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Marayur, the Sandalwood and the Stone Age Civilization at Marayur or Marayoor is famous for its natural sandalwood. It is situated in the state of Kerala, India.
The ancient unique Dolmens and rock paintings found here indicates that civilization of Marayur dates back to 10000 B.C. . It is also proof for the petroglyph skills which existed in the Stone Age Civilization days.
The Dolmens which belong to the Iron age, caves, rock edicts, engravings tells the history and the rich heritage of Marayoor. Rock paintings at Attala, in the western Marayor, has more than 90 paintings in rock, most of which are abstract designs, except for a few paintings which depicts humans and animals. There is a rock painting of a man and a deer in the nearby Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary. A new rock painting was recently discovered near to this painting.
Marayur has around 100 species of flowering plants, including medicinal plants. Sandalwood is a highly aromatic wood, used for scents and perfumes and for herbal medicine. Processing of Sandalwood and the Sandalwood oil is the major local industry. Sandalwood oil, otherwise called Liquid Gold for its high price, is extracted from the roots and the wood of the Sandalwood tree.
How Do I Go to Marayur?
Marayur Town is in Idukki district , Kerala and well connected by roads to other parts of Kerala and the country. Marayur is at 42 kilometers north of Munnar Hills, on the Aluva – Munnar- Udumalpet road, i.e. on the Kerala State Highway 17. Anamalai, the highest peak in southern India, is close to Marayur.
Cochin International airport at 145 kilometers distance and Madurai Airport at 169 kilometers distance are the nearest airports to Marayur.