Saturday, January 2, 2016

                                    Muniyara/ Dolmens- Marayoor


 Muniyara/ Dolmens -are megalithic burial chambers situated in Marayoor, 40 km from Munnar. Belonging to the early Neolithic Age, most of these aboveground burial chambers are built with large stone slabs, called megaliths, laid on its edge vertically and covered with other smaller stones on the top
Strewn over the hilly terrain of Marayoor, some of these dolmens have more than one burial chamber indicating that the site was used for the burial of a family. The dolmens vary in length, the larger ones used for the burial of people belonging to high social status. In some cases, only burial urns were found, representing the burial of the remains of commoners.
A few of the burial chambers belong to the Iron Age too; here the stone slabs have been smoothed using tools.
A fascinating place for anthropologists and archaeologists, these burial chambers will also catch the attention of the lay man.
Easily accessible by road, Marayoor is also known for its natural sandalwood forests which are worth a visit.
The Muniyara Dolmens are yet to be declared as protected monuments; a lot of the stones are missing or are not in a good state of preservation.

                                                                Resort Kanthaloor

                                                  Fruit Garden -Kanthaloor

                            Marayoor Sarkkara (Marayoor Jaggery) 

                            Is one of the sweetest jaggereis in the world,Marayoor and the nearby 
                                    Kanthalloor  are famous for the special variety of jaggereis.

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is a unique protected area located / situated about 60 km away from Munnar in the rain shadow region in the eastern slope of Western Ghats,. 
The area is diverse in eco systems and rich in ethnic cultural heritage. It is a well known repository of medicinal plants and supports a healthy population of grizzled giant squirrel, star tortoise, tufted grey langur, gaur, spotted deer, slender loris, wild elephant,  tiger, leopard and many  birds, insects and plants. 

                                                 Thoovanam falls-Munnar

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