Timings : Sunrise to Sunset
Time Required : 2-3 hrs
Entry Fee : No entry fee
Located just 40 kilometres away from Munnar is a scenic locale by the name of Marayoor, which is famous for its naturally growing sandalwood forest and dolmens from the Stone Age Civilisation. Wrapped in a wispy blanket of glorious clouds, Marayoor has hamlets, sugarcane fields, waterfalls and bamboo forests making it an enchanting landscape of exquisite green beauty. Add to it, the natural blessing of a sea of fragrant sandalwood trees; this place is a sensory experience like no other.
Marayoor is located on the eastern side of the Western Ghats and also boasts of two pre-historic sites, solid sugar molasses known as 'sarkara' in Malayalam and the gentle waters of the Paramba River flowing close by. What adds another dimension to the experience of this location is the presence of the old Muniyaras, which are burial chambers that belong to the megalithic age. Simple in their construction, these cists are made of granite slabs stacked against each other. The view of this ancient creation against the backdrop of the valley is a sight to behold, and is a must visit for nature lovers and history buffs alike.
This pristine forest is visited by a large number of tourists every day, who come to Marayoor for trekking and well as to capture some picturesque views while they walk around the jungle. The lush green tea plantations and trees further make the environment more pleasing and soothing, thereby making Marayoor the perfect holiday destination.
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