Marayoor the “The Hidden Village” or a rain-shadow village on the eastern slopes of the Western Ghats, is 40 kms from Munnar on the Udumalapet road, half way between Munnar and Udumalpet (Tamil nadu). Marayur surrounded by tall rocky mountains (about 6000 ft above MSL). In the surrounding mountains, we saw Shola forests. All around the Marayur region, there are several wildlife santuaries: The Eravikulam National Park, The Chinnar wildlife sancturay (and the adjacent Indira Gandhi Wildlife sanctuary in Tamil nadu). The fresh mountain air, the mist-clad hills and panoramic view make it worthy of a visit. Hamlets, rocky hills, rivers, brook, cave temples, sugar cane fields, waterfalls, Neolithic period’s stone coffins, sandal wood and bamboo forests are the attractions of the Marayoor. The climate there is also very cool and the cold become intense during November to January. But the heat during summer goes up by 31 degrees here too.
Marayur is the only place where natural sandal wood forests are found. There is a sandalwood depot under Goverment of Kerala near Marayoor town where sandalwood is processed. The slender trees seen on either sides of the road are fragrant sandalwood trees. One kilogram of first quality Marayoor sandal cost INR 1100. Sandalwood oil is used in the manufacture of perfumes, soaps, etc. All these trees belong to the government. Sarkkara(Maryur undasarkara) is dark brown sugar balls made of condensed sugarcane juice. It is also known as jaggery or “gud” (Hindi). The best jaggery in India is produced from Marayoor.