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: Sandalwood oil, otherwise called the "liquid
gold" is a popular perfume of the land over the years. Extracted
from the roots and wood of sandalwood (Santalum album), the oil
is a costly item marketed at a few choosy outlets all over the state.
Compared to the neighbouring states like Tamilnadu
and Karnataka (especially the forests of Mysore), Kerala has less
acres of sandalwood forests. We have it at Marayoor near Devikulam
- a popular hillstation 149 km from Kottayam town - and a few forest
areas in Wayanad hills.
Sandalwood oil marayoor
Marayoor is the only place in Kerala with natural
sandalwood forests. The sandalwood factory run by the Forest Department
is of tourist interest. Less rainfall is suitable for the growth
of best sandalwood trees from which good quality oil can be extracted.
An inevitable cosmetic of the elite, the sandal
oil from the Karnataka Government gained a good market in Kerala
over the years. Most of the government handicrafts emporium in Kerala
have this item for sale. One such is the SMSM Institute, Thiruvananthapuram,
where you can buy 50 ml oil for Rs.1243/-. Sandalwood oil produced
by a few private agencies are also sold here, after testing its
quality by the government's research cell.