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 in this forest and take a stroll in the jungle, but one needs to get permission for that from the forest department. Pure sandalwood oil and artifacts are the major point of interest for tourists who visit this place. Besides, this is also the best place for trekking and for adventure seekers, who can catch a glimpse of the natural sights here while exploring the jungle. The lush green tea plantation and rain shadow trees make the atmosphere of Marayoor cool and refreshing.
Timings: 9 AM - 4 PM