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THENMALA - ECO TOURISM

Located about 72kms from Thiruvananthapuram, the State Capital of Kerala, God's Own Country, the southern most State of India. Thenmala is a small village at the foothills of Western Ghats and predominantly a forest area. The famous Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary is the most important ecotourism resource of Thenmala Ecotourism. This Wildlife Sanctuary is of about 100 sq. km. and harbors large varieties of flora and fauna.Thenmala : "Then + Mala" , i.e. in local parlance "Then" means honey and "Mala" means hillock i.e. it mean honey hills. 

The honey collected from Thenmala forest region is of good quality and of high medicinal value because of the unique floristic composition of the forests Thenmala or Tenmalai is the meeting point of Kollam-Shencottah road and Trivandrum-Shencottah road, surrounded by dense forest and is 66 kms east of Kollam. Thenmala also blessed with a large number of rubber and tea plantations. Timber of all varieties exported from here to all parts of the country.Themala Dam site is also open for the tourists. An Eco tourists centre operates at Thenmala enabling the travellers to enjoy nature at its very best. All buses passing through Kollam-Shencottah road stop at Thenmala. There is also a Railway station where meter gauge railway still functions.

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS

Musical Dancing Fountain

A synchronized rhythmic ballet of water, sound and light located in the natural surroundings. Such a natural ambience is very rare and hence provides a unique and authentic experience.

Butterfly Safari

An abode of the butterflies in an open ambience. A garden of host plants for the butterfly has been created enabling the large number of butterfly species of the region to thrive. A guided walk (Safari) along the nature trail of the garden in Thenmala will provide the visitor an opportunity to sight the butterflies and to learn about the butterflies.

Nakshatravanam

Thenmala also contain a garden comprising of 27 trees associated with the 27 birth stars. You will blessed to see all the 27 trees planted in the garden. Walk along and get more information on the trees.

Culture zone

Thenmala zone also accommodates various activities, which favours Ecofriendly General Tourism. Restaurant, Shop court, Amphitheatre etc help the tourists understand the Kerala cusines, Kerala crafts and natural wealth and Kerala's Art, Culture etc. An open air Musical Dancing Fountain which considered, as "Natures Dance" is another major attraction here.

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