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 solid molasses 'Marayoor sarkara’ produced here. When this jaggery undergoes a laboratory analysis it was found that the jaggery is one of the best having 97 % sugar in it. Marayoor falls in the rain shadow region and the quality of the molasses is attributed to the specialty in temperature and the ph value of the earth. In Marayoour and Kanthalloor you can see the beautiful sugar cane farms. 
sarkkara production cottage
making of sarkkara

         Another specialityof this Sarkara is that it is made in the farm itself in a traditional manner. means sarkkara production is a cottage industry here. First the sugar cane juice is boiled in a special type of huge vessel and then condenses to jaggery balls.You can make various types of delicious dishes using this jaggery. One of the best dishes using this ‘Sarkara’ is ‘Marayoor Sarkara Payasam’ some of the famous temples are using this jaggery
       Don’t forget to taste it travellers, if you have planned a visit to Marayoor. And also, if you are lucky enough to reach Marayoor in the sugarcane harvest season, you can watch how the sarkara balls are made. If you want to take home some sweet balls, Tourists can purchase this product at a premium price around RS. 70 / KG from the farm or local outlets there.     
  In earlier days sugarcane was cultivated in 2500 acres of land. But at present this has shrunk to 1400 acre. Many of the farmers have left sugarcane cultivation due to increasing production coast and fall of prize. For an acre of land to be cultivated, Rs.30,000 should be spent. But the total yearning from the land will be less than Rs.25,000. There are three reasons for the decrease of production. The scarcity of water, unscientific use of fertilizers and the white-fly disease. The whitefly affects the leaves of sugar cane and sucks out the juice. Thus the production decreases.
sugarcane farm

       Kanthaloor is a village it is lying in the eastern side of the Western Ghats near to Marayur, kerala And it is famous for its wide variety of crops which is not seen on the other parts of kerala, which includes varieties of tropical crops. Situated at a height of 5000 ft above sea level, it provides the cool climate for the natural farming of fruits like Apple, Orange, Strawberry, Blackberry, Plums, Gooseberry, Egg fruits, peach, Sugarcane, passion fruits. etc.Vegetables and spices like cauliflower, cabbage, carrot, beans, potato, and garlic grow here a plenty. It is also known for terrace farming. Hill sides are carved out into a series of wide steps, enough to cultivate crop.
kanthallor town
passion fruits
 It is a virtually a rain shadow village. A paradise for photographers and nature lovers, Kanthalloor and its surrounding environs are especially spectacular just after the rains. One can enjoy the beauty of dense fog in early morning and evening, sublime mist and clouds during this season
With its sprawling tea estates, rolling hills, waterfalls, picture - postcard hamlets, Kanthalloor has the makings of an idyllic holiday destination. Nestled in the eastern side of the charming Western Ghats, in Idukki district of Kerala State, it is 180 kms from Ernakulam, 60 kms from Udumalpettai, 14 km from Marayoor and 57 kms from Munnar. It is on the border of Kerala and Tamilnadu placed between Udamalpet and Munnar.

           Unlike Munnar, Kanthaloor is untouched by commercial tourism and still not explored by many travelers. Due to this reason, visitors can enjoy its real natural beauty.

          The salubrious climate and the picturesque landscapes and wide variety of tropical crops coupled with the close proximity of Munnar, has transformed this village into a tourist destination. The Anaimudi Sholai National Park(Formerly known as the Mannavan Chola) is the evergreen forest surrounding Kanthalloor. The major places of attraction includes Pattisseri Dam, Kulachivayal rocks, Keezhanthoor waterfalls Muiyaras, View point, Watch towers, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Anaimudi Sholai National park , and the cave temple of Sri Rama are the main places of attraction. The cave temple of Lord Rama is also a historical landmark.

       Eventhough, Kanthallor is best any time of the year but August to March and will be the best. Those who want to see the nearly ripe oranges, passion fruits, gauva visit between the months of October and December and to see the apples visit the month of August.
GETTING THERE:         Only road transportation available. Nearest highway is NH-49 which passes through Munnar and can be accessed from Kanthalloor-Marayoor-Munnar.
it is better to travel to Munnar from there. There are two routes from here. One is Maryoor route and other one is Top Station via Kanthalloor Route. The first one is the best because the road is good and the distance is 65 km. Travel may take more time as scenic spots are all along the route. One can seen the Sandal wood forest on this way. The second one 40 kms distance. The drive from here takes just about an hour or a bit more but the road is bad. Better to drive from Marayoor route.

Nearest Airport Kochi (139km), Madurai(142km) Coimbatore(167km), Kozhikode(287km),Thiruvananthapuram(302km). Daily IA flights to Nedumbassery Airport near Ernakulam from Mumbai,Bangalore, Delhi and Goa and four flights from Chennai. Jet has daily flights from Mumbai. 


Nearest Railway Stations Kochi (13km), Kottayam (147km), Madurai(162km), Thiruvananthapuram (302km). Trains that connect Kochi with important cities and tourist destinations in the country are Kerala Express, Trivandrum-Chennai Mail, Nizamuddin-Ernakulam Express, and the Trivandrum Rajdhani Express.

The place is well connected by a well developed network of road transport. Buses run by the KSRTC start from the Central Bus Stand in Ernakulam. One can access Munnar by road from Kottayam (147 km), Thekkady (110 km), Madurai (160 km) and Thrissur (158 km).
And there is a private bus from munnar at 01.00 pm starting from aluva and it will reach kanthallor at 03.45 pm.

