About Marayoor

Country: India | State: Kerala

Ideal Trip Duration: Full Day

Nearest City to Marayoor: Coimbatore (116 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Marayoor: October to March

Peak Season: November to February

At a distance of 41 km from Munnar, 70 km from Palani, 90 km from Idukki, 115 km from Valparai, 116 km from Coimbatore, 131 km from Dindigul, 164 km from Kochi, 168 km from Meghamalai, 172 km from Thrissur, 175 km from Kottayam, 190 km from Madurai, and 298 km from Trivandrum, Marayoor or Marayur is a scenic place situated in Idukki district of Kerala, India. It is one of the popular places to visit near Kochi, and among the best places to visited along with Munnar packages.

Nestled in the shadows of the Western Ghats, Marayoor is a pre-historic site and also the only place in Kerala that has natural sandalwood forests. This scenic town claims to be a part of a Stone Age civilization that is as old as 10,000 BC. It is also home to a later period of large-scale dolmen-buildings, which are the must-include places in Marayoor holiday packages. As per history, the people of Tamil Nadu have migrated to this area when the Madurai king Thirumalainaicker was defeated by Tippu Sultan in the 18th century AD. They created five villages - Kanthalloor, Keezhanthur, Karayur, Marayur, and Kottakudi which were called the 'Anju Nadu', literally meaning 'five lands'.

For over ten centuries, Marayur has managed to preserve a stone-clad secret deep in its soul. The jungles and hillsides of Marayoor are dotted with remnants of Dolmens called muniyaras (burial chambers made of four stones placed on edges and covered with the capstone) belonging to the Megalithic age. Marayoor is also famous for its ancient rock paintings located in Attala, Ezhuthu Guha (near Kovilkadavu), and Manala. Attala is situated in the west part of Marayur Township and has more than 90 painted motifs. Most of the paintings at Attala are abstract designs except for a few human and animal figures. Ezhuthu Guha rock paintings are situated in the Sandalwood Reserve Forest in Koodakavu. Around 90 painted motifs can be seen here. This place is the most famous rock art site in Kerala and attracts a large number of visitors. Ten painted motifs are located on the south-western slope of the plateau overlooking the Pambar River. Also, one can see is a rock painting at Manala inside Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary near the Alampetty tribal settlement.

Besides, Marayoor has a lot of sugarcane plantations and Marayoor Sarkara (Jaggery) is famous for its unique taste and texture. Along with prehistoric dolmens, cave paintings, and sandalwood forests, Lakkam Falls, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary & Thoovanam Waterfalls, and Amaravathi Dam are some important places to visit in Marayoor. Home to lush green mountains, mild wet winters, and hot dry summers, Marayoor as a pristine, heavenly and unexplored tourist spot is comparable to Munnar. The place is an excellent trekking spot for adventure seekers.

About 123 km, Coimbatore International Airport is the nearest airport that has well flight connectivity with Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Mumbai. Palani Railway Station is the nearest railhead which is about 70 km from Marayoor. It has well-connected trains from Rameswaram, Chennai, Madurai, Palakkad, and Coimbatore. From here, one can hire a cab or bus to reach Marayoor. Marayoor Bus Station is linked by bus with Munnar, Idukki, Udumalpet, Aluva, Kochi, Palani & Coimbatore.

There are several homestays, resorts, and hotels available in Marayoor for tourists to stay and explore the nearby places. October to March is the best time to visit Marayoor to experience cool and pleasant weather which is suitable for sightseeing.

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Other Info
Internet Availability: Average
STD Code: 04865
Languages Spoken: Malayalam, Tamil, English & Hindi
Major Festivals: Details Not Available

How to Reach Marayoor

By Air

Nearest Airport: Coimbatore - Coimbatore Peelamedu Airport (123 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Palani Railway Station (70 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Marayoor Bus Stand (0 Kms)

Top 10 Places to Visit in Marayoor


#1 of 9 Places to Visit in Marayoor

At a distance of 36 km from Marayoor, 50 km from Pollachi and 91 km from Coimbatore, Amaravathi Dam is an earthen dam located at Amaravathi Nagar in Tamil Nadu. Situated inside Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary, it is one of the popular places to visit near Marayoor and among the must include places in Coimbatore Tour Packages.

