Marayoor or Marayur the pristine, heavenly and unexplored tourist spot is comparable to Munnar (the most sought after hill stations in India)in every respect and has now become well known as the real beauty with adventure .
The road from Rajamala to Marayoor or Marayur is flanked by lush green tea estates. There are occasional waterfalls. Then comes the sandalwood forest. First, the trees come one by one, and then these turn into a sea. The air is cool and one comes under the rain shadow. After reaching Marayoor or Marayur comes the spot 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 crop dancing in the wind. A children's park formed under the canopy of a single Banyan tree spreads across a hectare of land and is a wonderful sight. Then there is the Thoovanam Waterfalls where one can spend endless hours romancing with the nature. A park named Rajiv Gandhi National Park is also nearby.
Marayur is one of the main towns in the district of Idukki. This place can also be accessed from Pollachi / Palani in Tamilnadu and from Munnar. Tourists can find a good number of accommodation facilities at Marayur or in Munnar. Shopping facitlities are rather basic at Marayur but better at Munnar.
Temperatures :Winter (can go down to 8 oC), Summer (can go up to 30oC)
Communication facilities : Available in Marayoor or Marayur
Marayoor or Marayur is the only place in Kerala with a natural growth of sandalwood trees. The sandalwood factory run by the Forest Department is of tourist interest. A reduced amount of rainfall is ideally suited for the abundant growth of best sandalwood trees.
Marayoor or Marayur -The rain shadow village,'the heaven on earth',lies in the eastern side of the Western Ghats and is bordered by the neighbouring state Tamil Nadu. Most of the tribals are primarily engaged in agriculture.
Muniyaras date back to the Neolithic period. The legendary wanderings of 'Rama and Sita' and the 'Pandavas' are clearly depicted here. Caves, paintings and under ground tunnels are also found here.
The spectacular thoovanam waterfalls and the Rajiv Gandhi National Park gives its visitors a memorable visit.
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 next blooming is due in 2006.
A children's park formed under the canopy of single Banyan tree spreads across a hectare of land and is reallya wonderful sight.