Places to Visit near Thenmala
Thenmala is a tourist attraction town near Kulathupuzha and Punalur, Kollam district in Kerala, India.
It is the first planned eco-tourism destination in India and attracts foreign and domestic tourists with a host of attractions. Boating on the lake, a rope bridge, trekking, mountaineering, biking and a musical fountain.
Thenmala is approachable both from Trivandrum and Punalur by road. The Nearest railway station is Punalur. Kollam-QLN is better connected nationally.
Thenmala Dam (12 kms)
The Thenmala dam is the second largest irrigation project in Kerala, India. It impounds the longest reservoir in the state and water from the reservoir is also used for power generation. It is now a centre of attraction at Thenmala and an ecotourism destination, with boating available on the reservoir, which is bordered on both sides by the Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary
Thenmala Eco-Tourism (25 kms)
Adventure zone, leisure zone, musical fountain and more!
Thenmala eco-tourism is the first organized eco-tourism project in India. The drive is through the tropical moist deciduous forests which is a serine natural forest with its multicolored foliage. The forests are high (multi layered) and when in full bloom offer a spectacular sight to the visitors. The forests are rich in biodiversity. Wild animals like elephant, gaurs, sambar and barking deer, wild boar, bear etc are available in large numbers. Foot prints and droppings of the animals are clearly seen along the trek route.
Palaruvi Waterfalls (25 kms)
Palaruvi waterfalls is situated in Thenmala in Kollam district and is near to Tamil Nadu border. It lies in the Thenmala ranges between dense forests and is across the Kallada river. The word meaning of Palaruvi is ‘stream of milk’ and this waterfall is given this name because it looks like a stream of milk. The water falls from a height of 300 ft and forms a small pool at the bottom.
It is an important tourist destination. Visitors can enjoy taking a dip in this pool. There are separate places for ladies and children. The best time to visit this waterfall is during monsoon season when the water gushes through the hills. The fall gets dried up during summer season. The water from this falls is believed to have medicinal properties that are able to prevent several diseases because it comes from the forest. Ayurvedic physicians advise their patients to take a dip in this water. The Thenmala ranges offer an adventurous spot for the tourists. People can do trekking from here. It is a great experience and is equally refreshing.
Rosemala Hill Station (30 kms)
Rosemala, a valley that abounds in the bounty of nature. The shape of the land akin to that of a rose flower might be the reason behind the name of this valley. There is also the view that the name came from Roslin, the wife of a British planter who established the estate here.
Located about 15 km deep into the forest from Aryankavu, Rosemala is one of the less explored eco tourism spots in Kerala. The forest road leading to Rosemala is steep and winding. You can enjoy the tranquility of several mountain streams on your path through the thick forest tracts. Hiring a jeep would be the best choice to reach Rosemala. You can seek the help of the forest department for the journey.
Ambanad Hills (30 kms)
Ambanad Hills is a century old plantation and spice garden. Here nature welcomes you with its myriad colors, cool serene and vast expanse of green hills.
Courtallam Waterfalls (50 kms)
Courtallam, the spa of South India, is a panchayat town situated at a mean elevation of 160 m (520 ft) on the Western Ghats in Tirunelveli District of Tamil Nadu, India.
Many seasonal and few perennial rivers such as the Chittar River, the Manimuthar River, the Pachaiyar River and the Tambaraparani River originate in this region. The numerous waterfalls and cascades along with the ubiquitous health resorts in the area have earned it the title the Spa of South India.
The falls carry a good amount of water only when there is a rain on the hills. Season begins from June of every year till September.