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The first thing the place Marayoor brings to the mind of a traveler is its air redolent with the smell of sandalwood and the relish of jaggery – Marayoor sharkara – uniquely made from the sugarcane farms of the place.

Add to that the scattered presence of muniyaras, or dolmens where prehistoric men are believed to be buried, as part of some ritual we could not decipher. A forest that teems with wildlife, glistening streams that often leap out of mountain tops, as gorgeous cascades are all features unique to Marayoor.

A small taluk, about 40m from Munnar town on the Udumalpettu road, the rain shadow village of Marayoor near Tamil Nadu has the largest grove of sandalwood trees. Fenced by the forest department to protect it from smugglers, the vast tracts of land earmarked for growing the precious trees is a sight to behold even from the road that hugs along the place.


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