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Thenmala-first Eco-tourism center in India|Perfect place to explore nature|Waterfalls-Meter Guage|Suspension Bridge|Tree Top Stay

Thenmala, a well conserved forest area, is a small village in Kollam Distirct, located at the foothills of the Western Ghat Mountains. The name Thenmala is derived from two words- Then & Mala", in Malayalam. "Then" means honey and "Mala" means hillock i.e. honey hills. The honey collected from Thenmala forest area is very famous for their good quality and is of high medicinal value because of the unique composition of different flowers in the forests, according to the locals in that area, and is true.

Thenmala, situated just about 72 km away from Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala, the southern most state of Kerala, is the first proposed and planned Eco Tourism destination in India.

Thenmala is a perfect place for enjoying a calm, quite and greeny fresh nature. Also this place attracts foreigners and locals very well, with its own biodiversity and style. Also it is famous for film shooting. Boating on the lake, a rope bridge, trekking, mountaineering, biking and a musical fountain made Thenmala, a perfect place for holiday enjoyment.

Thenmala Eco-Tourism project is managed by Thenmala Eco-Tourism Promotional Society, an undertaking of the Government of Kerala. This Eco tourism project is mainly developed to give visitors a unique experience to know nature, its greatness, unique style, freshness and the happiness greatly.

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Thenmala, the meeting point of Kollam-Shencottah road and Trivandrum-Shencottah road, is situated just 66 kms east of Kollam. Large number of rubber and tea plantations made Thenmala, more beautiful, and timbers to all part of the country is transferred from here.

The historical Meter gauge railway line is situated near to Thenmala, but unfortunately it stopped it services, I think. Thus the nature lovers misses one of the most beautiful railway line Journey in the world.

Thenmala Dam:

Thenmala Dam is the main attraction at Thenmala.It is the second largest irrigation project in Kerala (India) and is the longest reservoir in Kerala.

The reservoir is open for boating, tickets can be purchased from Eco-Tourism centre. Being this reservoir is the longest one in kerala, it will be great experience, sailing through the shadows of Trees lined from the Wild Life sanctuary. If you people are very lucky, you can see animals like deer elephant and some others on the shores.

The Suspension bridge is another attraction. It is built in 1877, across the Kallada river and is the only one of its kind in south India is of 400 ft long.


The Falls is situated at a distance of 16 km from Thenmala, and drops to 300ft down. This will be mind blowing scenery, and looks like whitish fall, milky fall. That is why this falls is named as Pal-Aruvi. Palaruvi is around 4 km deep into the forest from the NH 208 and the area is really a dense forest.

Kulathupuzha the fresh water swamps and some Lord Ayyappa Temple attracts more and more visitors.

Thenmala Eco Tourism Center situated here, provides the tourist all the assistance and facilities to experience the beauty of Eco Tourism or nature at its best, around Thenmala. The region has been divided into Culture, Leisure, Adventure zones to explore every destination spot. Boating, Canopy Walkway, Musical Dancing fountain, Sculpture garden, etc are some of the sight seeing options.

TETC provides lots of packages to explore nature here, like Soft Trekking which explores the mystery and beauty of Swamp tree, which breaths through the roots. A water disco, with the help of help of lights and sounds is arranged at nights. 

Tourists can now avail the opportunity of staying in the wilderness enjoying the natural sound. TETC arranged Tree Top Housing facilities for the tourists. These cottages will be available for a rate of 3000 per night.

Other than the tree top house, tent type cottages are also available, that too inside the Jungle. Butterfly watching, Man Park, Aquarium etc are also available. Tree top walking facility, a bridge that connects the tree tops, are also available here.

For booking and assistance details: 0475-2344800, 0471-2329770 Thenmala Information Desk) +91-94447440802 ) 0475-2344800. 
Email: tpo@thenmalaecotourism.com, thenmalaecotourism@bsnl.inp (Thenmala Ecotourism Promotion Society) +91-471-2329770, E-mail: info@thenmalaecotourism.com

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