Marayoor is not only an ideal tourist destination but it also claims to be a part of the Stone Age Civilization that is as old as 10,000 B.C. The land and its Unique Dolmens, caves, rock edicts and engravings declare its rich heritage. The scenic Marayoor is also noted for its natural growth of sandal wood trees and sprawling wild life. Marayoor travellers often find themselves in the middle of history, nature and adventure. Marayoor is still a pristine, celestial and unexplored tourist spot when compared to Munnar which happens to be one of the most sought after hill stations in India.
An impressive pre-historic site at Marayoor is a must-see recommendation for those with an interest in history, archaeology or anthropology. The old megalithic monuments and the scenic location of the site would win the hearts of ordinary travelers too.
Travelers can see here ‘Muniyara’ or dolmenoid cists which are burial chambers belonging to the megalithic age. The chamber is a simple one made of four granites slabs on edges and capped by another slab. Some dolmenoids consist of more than one burial chamber.
It is very near to Munnar and is the only place in Kerala having natural growth of sandal wood. Tourists can visit the sandal wood factory owned by the Forest Department.
Marayoor is believed to have some connections with Hindu mythology. It is believed to be the place where Rama lived with Sita during their ‘Vanavasa’, the period they wandered among thick forests. Some also believe that the “Pancha Pandavas’ also stayed here for a long period. The caves (muniyaras) and paintings and underground tunnels in Marayoor are supposed to belong to the prehistoric age. There we can see relics from the New Stone Age. There is a children’s park spread over a hectare of land under the canopy of a single banian tree which is of great interest and offers incredibly charming sight for tourists.
The road from Rajamala to Marayoor is flanked by lush green tea estates. As you drive by, there are occasional Lakkam Waterfalls . Then you come across the Sandalwood trees forest. First, the trees appear one by one, and soon these turn into a sea. The air is cool and one comes under the rain shadow area. Marayoor houses the ‘muniyaras’ or the stone coffins with underground tunnels, which date back to the Neolithic period. These cave-like structures resting on vertical rocks are present everywhere – they are stone slabs resembling crudely-made boxes. There are paintings depicting the legendary wanderings of ‘Rama and Sita’ and the ‘Pandavas’ inside the caves.
Tourist attractions in Marayoor
The Main Tourism attractions of Marayoor 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 2000 years old Muniyara’s or dolmenoid as the impotent tourist destination at Marayoor A children’s park formed under the canopy of single Banyan tree spreads across a hectare of land and is really a wonderful sight.