Friday, February 16, 2018

Marunthuvazh Malai, Kanyakumari

Marunthuvazh Malai, Kanyakumari
Marunthuvazh Malai, also known as the Marunthu Vazhum Malai ("the abode of medicinal herbs"), forms the part and the southernmost tip of the Western Ghats. It is located near Kanyakumari Town in Kanyakumari District of Tamilnadu. It stretches for more than a km, reaching a height of 800 feet at the highest point. Nestled in the magnificent Travancore Hills, a mile north of Cape Comorin, it makes for a beautiful locale with checkered paddy fields carpeting the plains and the foothills of the Western Ghats silhouetting the sky.










Maruthuva Malai is one of the major peaks in Hindu mythology. Narayana Guru, a renowned social reformer, is supposed to have meditated in a cave in Maruthuva Malai. This rocky mountain abounds in medicinal plants and is a significant resource for Ayurvedic therapeutic herbs. It is still occupied with several Monks and Sanyasis, living permanently in Caves. Maruthuva Malai is a great place for trekking and hiking thanks to the beautiful surroundings.











Legends
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History
The biography of Lord Sri Pada Sri Vallabha was known as Sri Pada Sri Vallabha Charithamrutham, written in Sanskrit, during the thirteen centaury contains the facts regarding this Marunthu Vazh Malai. It is mentioned in this Holy book that several Siddhas and other holy saints lived in this mountain. It is considered as one of the Ayyavazhi holy sites and according to Ayyavazhi Mythology, this sacred hill has been called as Parvatha Ucchi Malai. Based on references from Arul Nool and Akilam, Marunthuvazh Malai can be concluded as one among the Pathis.
The Hills
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Activities
Maruthuva Malai is a great place for trekking and hiking thanks to the beautiful surroundings. Ideally, visit the temple at sunrise or sunset to drink in the breathtaking view of the sun’s rays washing over the valley below. The spectacular sights from the mountain include the estuary of the Manakkudy Lake, temple gopurams, emerald paddy fields and the coastal area from Leepuram to Muttom.
Connectivity
Marunthuvazh Malai is located at about 4 Kms from Kottaram, 8 Kms from Vattakkottai, 6 Kms from Suchindram, 6 Kms from Marungoor, 9 Kms from Theroor, 10 Kms from Kanyakumari, 9 Kms from Kanyakumari Bus Stand, 9 Kms from Kanyakumari Railway Station, 4 Kms from Swamithoppu Bus Stop, 3.5 Kms from Swamithope, 14 Kms from Nagercoil and 86 Kms from Thiruvananthapuram. Nearest Railway Station is located at Kanyakumari and Nearest Airport is located at Thiruvananthapuram.

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