoor is inhabited by a group of tribals who are primarily engaged in agriculture. The temperature in summer goes up to 30 degree Celsius while the winter temperature can come down to as low as 8 degree Celsius.

 

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