" Marayoor in Tamil means the “hidden land”. The name justifies it geographically as it is like a platter surrounded by mountains and grasslands. Hence the whole area appears like trough with tall mountains on all sides. Due to the presence of vast areas of shola forest on the hills, the whole area is blessed with perennial streams. Marayoor is a unique place where natural beauty meets adventure. With enchanting beauty, magnificant history, mesmerizing art and the captivating wildlife - Marayoor offers diversity in every aspect of its land and culture. This area is regarded as synonymous with sandalwood and it is the last haven for grown up sandal trees existing in India. Marayoor is known internationally for its ancient rock paintings and cultural sites. This area is also famous for its unique products like jaggary, lemon grass oil, fruits etc. It has an array of attractions like diversity of vegetation, diversity of agricultural crops, beauty of landscape, ancient rock paintings, tribal hamlets, dolmens, geographical appearance (i.e. platter like land surrounded by mountain and rolling grasslands) and abundance of wildlife, due to proximity to PAs - National Parks - Eravikulam National Park & Anamudi National Park and Sanctuaries - Kurinjimala, Chinnar and Annamalai Tiger Reserve."