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"First Planned Ecotourism Site in India"

Thenmala Tourism

Snuggled between the dense woods of Western Ghats, Thenmala is a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated in Kollam, Kerala. With winding roads, dotted with rubber and tea plantations, Thenmala boasts of being the first planned ecotourism spot in India. Spread over acres of dense timber trees, the name 'Thenmala' translates to Honey Hill suggesting the supply of high-quality honey from the region. This honey has medicinal properties because of the surrounding floral varieties and is exported in large amounts.

In addition to this, Thenmala is a treasure trove of activities. It has something for everyone, from trekking and recreational rock climbing to rappelling to mountain biking and rope bridging. It has mystical jungle trails for laid-back visitors which offer sweeping views of the neighbouring hills. In case these leisure walks are not appealing enough to your eyes, you can choose to spend a night in one of the gorgeous tree-house retreats. Thenmala is a very huge enchanting natural resort but only better.

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Thenmala, First Ecotourism Destination

India's first planned eco-tourism destination, Thenmala, is situated in Kollam district in Kerela. It’s a small village located in the foothills of the Western Ghat mountains. The Thenmala eco tourism shares its resources with the Chenduruny Wildlife Sanctuary. For those who don't know what ecotourism is, it's a tourism intended to offer tourists an insight into the impact of human beings on the environment and to foster a greater appreciation of our natural habitats.

The Thenmala dam is a popular eco-tourism destination and has created the largest reservoir in the state, making the dam and its surroundings a favourite picnic spot. One can do various activities like boating (on the lake formed by the reservoir), Butterfly Safari, Trekking, Hiking, Night Camping. One can have a walk in the leisure zone, a forest garden. Other Attractions include the Pallaruvi Waterfalls located in the vicinity; one can enjoy the majestic view and the lush greenery surrounding the fall. There is a Deer Rehabilitation Centre nearby, where people can see deer in a forest setting and can have a peep into the traditional tree house. created by the forest dwellers.

Restaurants and Local Food in Thenmala

There are small restaurants which mostly provide, snacks and beverages and forest produce. Leisure zone within the eco-park has few options to eat as well.
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One Day Itinerary

Day 1: Start your day early and straight away head for a day trip to the ecotourism. You can buy the day's trip package at the eco-tourism centre and then leave your day to them, and they will make sure that they convert it into an unforgettable day. The package includes Butterfly Safari, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, River cCrossing a walk into the forest garden (Leisure Zone), Soft Trekking etc. It includes Lunch and dinner as well, so you can devour the tasty South Indian food. A Musical Dancing Fountain at the end of the trip is the perfect thing to call it a day.

Day 2: After having your Breakfast you can head for the Pallaruvi Waterfalls situated at a distance of 16 km From Thenmala and enjoy the silvery water of the fall and the majestic beauty of its surroundings. Spend your evening by the waterfall with you loved ones.

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What's Great?

India's first planned Eco-Tourism destination. Supports a lot of adventure activities.

What's Not So Great?

The tropical climate and heavy rainfall during monsoon season may hold you from visiting the place.

For Whom?

Thenmala is an ideal destination for people looking for a family get away and for the younger generation looking for some adventure.

How To Reach Thenmala

Thenmala is not very big town and does not have its own airport and railway station but is well connected by an efficient road network to the nearby major airport and railway station. So you can reach Thenmala without any inconvenience.

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Rohit Shroff 1 year ago
- There are two types of entry tickets, one includes food other one does not. It is suggested that you take the with food one.
- Make sure you wear comfortable clothes and shoes and less ornaments.
- Try starting early, it'll be best for you to cover more things. There is no music show on Monday.
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