Marayoor- The Dream Spot

Posted Date: 19 Aug 2010      Author: Roshan Salim Profile photo   Member Level: Gold (Rs 45)

This article is all about the dream spot in Kerala, which is known as MAravoor. Marayoor is exclusively known for its natural simplicity. The article discuss about the climate, tourism activities in Marayoor etc.

Marayoor- The Dream Spot for Tourism

Marayoor is one of the mind thrilling tourist destinations of Kerala which is known for pristine and serene natural extravaganza. Marayoor is considered as the ‘dream spot for tourism’ due to its immense natural beauty. It is situated in district of Idukki and is only 40 kms ride from Munnar. Marayoor hides between the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary and Kannandevan Tea Plantations of Idukki. It is a beautiful rain shadow region which is surrounded by the Western Ghats. It is one of the rarest places in Kerala where beauty meets adventure which contain the rocky hills, brooks, hill locks, rivers etc.

The place has an entirely different topography from the other destinations of Kerala due to the presence of its unique sandal woods, sugarcane plantations etc. The history behind its name has a belief with the epic heros like Pandavas. It is believed that the Pandavas visited this place during their journey to heaven. The rock temples and the dolmens are the best examples to prove that, there was human settlement here during the Stone Age itself. Marayoor is also known for its exotic wildlife.

Location and Climate of Marayoor

Marayoor is located in the district of Idukki in the foothills of Western Ghats. It belongs to the rain shadow region of the Ghats which is 40 kms away from Munnar. One can reach Marayoor from Munnar via Udumalpet road. The journey through the wild sandal forests inhaling the fresh and cool air will be a great experience. We our self dissolve in the enchanting beauty. The climate of Marayoor is very cool similar to that of Munnar. But the rainfall is less here. Maryoor receives an annual rainfall below 50cm. Marayyor is more windy place than rain. The wind blows in Marayoor is so strong so that it can fly a man in the air. The summer temperature can go up to 8 deg centigrade and the winter up to 30 deg centigrade.

Tourist attractions in Marayoor

Marayoor is popularly known for its Sandal wood plantations. It is only place in Kerala where we can witness such an array of Sandal wood trees. The pleasant smell of this Sandal is carried by the gentle breeze of Maryoor which makes an extra sensory perception. The Sandal wood factory run by the Forest department of Marayoor is another related tourist destination. The climate is best suitable for the growth of sandal due to its low rainfall but still a cold climate.

The stone coffins, popularly known as the ‘muniyaras’, is another interesting feature to see in Marayoor. These exclusive features represent the living examples of the Neolithic Age. There is also a saying that these coffins are the grave yards of ancient saints. We can also see many sculptures and wandering pics of epic heros like Rama, Pandavas etc. The Thengasinatha Temple in Marayoor is another attraction here. It was believed that the temple was built by Pandavas during their visit to Marayoor. There is also a cave near the temple where we can see some ancient scripts carved on the rocks.

Thoovanam water falls in Marayoor is another attraction here. These are also providing an excellent spot for adventure tourism like mountaineering and trekking. The adventure lovers can surely visit this dream spot. Marayoor also contains a children’s park which is built under the canopy of a single Banyan tree. The Neelakkurinji flowers which blooms once every 12 years are another attraction. Marayoor is an adobe for Neelakkurinji. The last blooming was witnessed in the year 2006. The tourists are eagerly waiting for its next bloom in 2018. All these astonishing features make Marayoor a real paradise for the tourists.

Tourist Places near Marayoor

Munnar: Munnar is a famous hill station in Kerala which is lying 40 kms away from Marayoor. Munnar is fomous for its sight seeing which include the beautiful tea plantations and Cardamom plantations. Munnar is known as the ‘Kashmir of South’ for its exotic natural beauty.

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary: Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is another famous tourist destination lying near Marayoor. The sanctuary is exclusively known for its rare biodiversity. The sanctuary is a also an adobe for some rare species of plants and animals.

Kanthaloor, which is known as the veriable land of fruits and vegetables is also a famous tourist destination around marayoor

Accessing Marayoor

Marayoor is located in Idukki district and is one of the main towns of Idukki. The tourists coming from Kerala can access the place via Munnar through Udumalpet road. The tourists coming from Tamilnadu can come via Pollachi or Palani. The accommodation facities is quite less near Marayoor than Munnar, but for shopping, Marayoor is the best. The place is 55 kms away from Idukki. The nearest Railway Station available is Aluva Railway Station which is 120 kms away. The nearest airport available is Kochi International Airport, which is 150 kms away.

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