The primitive structures of Muniyara Dolmens dating back to the Neolithic Age are built with large stone slabs and are called ‘megaliths’. You can explore them on your Munnar tour and get a peek into the history. If you are keen to know about prehistoric strictures, then Muniyara Dolmens will keep you fascinated.
Many historians are keen to know what is in these granite slabs as they are more than thousands of years old. Not only historians but anthropologists and archaeologists around the world visit this fascinating location to find out the remnants of Dolmenoid cists that once belong to the Megalithic age.
If you are curious as well, visit Muniyara Dolmens in Kerala. Trek through the forest area to reach these structures that were built between 3000 BC and 14000 BC. To your surprise, some of the dolmens even belong to the Iron Age, which is proven by the smoothed rocky stone slabs that can only be done using iron tools.
The burial chambers have large stone slabs that cover the top and is called ‘cap stone’. Many sharp-edged stones were also used to hide the burial from all sides. Some archaeological studies reveal that the ancient stone structures were constructed over the burial site of more than one person have chambers. And thus, they vary in length and size. Research also tells that the dolmens that are large must have been used for the high-status people.
Apart from these, you can witness the awe-inspiring beauty, natural sandalwood forests, and pre-historic paintings. Muniyara is a great place to visit in Munnar that offers great views of Western Ghats. The refreshing atmosphere made in the glory of tea plantations and lush green valleys is perfect to spend time in peace.
Interesting Facts about Muniyara Dolmens
- These burial structures are made out of three vertical stones and a fourth one forming a shade on top of them horizontally.
- Muniyara Dolmens were constructed during the Neolithic Age.
- This place truly showcases that the tribes that used to live here before or during the Neolithic Age use to revere the dead.
Visiting Hours: 10 am to 5 pm
Things to do at Muniyara Dolmens:
- Take photos of Muniyara Dolmens and the beautiful surroundings,
- Learn about the strange tale that this location is associated with.
Best time to visit: Winter months
Distance from Cochin International Airport: 96 km (approx.)
Distance from Cochin Harbour Terminus: 128 km (approx.)
Here are some of the places to visit near Muniyara Dolmens –
- Eravikulam National Park
- Fun Forest
- Munnar Tea Museum
- Blossom Hydel Park
- Attukad Falls
- Kundala Dam Lake
- S.I. Christ Church
- Mattupetty Dam
Things to know before visiting Muniyara Dolmens:
- Carry sunglasses, an umbrella, and a hat or a cap to avoid the scorching sun.
- Wear sunscreen to avoid getting sunburn.
- It is advised to hire a local tour guide to help you in case you plan to trek through the forest area.