Thenmala is one of the most popular tourist places in Kerala. It is located in the Kollam district and is near to the Punalur town. It attracts domestic tourists as equally as it attracts foreign tourists. It is the first planned eco-tourism in India. The word Thenmala has a beautiful meaning in Malayalam. It is a combination of two words ‘Then’ and ‘mala’ which means ‘honey’ and ‘hill’ respectively and thus the combined word meaning comes out as ‘Honey Hill”.
As the word means the honey collected from this region is believed to have good quality owing to its special biological setting. This region gains it popularity not only for it bio-diversity but also for it unique panoramas. This place offers equal opportunities of adventure, fun, and leisure. It hosts a number of attractions to the tourists visiting the place. It includes Boating on the lake, a rope bridge, trekking, mountaineering, and musical fountain. The Palaruvi which is another famous tourist spot is also situated near Thenmala. The deer rehabilitation center is another attraction that attracts people to this place. In this center one can see the spotted deer, sambar deer, and the barking deer in a typical forest setting. The traditional tree houses used by the forest dwellers to escape from the wild animals also add to the attractions of this place. It also has battery powered rides through the forests which enables us to watch the wildlife from a close distance. Apart from the tourist attractions Thenmala also proves to be a famous spot chosen as the shooting location in Tamil and Malayalam movies.
Thenmala is 72 kilometers from Trivandrum and 16 kilometers from Palaruvi Falls. It is accessible easily by road and Kollam Railway Station is the nearby railway station.
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