Marayoor is a place in the Idukki district of Kerala,42Kms north of Munnar on Munnar-Udumbalpetta road. Aside from its natural sandal forests and immnunerable locations of scenic beauty, Marayoor is best known for its extensive sugarcane cultivation, the major crop of Marayoor and Kanthalloor. Here, more than 2500 acres of land is under sugarcane cultivation.
A product of such cultivation is the world famous delicacy called Marayoor Jaggery. Jaggery is the term for dark brown sugar balls made of condensed sugar cane juice. In sugar cane farms, manufacturing units are set up and the Jaggery is manufactured by the farmers, who mostly belong to the Muthuva tribe.
The peculiar geographical location of Marayoor, which nestles amid the forests of the Western Ghats gives the sugar cane a distinct geographical identity. Added to this, the age old specialized skill of the local people in making the jiggery in the farm itself, make it a unique product. It is therefore in great demand in house holds across the country for the preparation of sweet dishes.
Marayoor Forest Development Agencies (FDA) has taken up the ambitious task of marketing marayoor jiggery which is manufactured by marginal cultivators in the forest villages of Marayoor and Kanthalloor who are member of Vana Samrakshana samithies (VSS) for ensuring fair prices and a better livelihood for the community.