According to legend, Maruthuva Malai is a fragment of the Sanjeevani Mountain, which was being carried by Hanuman from Mahendragiri to Lanka for healing the fatal wounds of Lakshmana.
Maruthuva Malai is the southernmost tip of the Western Ghats about 2 km from Swamithoppe and 11 km from Nagercoil. An abode of medicinal plants Maruthuva Malai stretches for more than a km, with a height of 800 feet.
Swamithope was considered the religio-cultural epi-center of Ayyavazhi a dharmic belief system that originated in South India. Ayyavazhi is cited as an independent monistic religion.
History of St.Xavier's Chathedral in Kottar 9 kms from Maruthuva Malai and 16 kms from Kanyakumari dates back to 16th century. St. Francis Xavier came to Kottar in 1543. He baptised more than 10,000 Paravars along the coast of Travancore.
Maruthua Malai is a sacred hill expecially for followers of Shri Narayana and sages like Agasthyar and Paramartha lingeshwar. On top of Maruthuva Malai there is a cave called Pillathadam where Narayana Guru used to meditate for many years at a time when the hill was a thick forest with leopards and poisonous snakes. According to him as told to the villagers "animals will not attack you if you have no fear or anger towards them or any inclination to hurt them."
Narayana Guru on Maruthuva Malai
Maruthuva Malai is filled with medicinal plants, caves housing swamis & butterflies and a hike up can be really energizing. Located 7 km from Kanyakumari Maruthuva Malai is also known as 'Marunthu Vazhum Malai', which translates to abode of medicinal herbs.