Thenmala Tourism

Thenmala Tourism

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Thenmala Info

  • State: Kerala
  • Famous for/as: Waterfront
  • District: Kollam
Thenmala, an ecotourism centre, is located in Kollam District in the state of Kerala at an altitude of 1,640 ft. Situated in the Kollam - Shencottai Road about 72 km from the state capital, Thiruvananthapuram, it is adjacent to the Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary and is a short distance away from the Courtallam Falls in Tamil Nadu. Often called as the hills that flow with honey, Thenmala is India’s first planned eco-tourism project which is spread over acres of evergreen forest.

Things to do in Thenmala

This unique eco-tourism habitat lies 500 m above sea level. It offers plenty of adventure and leisure activities with waterfalls, canopy walkway, mountain biking, rock climbing and river crossing, nature trails and picnic spots attracting naturalists, conservationists and adventure seekers.

The major attractions are the amphitheatre where local art forms and other cultural programs are performed. The Musical Dancing Fountain – a rhythmic ballet of water, sound and light makes for a beautiful sight. The Lotus Pond has various aquatic plants while the Shop Court is used by local women for selling forest produce and local handicrafts.

There is also a deer rehabilitation centre where spotted deer and sambar are the main inhabitants. The centre also has a children's eco-park with treetop huts and swings. The sculpture garden here depicts the relationship between Man and Nature.

The eco-trip to the 300 ft waterfall at Palaruvi is managed by the local community. Hanging Bridge, Punalur (22 km) is on the way to Thenmala from Kottarakkara. The waterfall in Manalar on the way to Achankovil is a natural beauty. The Kumbavurutty Falls has a nature interaction centre. It also has tree houses for children. Boating and bird watching are major activities at the Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary.

Travelling to Thenmala

Thenmala is located on NH-208, on the way from Thirumangalam to Kollam. By bus, Thenmala can be reached from Thiruvananthapuram. Buses are operated by the State Government and are available from the Central bus station every hour.

The nearest airport is at Thiruvananthapuram, over 70 km away, which has flight connections to the rest of the country. The nearest rail head is at Kollam, over 60 km away, which is well connected to different parts of the state. Taxis are available from the railway station to reach Thenmala. Transport arrangements can also be made through the hotel of stay.

Travel tips for Thenmala

The four zones of the Thenmala eco-tourism project have separate tickets which should be collected from the tourism facilitation centre. In addition, there are separate tickets for individual activities which need to be bought on the spot.

Accommodation options in Thenmala

Tents and dormitories are among the Thenmala popular hotels. Sleeping bags are provided for these types of accommodation. Apart from these there are jungle camps, an inspection bungalow at Ottakkal and motels run by the KTDC. While accommodation options can be booked separately, they can also be combined with other activities as part of Thenmala packages.

The best time to visit Thenmala is during the winter season, from December to February. The temperature during this time ranges from 16⁰ Celsius to 30⁰ Celsius. In the summer months (March – May), the temperature goes over 35⁰ Celsius at times during the day time. However, after sunset, there’s a fall in the barometric readings. The rainy season, from June to September, is best avoided as the region receives heavy rainfall.

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Thenmala Traveller Reviews

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Nettikadan Biju

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  • Nettikadan Biju
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  • Lives in Salem
  • 52 photos
  • 15 Reviews
  •  11 helpful votes
  •  9209 readers

"Great place for a week end"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 28, 2016
I was here the last Saturday that is on 25th of June 2016 it is great place we reached at 7:30am we were unable to find an accommodation as it was weekend we want straight to Palaruvi falls great experience the gates are open at 8am we took tickets fast and rushed to the spot to find gods creation just great you can take a dip as we entered the water it was as if I am sitting inside a freezer so chill the water was great place spend you time some day in the mala there are other beautiful places to see like the dam, hanging bridge, beautiful trekking, garden etc
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Saheen Ahzan

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  • Saheen Ahzan
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  • 7 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
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"Great place for vacation!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 31, 2016
Thenmala is well known for its eco-tourism. Well its the first eco-tourism project in India. Thenmala is a good family weekend destination and also a fine place for travel enthusiasts, as it provides various forest based adventure activities as a package at a much cheaper rate. There are so many activities you could do there. No regrets once visited.
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Arun raj Pillai

