Marayur is a town in Idukki district of Kerala, India. It is located 42 kilometers north of Munnar on SH 17 connecting Munnar with Udumalpet, Tamil Nadu. Marayur is the only place in Kerala that has natural sandalwood forests. A reduced rainfall is most suited for the sandalwood factory run by Marayur-Kerala-India the Forest Department is of tourist interest. Although compared to the neighboring states like Tamilnadu and Karnataka, Kerala has fewer acres of sandalwood forests, the same being confined to Marayur and a few forest areas in Wayanad hills, the state possesses the best types of sandalwood trees owing to a reduced rainfall which favorites abundant growth. The place is especially an excellent trekking spot for adventure seekers. The children’s park spread across a hectare of land under the canopy of a single Banyan tree is of great interest to tourists. Thoovanam Waterfall and Rajiv Gandhi National Park are also nearby.
Marayur claims to be a part of a Stone Age civilization that is as old as 10,000 B.C. It is also home to a later period of large-scale dolmen-building. People migrated from Tamil Nadu to this area when the Madurai king Thirumalainaicker was defeated by Tippu Sultan, in the eighteenth century CE. The migrants created five villages, being Kanthalloor, Keezhanthur, Karayur, Marayur and Kottakudi. These villages were called the “Anju nadu”, literally meaning “five lands”.
The road from Rajamala to Marayoor is flanked by lush green tea estates
Mountain Trail Resort is built with a unique ethnic design that blends beautifully with the scenic surrounding of Munnar. The resort is nestled against the milieu of Western Ghats, offers a magnificent view of Sahya Mountain Ranges and the meritorious view of the misty valleys. It offers a memorable stay with unmatched hospitality. It is an ideal place for honeymoon couples because of its excellent location.