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1For its vast lake front in Thenmala
For its vast lake front in Thenmala

HolidayIQ Reviewer Sanu Varghese shares, “Great views in less money Thenmala is located in Kollam district of Kerala. It is near to boundary areas of Kerala to Tamil Nadu. The site consists of hills and forest areas. The Kallada River flows there and there is a huge Thenmala Dam, worth seeing is present on the river. I had enjoyed the cool climate, a lot of monkeys, and the simplicity of the place. The place is eco-friendly. I walked through the dam areas, a camera is allowed and it is very cheap in price, only 5 Rs per person.” 

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2Come see India's first planned Eco-tourism destination
Come see India's first planned Eco-tourism destination

HolidayIQ Reviewer Thulaseedharan Achary adds, “The boat ride safari park dancing water fountain etc are the main attractions. The dancing water fountain in a mind capturing item

HolidayIQ Reviewer Sanu Varghese shares, “The water is so pure and cold and it is India's first planned Eco-tourism destination.

HolidayIQ Reviewer Siva Kuppo shares, “I have no words to say it's simply awesome and mind-blowing. The water dances as per the music played.

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3For the spectacular views of the Thenmala dam
For the spectacular views of the Thenmala dam

HolidayIQ Reviewer Mamadathu John shares, “Thenmala Dam is situated on the way to Palaruvi we have to walk a little to reach there. There is an entrance where we have to take a ticket of 10 Rs for one person and 5 Rs for vehicle parking. The view from the top of the dam is amazing but photography is not allowed here.

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4For the close sojourn with nature
For the close sojourn with nature

HolidayIQ Reviewer Sanu Varghese shares, “The waterfalls with purity of milk, Palaruvi Waterfalls is located at Aryankavu about 15kms from Thenmala. It is a border area near Tamil Nadu. Palaruvi is famous for its water that looks like milk. The water is very pure and cold.”

HolidayIQ Reviewer Sanu Varghese says, “The site consists of hills and forest areas. The Kallada River flows here you can find the Thenmala Dam as well. We had a very good time there amidst a lot of monkeys and the simplicity of the place. The place is eco-friendly.”

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5For it's majestic dam
For it's majestic dam

HolidayIQ Reviewer Thulaseedharan Achary adds, “The dam & its area is a must visiting spot for tourists & especially for kids. The boat ride safari park dancing water fountain etc are the main attractions. The dancing water fountain is a mind capturing item. So many adventurous programmes are there in the safari park.”  

HolidayIQ Reviewer Sanu Varghese shares, “Thenmala is located in Kollam district in Kerala. It is near to boundary areas of Kerala to Tamil Nadu. The Kallada River is flowing there and there is a huge Thenmala Dam, worth seeing is present on the river. I had enjoyed the great cool climate, a lot of Monkeys, and the simplicity of the place. The place is eco-friendly.” 

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Reviews (9)

Nettikadan Biju

Nettikadan Biju5.0/5

15 reviews

Great place for a week end

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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  • Great place for a week end
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  • Great place for a week end
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Arun raj Pillai

Arun raj Pillai5.0/5

11 reviews

Thenmala - a cool place for nature lovers

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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Thenmala Overview

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 ThenmalaThenmala 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 ThenmalaThe 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 ThenmalaTents 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.

Photos of Thenmala

Palaruvi Waterfall, Thenmala

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Febin P abraham

Palaruvi Waterfall, Thenmala
Thenmala dam, Thenmala

Photo by

Mamadathu John

View of dam from top
Palaruvi Waterfall, Thenmala

Photo by

Febin P abraham

Palaruvi Waterfall, Thenmala
Thenmala dam, Thenmala

Photo by

Joji Joseph

Reservoir by the side of the Road

There is so much to see in Thenmala.

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