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  • Arun raj Pillai
  • Lives in Kollam
  • 38 photos
  • 10 Reviews
  •  7 helpful votes
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"Thenmala - a cool place for nature lovers"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 21, 2016
On Nov 2015, Me and my Family went for a Nature Loving Place called Thenmala, situated in Kollam District, Kerala State. A good place were you can find the Nature to be explored. The highlights are a nearly 1 KM walkway through the Forest. Other attractions are Deer Park and Butterfly Park. View Point and Dam are good to explore. Monday is a Holiday for the Park. Recently a rare species of a Spider named Tarantula was found at Thenmala. Normally these types of Spiders are found at North America. We can also explore some rare plants, were biology student can enrich themselves their learning. So if you wants to wander through Nature, then Thenmala is the apt place.
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Arjun Prasad

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  • Arjun Prasad
  • Lives in Kanhangad
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  • 10 Reviews
  •  14 helpful votes
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"Thenmala Eco Tourism, a best visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 4, 2015
Thenmala an ecotourism destination is an ideal location for vacation seekers. Lush green forest Park, Adventure Park, Children's Park, Butterfly Safari, Musical Dancing Fountain, Boating, Trekking, Hiking, Night Camping galore the attractions. Thenmala village located in the valley of Western Ghats amidst evergreen forests of Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary is 72kms from Thiruvananthapuram and 62 Kms from Kollam. Visit the Honey Hillsť. In local parlance 'Then' means honey and 'Mala' means hillock. The road travel to thenmala is itself rejuvenating. Thenmala Dam, Thenmala Leisure Zone and the Thenmala Adventure constitutes the Thenmala Eco Tourism. Palaruvi Waterfalls is just 5kms from the Thenmala Dam. The waterfalls offers a breathtaking view of the thenmala ecotourism destination.
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Subash Subash

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  • Subash Subash
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  •  35 helpful votes
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"Beautiful and adventurous place"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Jul 20, 2014
It is an awesome place to visit. The natural beauty makes the place more attractive. The main places to visit are Thenmala Dam, Adventure Zone and Echo Point. Also there are many adventurous things you can do here like boating and trekking.
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Selvakumar S

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  • Selvakumar S
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 2 Reviews
  •  38 helpful votes
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"Heavenly place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 6, 2013
Its a wonderful place for a vacation. With the waterfalls, nature and wildlife, u may feel a different world altogether

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Not much Big hotels to luk for. But the accommodating hotels may take care of it if u inform them in advance. Botanical garden, Zoo, Butterfly safari are some places that shud not be missed.

Activities & things to do: Seeing all the places and enjoying itself will drain out all ur time.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: You need to have proper permit for the vehicles since its crossing the border of the state. Even there are jeeps at the base of thenmala for which u can pay and hire for a day.
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Shaiju B

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  • Lives in Thiruvananthapuram
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"Thenmala Eco tourism - Adventure zone"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 20, 2011
On the way to Thenamala we can see lots of trees. On reaching Thenmala we can see mountains and trees on either side of the road. The road to Thenmala is great. Its a pleasure to drive on these kinds of roads, perfect for a tourist destination.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: We took ticket from facilitation center for the Adventure zone. We went to the Adventure zone. One guy was waiting for the tourist at the Adventure zone. He was checking the ticket and giving instructions to the tourists. He shown some photos and explained about the activities in the Adventure zone. Rock climbing, Mountain biking, boating are some of the activities explained. We were excited to hear all these things.

We entered the Adventure zone, there was a bridge which leads us to the heart of the forest. It is a great experience, walking inside the forest through the bridge. We can see lots of monkeys on the way.

Inside the forest we can see lots of boards giving some useful tips. We continued to walk through the forest, we saw the board for Rock Climbing, we were eager to see that, but to the surprise nothing was available there except for the board.

Those who love the nature will get excited to see the natural beauty of the forest.

Activities & things to do: Rock climbing, Mountain biking, boating - but nothing was available there except for the board

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: From Trivandrum
Trivandrum -> Kowdiar -> Peroorkada -> Vazhayila -> Azhikode -> Valicode -> Nedumangad -> Pazhakutty -> Anad -> Chullimanoor -> Nanniyode -> Palode -> Irimpupalam -> Madathara -> Kulathupuzha -> Thenmala

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