Marayoor / Marayur
Situated 40 km from Munnar, the rain shadow Marayoor village has earned its fame because of the natural growth of sandalwood trees, natural caves with murals and relics from later stone age civilization. Marayur is the only place where natural sandal wood forests are found. One kilogram of first quality Marayoor sandal cost INR 1100. Sandalwood oil is used in the manufacture of perfumes, soaps, etc. There is also a sandalwood factory managed by the forest department as well as a children's park spread over an area of one hectare. The park is shaded by a single banyan tree. The rare neelakurunji flowers that blooms once in every 12 years is native to this place.