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Marayoor, a rain-shadow village on the eastern slopes of the Western Ghats , is 40 kms from Munnar on the Udumalpet road. It holds a lot of natures blessing to be unfolded before its visitors.Its also a unique place where tourism meets adventure. The fresh mountain air, the mist-clad hills and panoramic view make it worthy of a visit. By travelling either from Marayoor to Munnar or from Munnar to Marayoor, one can feel the enchanting beauty of natures blessing to be remembered for a life time.
The enchanting beauty of Marayoor offers persity in every aspect of the land and its culture. Hamlets, rocky hills, rivers, brooks, cave temples, sugar cane fields, waterfalls, stone coffins, sandal wood and bamboo forests are all in store for the visitor. It is the only place in the state with a natural growth of sandal wood trees. The rare Neelakurinji flower is native to this region.
Marayoor comes under Devikulam block.Several notes are found in history and epics about this area.It is believed that Lord Sriram and Sitadevi visited this place during Vanavasam.The name Devikulam took its origin from Sitadevi and it is believed that she took bath in a pond here. In the great epic Mahabharatha also,this area has been cited. It is said that Pandavas had stayed in the area during their Vanavasam and so the place was named as Maranjirunnaoor. Now the place is known as Marayoor.
Marayoor 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 Marayoor but better at Munnar.
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