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Thenmala - The Land of Honey


Thenmala, best known as an eco-tourism hotspot, is a prominent travel destination located in Kollam district. Literally translated as the ‘Hill of Honey’, this place is famed for its honey which is believed to contain many medicinal properties.

Situated at a distance of about 70 km from the capital city of Kerala, Thenmala houses India’s first planned Eco-Tourism Project. As part of the Eco-Tourism Project, the region is divided into 5 prime zones - Cultural zone, Adventure zone, Leisure zone, Deer Rehabilitation zone and Boating zone.

Spreading over acres of evergreen forest, Thenmala attracts millions of tourists both from within the country and from abroad. This eco-tourism habitat is home to a wide variety of exotic flora and fauna. The hilly terrain is packed with numerous adventure as well as entertainment activities including boating, a rope bridge, Trekking, mountaineering, biking and a musical fountain.

A Paradise For Sightseeing – Tourist Places In And Around Thenmala

A dam built across the Kallada River is one of chief attractions of Thenmala region. Palaruvi Waterfalls makes Thenmala a hotspot for picnicking and honeymooning. The deer park, another must-see attraction, is habitat to many species of wild deer. The tree houses built in the park give an exotic tinge to the holidays spent here. Nakshatravanam (a nursery of trees), Aryankavu Shasta Temple, Kulathupuzha Sastha Temple and the suspension bridge make Thenmala a destination ideal for backpackers.

How To Reach Thenmala

Accessible from both Thiruvananthapuram and Punalur by road, the region enjoys fair connectivity.

Thenmala Weather

Pleasant and temperate climate welcomes travelers in all seasons. Thenmala meets a traveller’s expectations of a vibrant vacation, be it adventure or leisure.

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How to Reach Thenmala

  • By Road
    Thenmala is accessible from both Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam by road. Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) runs regular bus services from Thiruvananthapuram to Thenmala. Buses are the cheapest transportation option and are comfortable for short trips. Taxis and private vehicles can also be used to reach Thenmala by road.
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  • By Train
    The railhead closest to Thenmala is located in Kollam, at a distance of about 66 km. Kollam is one of the major railheads of Kerala and is well connected to all other parts of India. Travellers can avail taxi services from the railway station to reach Thenmala.
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  • By Air
    The airport nearest to Thenmala is Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, situated at a distance of 72 km. The airport is well connected to all major cities in India such as Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Hyderabad. Travelers who arrive by air can hire a taxi from the airport to reach Thenmala.
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