Thenmala is famous eco-tourism destination near Kollam. Thenmala is the first planned eco-tourism destination in India. It is a well-known location for shooting in Malayalam and Tamil movies. This place has equal opportunities for fun, leisure, adventure and for learning the significance and necessity of eco-friendly measures for promoting tourism related activities.
Location : Thenmala is located near Punalur town, Kollam district in Kerala. Thenmala is situated just 66 kms from Kollam
Thenmala is a eco-tourism destination and a serene village at the foothills of Western Ghats which is primarily a forest area. The word Thenmala is derives from 2 local words, 'Then' and 'Mala'. 'Then' means honey and 'Mala' means hill and they combine to mean 'Honey Hill'. People believed that the honey collected from this region is very good quality owing to its unique biological settings. This is a favorite tourist destination among tourists who are interested in eco tourism and here they enjoy the natural scenery.
Places to visit in Thenmala
Major attraction of Thenmala place is Thenmala forest area, Thenmala Deer Park, Thenmala reservoir and Thenmala Dam. Thenmala Deer Park is prime attraction of Thenmala, here tourist can see deer in a forest setting and have a peep into a traditional tree house used by forest dwellers to escape harm from wild animals. Spotted deer and the sambar are the main inhabitants. Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary is located on foothills of the Western Ghats is also part of the eco tourism program.
Activity in Ecotourism
Toruist can delight for Boating on the lake, a rope bridge, trekking, mountaineering, biking and a musical fountain. Here they can enjoyed the Bird Watching Trail.
Best time to visit : The ideal time to visit Thenmala is between the months of September to January.