“To travel is worth any cost or sacrifice..”– Elizabeth Gilbert
Happened to visit Thenmala along with my friends in April 2011.
I believe, Thenmala is the first planned eco-tourism destination in India.
Thenmala is a perfect location for vacation seekers. Lush green forest Park, Adventure Park, Children’s Park, Butterfly Safari, Musical Dancing Fountain, Boating, Trekking, Hiking, Night Camping galore the attractions. Thenmala is around 72kms from Thiruvananthapuram and 62 Kms from Kollam.
Our Route –> Thiruvananthapuram -> Kesavadasapuram -> Kilimanoor -> Ayoor -> Anchal -> Punalur -> Thenmala
You can see a lot of greenery in both sides of the road.
Also, you will see the Kollam – Shenkottai rail network. The railway Bridge is really an Architectural marvel, build by the British.
Other tourist attractions
Kallada dam –> It attracts several visitors thanks to the stunning scenery and the opportunity to view it all from the top of the dam
Palaruvi Water Falls –> Another attraction is Palaruvi waterfalls . If you want to visit Palaruvi in the same day, better to leave Thenmala at mid day after visiting adventure zone because Palaruvi closes at 5 P.M. The distance between the two places is only 16 kms.
One Line Summary: Good Short trip destination for people from Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam.