Sandalwood plantation Marayoor
This beautiful destination is the only place in Kerala that has natural Sandalwood plantation and the vast sugarcane farms, known for the best variety of solid molasses (Jaggery in Malayalam). If you want to explore this heavenly place and enjoy the sight of aromatic sandalwood trees, then Marayoor is not very far away from Munnar. This densely jungle is located around 40 kms from Munnar, on the eastern side of the Western Ghats and is bordered by the neighboring state Tamil Nadu. Tourists can visit the famous sandalwood factory here, which is run by the Forest Department.
There are around 65,000 trees in the Sandalwood plantation of Marayoor and these are said to be of high quality. One can gain more knowledge about these trees at ‘Sandalwood Regeneration Experimental Plot,’ which is run by the State Forest Department. The tourists can also see the processing of sandalwood in this forest and take a stroll in the jungle, only after taking permission from the Forest Department.
Kerala has less acres of sandalwood forests than its neighboring states like Tamilnadu and Karnataka, that possesses the best types of Sandalwood plantation trees owing to a reduced rainfall, which favours its abundant growth. Marayoor is a pristine forest, which is visited by a large number of tourists every day. It is a best place for trekking and for adventure seekers, who can catch a glimpse of the natural sights here while exploring the jungle. The lush green Tea plantation and rain shadow trees, makes the atmosphere of Marayoor cool and refreshing.
Other attractions Sandalwood plantation Marayoor
Pamber River is a scenic river, which flows between the villages of Marayoor and Kanthalloor and originates in the Anamudi hills. This stunning river enhances the beauty of Marayoor Sandalwood plantation and offers a very attractive sight to the visitors.
Marayoor as a pristine, heavenly and unexplored tourist spot is comparable to Munnar which is one of the most sought after hill stations in India in every respect and especially an excellent trekking spot for adventure seekers. The other attraction near the place as Thoovanam Waterfalls and the Rajiv Gandhi National Park gives its visitors a memorable visit. The rare Neelakurinji is native to this region.