Thenmala Hill Station
Thenmala, 72 kilometers from Thiruvananthapuram, in the district of Kollam, India's first ecotourism destination, is a well-received tourist site for its unique views, biodiversity, and functioning. Thenmala Eco-Tourism shares its resources with the famous Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary.
In the local tongue, Thenmala comes from the words, Then, meaning honey, and Mala, meaning hill, which together form Honeyhill (Thenmala). As a result of its unique biological environment, honey collected from this region is of exceptional quality. An undertaking of the Government of Kerala, Thenmala Eco-Tourism Promotional Society is a unique tourist destination. It offers equal opportunities for fun, adventure, leisure, and the promotion of eco-friendly tourism measures.
One can move around, explore and experience every bit of this remarkable destination with the guidance and information provided by Thenmala Eco-Tourism's well-trained staff. You can find well-placed signboards, direction pointers, and information boards to facilitate tourism inside the project area. There are currently three significant zones in the project area, each with its own theme: Culture Zone, Leisure Zone, and Adventure Zone.
One can indulge in various activities at the Culture Zone, including trying traditional Kerala dishes at the restaurant, shopping for souvenirs, and observing Kerala's art and culture at the amphitheater. The open-air Musical Dancing Fountain is another highlight of the Culture Zone. There is also a Tourism Facilitation Center in the Cultural Area to provide information about a wide range of tourism products available in Thenmala.
Explore the boardwalk leading to the dam in the Leisure Zone. The swaying bridge could be a thrilling prospect, particularly for children. Man & Nature is the theme of the Sculpture Garden, which adds more variety and elegance to the landscape.
The Adventure Zone provides quite an experience for those with an adventurous spirit. Take advantage of the elevated walkway that winds through a canopy of trees to explore the rocky terrain and canopy of trees. You can also go mountain biking, rock climbing, and river crossing to give your body's muscles a workout.
Thenmala Eco-Tourism offers zone-based activities and an invigorating boat ride in the Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary. A visit to the Deer Rehabilitation Centre, where one can have a look at a group of spotted deer, the sambar deer and the barking deer, which have been given protection after straying out of the forests. The project area also has treetop huts, a children's eco-park, riverside trekking, and battery-powered vehicle rides through the woods, enabling one to sight wildlife from a close distance.
For a visitor to Thenmala Eco-Tourism, some of the nearby attractions are also worth exploring. One may visit the picturesque Palaruvi waterfalls, about 16 km away, on the way to Shenkottah. Thenmala Eco-Tourism is open round the year.