Marayur or Marayoor is located in Idukki district of Kerala. It lies at the foot hills of western ghats. It is one and the only place in Kerala where you can find natural sandalwood forests. You can find a lot of ancient dolmens and rock paintings in Marayur that are dating back to the primitive Stone Age.
Marayur has over a 1000 species of flowering plants and more than 225 species of birds. It is one of the areas of South India that is rich in avian diversity.Many tribal groups could be found here . Among them the two major tribal groups are Muthuvans and Hill Pulayas. Most of the tribal population in Marayur preserves their unique customs and traditions even today.
In Marayur is a place with lot of remains of historic era. Muniyaras or Megalithic Dolmens found here are believed to be of the Iron Age. The dolmenoids were basically burial chambers made of four corner stones placed on edge and covered by another stone called the cap stone. Dozens of Dolmens around the area of Thenkasinathan Temple at Kovilkadavu on the banks of the River Pambar.Ancient rock paintings are found in many places in Marayur including the ones on the south-western slope of the plateau overlooking the river.
There are many of places of interest in and around Marayur. Thoovanam water falls located on the Chinnar River, with its amazing silvery cascade is one of the major tourist attraction. The Pambar River a beautiful river to watch. The Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is located at a distance of 18 km from Marayur. The Chinnar Watchtower lets you observe animals like deer, monkeys, langurs, elephants. The largest shola forest patch in Kerala,called the Mannavan Shola is located near Marayur.