Marayoor - A place rich in ancestry and natural beauty
Located 42 kilometers north of Munnar in Munnar-Udumalpet road, Marayoor is the only place in Kerala with a natural sandalwood forest It is also replete with beautiful green landscapes, lofty hills, and beautiful rivers. There are a few spectacular waterfalls in the Marayoor that will take your breath away. One of the greatest attractions in Marayoor is the trekking trip through its unique landscape.
The tourist destination is also famous for the ancient monuments. Human settlements in Marayoor started back in the Stone Age. There are many pieces of evidence to prove that the history of the place dates back to 10,000 BC. The place has many remnants of the human inhabitation in the form of Muniyara (Dolmens), rock paintings in Attala, Kovilkadu, and Manala.
The following are the major tourist attractions in Marayoor:
Best Time To Visit Marayoor
As there is not much seasonal variation in temperature, Marayoor is a buzzing tourist location throughout the year. Nevertheless, the monsoon witnesses heavy downpour, and summers are humid. So if you have an idea of what to expect during different seasons, you can be prepared. Here are the peculiarities of each season:
- Winter (October to February): Winters are comfortably cool in Marayoor. The lowest temperature does not go below 16 degrees Celsius. The afternoons are comfortable without much heat. If you are not a fan of the humid climate and pouring rain, this is the best time to visit Marayoor tourist destinations. But the comfort comes at a cost as the rate of tourist packages to Marayoor are comparatively high during the winter season
- Summer (March to May): March marks the start of summer in Marayoor. April and May are hot and humid with the highest temperature touching almost 35 degrees Celsius. However, the tourist flow to Marayoor is not much affected by the hot season. If you can withstand the humid climate, you can choose the summer for your visit to Marayoor attractions. Don't forget to carry sunscreen in your carry bag.
- Monsoon (June to September): Monsoon is a very wet season in the tourist destination. Rains can be quite frequent and heavy. But it adds to the picturesque beauty of the landscape. Monsoon tourism is hence fast developing in Marayoor. If you love watching the rain in its varying tones and enjoy a rain-drenched landscape, this is the best time to visit the place.
How To Reach Marayoor
- By Road: Marayoor is at a distance of 55 kilometers from Idukki and 42 kilometers from Munnar. The place can also be accessed through Pollachi or Palani in Tamilnadu.
- By Rail: The nearest railway station is Aluva at a distance of 120 kilometers.
- By Air: Cochin international airport is the nearest airport at a distance of almost 150 kilometers from Marayoor