The places around Marayoor
from the norther part of Idukki are
Chinnar (60 km from Munnar)
Kanthalloor (12 kms from Marayur)
Rajamala ( 15 kms from Munnar)
Munnar ( 40 kms from Marayur)
LAND OF APPLE CULTIVATION
veritable land of fruits and vegetables, Kanthalloor sports
farms full of ripe apples, plums, pomegranates etc. not commonly
seen in Kerala.There is no need for any one to go to Ootty
or Kashmir to see the cultivation of apples.
At 5000 ft above sea
level, Kanthalloor offers congenial atmosphere for the cultivation
of apples. Although its skin is a bit thick, the Kanthalloor
apples are rather sweet. The cultivation is done with minimum
use of chemical fertilizers.
Guava, gooseberry, orange, eggfruits, peach, passion fruit
etc are grown a plenty here.
Non-Kerala vegetables like cauliflower, cabbage, carrot, beans,
potato, beetroot, garlic etc are also cultivated here. The
produce is taken to wholesale centers in Tamil Nadu from where
they are distributed to different markets in Kerala.
is a part of the Eravikulam National Park. This area has a
healthy population of the great Indian Nilgiri Tahr.
an altitude of 6000 ft, Munnar is the only hill station
in south India that lies snuggled in the high ranges of
Western Ghats at the confluence of three mountain streams
- Mudrapuzha, Nallathani and Kundala. The spectacular
vista of cloud kissed rolling hills carpeted with tea
plantations, rivulets dancing through green meadows and
the colonial British settlements of the town make this
place an ideal get away from the rigorous strain of daily
referred it as one of the very best destinations in India.
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Wildlife Sanctuary is a well-known reserve that extends
over an area of 90 sq km. Recognized as a wildlife sanctuary
in 1984, it lies in the rain shadow region of the Western
Ghats. As a result, Chinnar gets only about 48 rainy days
in a year during the months of October and November when
Northeast monsoons are at work.
is located 60 km from Munnar in the direction of Udumalpetta.
From Marayur jeeps, scooter rickshaws or buses can be boarded
for the sanctuary visit. Once past Marayur, the organised
neat looking plantations give way to more wild and natural
Trek through the forests to spot wildlife.
at Chinnar includes elephants, gaurs, spotted deer, sambar
deer, leopards, langurs, peacocks, and many other species
of animals and birds. Tigers are also present in these forests
but are rarely seen. The most spectacular of all the animals
here is the Giant Grizzled Squirrel which is on the verge
of extinction in most parts of India.