      At Kanthalloor, one can get an opportunity to live in cottages which are built near orange and apple farms and most of these cottages are big enough for families. They have full facilities like hot water, TV, Phone etc. One will get a chance to either cook your own food or there will be staff available to cook food of your preference.

      Athirapilly is the land of rivers and forests!The destination houses the largest waterfall in Kerala, the Athirapilly waterfall,one of the major tourist attraction. This patch in Sholayar ranges so beautifully intertwined with lush green forest cover and sizzling silver cascades and located central to Cochin and River Nila,is a treat for the eyes during the monsoon.Chalakkudy river, Charpa, Vazhachal and Athirapally are ideal places where the monsoon is to be enjoyed.

          Athirappilly Waterfalls is located at the entrance of Sholayar ranges, the major host town is Chalakudy, this waterfall is one of the major picnic spots of Kerala. Affording to the onlookers, one of the most bewitching sights, Athirappally water Falls is 80 feet high and located exactly in the forest area. Combined with the natural greenery, it infuses freshness into any tired soul. The Athirapally Falls joins the Chalakudy River after plummeting a drop of 80 feet.
              The charm of the Athirampally and Vazhachal nature cannot be described by words, Starting calmly from the high ranges, and crashing through gorges overhung with trees, these waterfall is one of the best places in India to re-capture a real sense of the classical idea of the 'Picturesque' - not just calm and sweet, but something wild and natural.

             Athirapilly Tourism consists of Kauthukapak & Hollyland immitaions in Chalakudy, Dreamworld water park, Silverstorm water park, Thumboormuzhy Dam & Riverview Garden, Athirapally water falls, Charpa falls, Vazhachal falls, Poringalkuth Hydel Tourism and Wild life Boating, Trekking in Sholayar ranes, Bamboo Rafting, Tribel visit, Chalakudy Nightlife etc.
Proper precautions are taken on site to prevent mishaps while swimming and a police camp is always positioned there. Athirappilly is situated on SH-21 highway connecting Tamil Nadu and Kerala.


By rail:
Thrissur (Major station) about 63 km & Chalakkudy, about 35 km.
By air:
Cochin International Airport, about 58 km from Thrissur, is the nearest airport.
Lavasa is striking tourist destination which is situated in the western mountain ranges. This city is well planned which lies in the Pune district of Maharashtra state. You can pleasure your holidays while visiting this city as you can explore beautiful landscapes and serene environment.

Lavasa india's newest hill station and a private planned city being built near Pune maharashtra india. It is stylistically based on the Italian town Portofino, with a street and several buildings bearing the name of that town. Billed as India's newest hill station since Independence.
Taxi's are available from chandni chowk every half an hour.

To know more about lavasa click here Lavasa

Athirapally Waterfalls is located at the entrance of Sholayar ranges,in Chalakudy,Kerala this waterfall is one of the major picnic spots of Kerala. Affording to the onlookers, one of the most bewitching sights, Athirapally water Falls is 80 feet high and located exactly in the forest area. Combined with the natural greenery.

       Vazhachal Falls is a rushing watercourse in the Chalakkudy River in the Thrissur district of Kerala, South India. It is located 36km from Chalakkudi and 5km from Athirappilly Falls. 

       Athirappilly Falls is situated in Athirappilly panchayath in Thrissur district of Kerala, on the southwest coast of India. Located on the west-flowing Chalakudy River near the Vazhachal Forest Division and the Sholayar ranges, this 80 ft waterfall is a popular tourist destination.

        Charpa Falls is one of the scenic locations in Thrissur. Situated close to the Athirappilly Falls (60 km from Thrissur), the waterfall is a part of River Chalakkudy. During monsoon months (June to August) it plunges on to the road.

        Thumboormuzhy River Garden & Dam Tourist Place in Thrissur - There is a construction of a weir at Thumboormuzhi across the Chalakudy river and diverting the water for Irrigation purpose. The stage I of the scheme comprising a weir at Thumboormuzhi across Chalakudy river and a part of the canal system was commissioned in 1957 
       Dream World, the state-of-the-art water theme park is situated close to the Athirappilly waterfalls and other nearby attractions of Vazhachal, Thumboormuzhy and Sholayar. The Rain Dance with snow effect was introduced for the first time in Kerala.
Tariff adult Rs. 600. children Rs. 500. ,Sr Citizen(Above 65 years) : Rs. 400.
Park timings 10.30 am to 6.00 pm.

        Silver Storm introducing a novelty of Amusement with the hearty touch of elegance. A place, encircled with the symphony of nature, blessed by the almighty, adorned with the western ghats.
Tariff Adult Rs. 490, child Rs. 390. Sr. Citizen Rs.290.
Park timings 10 am to 7.00 pm

       Holy Land, Chalakudy is a municipal town situated on the banks of Chalakudy River in Thrissur District of the Kerala State in India. It is the base camp for travellers to Athirappilly and Vazhachal Falls

Poringalkuthu Hydel Tourism has much in store for the visitors. One can enjoy a nice view of the Dam and the adjoining areas part from the other amenities facilitated there including Speed Boat and self driven Pedal Boats. 
The Boating facilities are provided from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.
       There is a Bungalow which was constructed during the time of starting the Hydro-electric project, before independence. We can expeience the view of the reservoir and the adjoining areas from there.
(20 kms from Athirapally)