Marayoor: As the rain is lashing down in handful drops on the mountains above, Marayur is receiving her feathertouch rain, softly enveloping in a pall of mist. The tourist traffic to the hills have increased with more number of people flocking in to watch the pristine sheet of drizzle delicately splashing on the earth in this beautiful getaway.
The major attraction is the fifteen or so waterfalls that emerge from their sleep once the rains come calling. Chattamunnar, Pambhanmala, Mangalampara, Karimutti and Thoovanam are just some of them. The best part is that many of them are safe enough to bath even in the seasons of wild incessant rains.
For the trekfreaks the journey to Thoovanam begins from Alampetti on the Chinnar Road, eight kilometers from Marayur. Through the journey to Chinar one may also spot the Indian Guar, tigers, peacocks, leopards and varieties of deer.
The dolmens at Anakottappara, Kanthallur paddy fields of magi, Thenpara, Bhramaram site and Mannavanchola and the vegetable gardens at Perumala, Grihanathapuram, Puthur and Keezhanthur situated at around 18 kilometers from Marayur are also major attractions.
Kanthallur is the only spot in Kerala yielding apples. The season's harvest is nearing with the fruits nearing their ripening stage by August September. Blackberries are also a specialty and this place holds the pride of being the only spot which grows this fruit in India along with others like plums, passion fruit, strawberries and peeches.
The pambar, the jaggery factories, the Marayur Sandalwood forests and the sugarcane fields are must visits. To stay there are umpteen number of homestays and resorts of varying ranges.
Marayur is 40 kilometers from Munnar and 47 from Udumalai.