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Footloose at Thenmala As you drive up to Thenmala. Photo: Onmanorama

Kollam: Thenmala Eco Tourism Project, holds the distinction of being the first planned Eco Tourism project in India. There are organised day trips, there are specialised attraction zones and places to stay. There are restaurants too, that dish up traditional Kerala fare.

Thenmala literally translates to Honey Hill. It has been, for a long time a planter's haven. The plantations on the valley grow tea, rubber and other spices; cloaking the hillocks in a lush green cover. We take in the beauty of the mountains as we drive up to the Eco Toursim centre.

Footloose at Thenmala The Sculpture Garden. Photo: Onmanorama

The Eco Tourism centre is split into zones - Culture Zone, Leisure Zone and Adventure Zone. The major attraction of the culture zone is the musical dancing fountain. It is advisable to check with the park centre about the timing. We did see a couple of children posing for selfies next to the statues at Sculpture Garden. If you are short on time, you can give the Sculpture Garden a miss.

Footloose at Thenmala The monkeys on the Sway bridge. Photo: Onmanorama

The sway bridge at the leisure zone will keep your child busy. But it is advisable to exercise caution since there are good chances that you may be sharing the place with a pack of monkeys - and they borrow snacks.

Footloose at Thenmala Elevated walkway at the Eco Tourism centre. Photo: Onmanorama

The adventure zone offers an elevated walkway. There are options for trekking, river crossing and rock climbing too. The centre offers day trips to Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary and Palaruvi Waterfalls nearby. The Butterfly Safari and the Deer Rehabilitation centre that houses spotted deer and sambar deer is a huge attraction for little children.

Footloose at Thenmala Thenmala dam and reservoir. Photo: Onmanorama

But, that is not all. It is the serenity of the hills and the ambience that sets you at peace once you are here. If you have time to spare and a heart for adventure, you can stray away from the Eco Tourism project. The Thenmala dam and the reservoir are a pretty sight.

The 13 Kannara Bridge, the railway over bridge constructed during the British reign is another marvel. Thrown open in 1904, this bridge was a meter gauge line that connected Kollam to Chennai. A couple of years ago, the Railways reinforced the bridge mainly to keep up with the gauge conversion.

Footloose at Thenmala Sights that welcome you during your drive to Thenmala. Photo: Onmanorama

There are various lookout points along the way; if you are driving you can make a stop there and take in the scenic beauty of the place. The eco-system at Thenmala is very unique. The flora and fauna here is as unique as it gets making Thenmala a must see.

How to Get There

The Thenmala village is situated in the foothills of the Western Ghats close to the Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary.  
It is about 72kms from Thiruvananthapuram and about 62Kms from Kollam. 
You can drive up from either Kollam or Thiruvananthapuram 
It is also connected by a railway line
Nearest Airport is at Thiruvananthapuram

Nearby Places

Thiruvananthapuram

Kollam
Palaruvi Waterfalls
Punalur
Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary

Where to stay

The Eco Tourism centre offers stay options

You can also get accommodation at Punalur

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