Surrounded by Annamalai Hills & Palani Hills, Amaravathi Dam was built in 1957 CE across the Amaravathi River. The reservoir is 9.31 sq. km in area and 110 feet deep. The dam was built mainly for irrigation and flood control. Now, the dam is used for generating four megawatts of electricity. There is also a well laid-out park with steps going up to the dam.

The dam is notable for the significant population of mugger crocodiles living in its reservoir and catchment basin. One can also visit the Amaravathi Sagar Crocodile Farm located in the dam vicinity and is a must-visit as it is the biggest crocodile nursery in India. Set up way back in 1976, it has .....

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#2 of 9 Places to Visit in Marayoor

At a distance of 5 km from Marayoor Bus Stand, Dolmens or Muniyaras are the prehistoric burial chambers situated at Kovikadavu village near Marayoor, Kerala. This site is one of the popular heritage sites near Kochi, and among the must include places in Marayoor packages.

The magnificent Muniyaras or Dolmens belong to the Stone Age and are older than 10, 000 BC. More than 2,500 Muniyaras can now be seen in the entire region comprising Kanthaloor, Marayoor, and Chinnar. There are dozens of Dolmens around the area of old Siva temple, also known as Thenkasinathan Temple, at Kovilkadavu on the banks of the River Pambar and also around the area called Pius Nagar, and rock paintings on the south-western slope of the plateau overlooking the Pambar River. A lot of archaeologists from all over the world visit this fascinating place to explore the remnants of Dolmenoid .....

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#3 of 9 Places to Visit in Marayoor

At a distance of 4 km from Marayoor Bus Stand, Ezhuthala Cave is a prehistoric cave situated inside Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary in Marayoor. Known for its ancient rock art, it is one of the popular places to visit in Marayoor.

Situated in the Sandalwood Reserve Forest in Koodakavu, Ezhuthala Cave is the most famous rock art site in Kerala. There are about 90 rock paintings located in a huge rock shelter at an altitude of 1500 m. The shelter is formed out from a huge granite rock resembling a cobra hood hence the tribal people call it Pathipara. The shelter opens to the west and is approachable from the southern side. The shelter measures 14.5 m at the base. The paintings are executed mainly in red ochre and white kaolin and are said to be one of the most beautiful depictions of the prehistoric era in the country. The superimposition of the paintings is seen here in large numbers. The main depictions are three giant humans in red ochre with border, humans engaged in different activities, .....

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#4 of 9 Places to Visit in Marayoor

At a distance of 5 km from Marayoor Bus Station, Sandalwood Forest is a naturally grown forest situated in Marayoor, Kerala. It is the only place in Kerala that has a natural sandalwood forest and also one of the popular places of sightseeing in Marayoor.
The Sandalwood Forest in Marayoor is a pristine naturally grown forest and is visited by a large number of tourists. Though Kerala has fewer acres of sandalwood forests than Tamilnadu and Karnataka, it possesses the best types of sandalwood trees owing to a reduced rainfall, which favors its abundant growth. There are around 65,000 trees in the Sandalwood Forest of Marayoor and these are said to be of high quality. The forest department has rightly put a high fence and tagged sandalwood trees to prevent illegal activities.

Tourists can visit and gain more knowledge about Sandalwood trees at 'Sandalwood Regeneration Experimental Plot,' which is run by the State Forest Department. Also, one can see the processing of sandalwood .....

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#5 of 9 Places to Visit in Marayoor

At a distance of 12 km from Marayur Bus Stand and 55 km from Munnar, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected reserve situated in the Marayoor and Kanthalloor panchayats of Devikulam Taluk in the Idukki district of Kerala, India. It is one of 12 wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala, and among the top places to visit as part of Marayoor tour.

