Muniyara or dolmen
Marayoor: The panchayat administration and police personnel have initiated measures to conserve dolmens (muniyaras) on Murukan hill stretch here in Idukkki.
In this regard, the collective will take inputs from tourists, peoples’ representatives and panchayat officials.
The stretch has more than 50 dolmens. The region being a popular tourist spot, the dolmens were fenced long time ago. However, now these fences have been damaged and many tourists trespass the dolmens due to lack of supervision.
The archaeology department had assigned two watchers. However, their service is not available on the stretch for over months. This in turn led to the destruction of dolmens.
Similarly, according to police, many drivers take a risky terrain to reach the stretch and that cannot be entertained.
The objective of the collective is to restrict entry of tourists to dolmens but at the same time facilitate them to view the dolmens.
The plan is to provide vehicle parking on the base of the hill. Apart from this a tribal museum will be set up here. The construction works are ongoing.