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Referred to as the heaven on earth, exotic and pristine Marayoor is a unique place where beauty meets adventure. The enchanting tourist destination of Marayoor offers persity in every aspect of the land and culture...... hamlets, rocky hills, rivers, brooks, cave temples, paddy and sugar cane fields, waterfalls, sandal wood and bamboo forests...…This rain shadow region, blessed with abundant natural beauty and wildlife, attracts tourists from all over the world.

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 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 the best sandalwood trees.

Marayoor- 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 here 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 last blooming was in 2006.besides, a childrens park formed under the canopy of a single Banyan tree spreads across a hectare of land and is really a wonderful sight.

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