Located on the eastern ranges of the Western Ghats, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary spreads across 90 sq. km and is canopied by lush, evergreen, and thorny scrubs. It is richly populated with a wide array of indigenous flora and fauna which makes it one of the Marayoor sightseeing places. The sanctuary is the only rehabilitation center for Indian star tortoise in India. Along with the Western Ghats and the Anamalai sub-cluster, the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is under consideration .....

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#6 of 9 Places to Visit in Marayoor

At a distance of 8 km from Marayoor, and 45 km from Munnar, Thoovanam waterfall is a stunning waterfall located inside Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary in Marayoor. It is one of the popular Kerala Waterfalls, and among the must-visit Marayoor tourist attractions.

Situated on Munnar - Udamalpet Road, Thoovanam waterfall is formed by the Pambar River. It is one of the most prominent waterfalls near Kochi, and among the popular trekking routes in Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary. This cascading fall is a wonderful place to enjoy nature, dip & swim in the crystal clear water of the Pambar River. Since it is located inside the Cinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, the trek to the falls also provides a great opportunity for animal sighting during your Marayoor trip.

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#7 of 9 Places to Visit in Marayoor

At a distance of 15 km from Marayoor Bus Station and 26 km from Munnar, Lakkam Waterfalls is a mesmerizing waterfall situated at Gundumalai village near Marayoor. Located between Marayoor & Munnar, it is one of the beautiful waterfalls in Munnar and among the must-visit places in Marayur.

The beautiful Lakkam Waterfall is set amidst dense flora and rolling hills, which add to its bewitching beauty. It is formed by Eravikulam Stream which is originated in the Eravikulam National Park and is a tributary to the Pambar River. The fall cascades down from a height of about 50 feet into a small pool at the bottom which offers travelers an opportunity to enjoy its cold mineral-rich waters. The spectacle of the gushing waters crashing against the rocky terrain is a feast to the sore eyes.

It is the perfect spot for those who love to photograph and explore the natural beauty. The waterfall is equally popular for trekkers as they get immense opportunities to explore the dense jungle & .....

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#8 of 9 Places to Visit in Marayoor

At a distance of 85 km from Ooty, 189 km from Kochi, 207 km from Mysore, 209 km from Madurai, 383 km from Bangalore, and 491 km from Chennai, Coimbatore (also known as Kovai) is the second-largest city in the state of Tamil Nadu. Coimbatore is also the administrative headquarters of Coimbatore district and among the top Tamilnadu tourist places.

Situated on the banks of the Noyyal River, Coimbatore is known as Manchester of southern India due to a large number of textile industries located in the city. Coimbatore is also famous for its engineering firms, automobile parts manufacturers & educational institutions. It can be visited along with Ooty packages.

Coimbatore was ruled by several dynasties including Gangas, Cholas, Delhi Sultanates, Vijayanagara Kings & Madurai Nayaks when it was a small town of less than 3000 residents. It was the capital city of Kongu Nadu and ruled by the .....

Distance (From Marayoor): 116 Kms
Trip Duration (From Marayoor - Including Travel): Full Day

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Hill Station

#9 of 9 Places to Visit in Marayoor

At a distance of 120 km from Kochi, 284 km from Trivandrum, 142 km from Coimbatore, 134 km from Kottayam, 153 km from Thrissur, 100 km from Athirapally Falls, and 150 km from Madurai, Munnar is a fascinating hill resort located in Idukki district of Kerala. It is one of the best hill stations in India, and among the must include places in Kerala tour packages.

Munnar town is situated at an altitude ranging from 5000 to 8000 feet on the Kannan Devan Hills in Devikulam taluk and is the largest town in the Idukki district covering an area of nearly 557 sq. km. It is also called the Swiss of South India. This is also one of the famous places to visit near Kochi, Coimbatore & Madurai cities. Mattupetty Dam, Pothamedu Viewpoint and Tea Museum are among the must include places in your Munnar tour packages.

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Distance (From Marayoor): 41 Kms
Trip Duration (From Marayoor - Including Travel): Full Day

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