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Nature, Adventure & Culture: All in One at Thenmala

Written By: Akshatha Vinayak

Nowadays, pristine weather has become a rare thing; city folks have almost forgotten about the unpolluted air! All we have to do is, get away to the woods to enjoy it. Yes, Thenmala is one of the first planned eco-tourist destination which amazes you with its ambience.

The quaint village of Thenmala is located at the foothills of the Western Ghats at Kollam. The bounty of nature here wraps you in to a soothing ecstasy. To experience this, we must head to this beautiful destination in Kerala.


Thenmala Dam
Photo Courtesy: Junaidpv

A journey for 22km from the town of Punalur will take us to this enchanting Thenmala. The beautifully perched canopy of trees and green mountains sing the welcome songs on the way! Thenmala serves as a perfect setting for nature lovers and adventure seekers.

Thenmala is said to be derived from the two Malayalam words 'Then' means honey and 'Mala' meaning mountain. It is a pure bliss to explore this untouched beauty. The region is said to be full of medicinal plants and herbs.

Thenmala has three zones called Adventure Zone, Leisure Zone and Cultural Zones. These zones have always drawn large crowds.


A view point
Photo Courtesy: Kerala Tourism

Tourist Attractions in Thenmala

Thenmala is situated on the banks of Kallada River; Thenmala Dam built across Kallada River is forms one of the main attractions in Thenmala.

The amazing musical fountain show is another major attraction here.

Palaruvi Waterfall is around 14km from Thenmala. The dazzling vistas of Palaruvi Falls is a must to explore on the trip to Thenmala.

The hills around Thenmala provides an excellent ground for trekking and mountaineering. Hence, Thenmala always attracts adventure enthusiasts.

The scenic destination of Nedumpara is another tourist attraction which is located about 50km from Thenmala.

How to Reach Thenmala

Thenmala is about 72km from the capital Thiruvananthapuram. It is one of the best places for a road trip in Kerala. It is better to take private vehicles or hire a taxi to reach Thenmala.

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