Location : Kerala
in the southern part of India.
Time to Visit :
Through out the year.
The hottest months are March to May and the coldest,
December and January. The maximum temperature during daytime in the hottest
month is about 39 degree cent. The daily temperature varies from 17 degree
cent. to 35 degree cent.; Average rainfall 2600 - 3000 mm.
The First Planned Eco-tourism destination in India.
Thenmala in Kerala is the first planned
India. Predominantly a forest area, Thenmala is a small village, located at
the foothills of the Western Ghat
Mountains. Thenmala is about 72 km from Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of
Kerala, (God's Own Country), the southern most state of India. The name
Thenmala is derived from two words - 'Then' & 'Mala", in local
parlance "Then" means honey and "Mala" means hillock
i.e. 'honey hills'. The honey collected from Thenmala forest area is of good
quality and of high medicinal value because of the unique floristic
composition of the forests.
Thenmala Wildlife Resource
The Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary is the prime ecotourism resource of
Thenmala in Kerala. This Wildlife Sanctuary is of about 100 sq km in area
and inhabits large stock of flora and fauna. The Shenduruny forest was
declared a wildlife sanctuary in year 1984. It derived its name from an
endemic species of tree called Chenkuruny (Gluta travancoria). In the
central region of this moist, mixed deciduous forest, spanning over hilly
terrain of over 100 sq km, is the 26 sq km artificial lake worked by the
Parappar dam built across the Shenduruny and Kulathupuzha rivers. According
to some recent archaeological findings, Shenduruny was the bed of one of the
oldest river valley civilisations in India.
Deer Rehabilitation Centre
This centre was established to protect and conserve the deer that are
strayed out from forests. You will find - Spotted deer, Sambar deer, Barking
deer here. There are Tree Top Huts for family day spending, Children's
eco-park, Short Riverside trek in the Deer Park.
Boating in the Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary
The Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary offers boating facility to its tourists.
Tourists are transported to boat landing in battery powered road vehicles
through forest to expose them to non-polluting sources of energy. One can
see - Elephants, Bison, Sambar etc. while boating. The surroundings exhibit
a unique scenic beauty and hillocks of high lush evergreen
This zone is entirely dedicated to exhibit the culture and tradition of
Kerala to the outside world. The Culture Zone hold various activities and
events, which is in favour of Ecofriendly General Tourism. There are
restaurant, shop court, amphitheater, etc. which plays a major role in
helping the tourists understand the Kerala lifestyle. Taste some Kerala
cuisines here, while appreciating the exquisite piece of Kerala Art &
Culture arranged ornately amidst abundant natural wealth. An open air
Musical Dancing Fountain which is considered, as "Natures Dance"
is another major attraction here.
The Leisure Zone inspires the tourists to explore the inherent qualities of
the zone - the drastic level changes, favorable views etc. The boardwalk and
the sway bridge canvass promising viewpoints. The plazas, the view deck and
the courts flash the tourists to a different framework of landscape. The
sculpture garden, water features etc are the additional attractions here.
By the name itself one can easily make out that, this zone is entirely for
the adventure lovers. The activities in this zone favours adventure tourism.
The attractions in which you can indulge into are the Elevated Walkway, the
Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, River Crossing, Nature Trails, Resting
Spots, Lotus Pond, etc. The nature trail meandering through various areas of
the zone captivates a large number of nature seekers.
Thiruvananthapuram 72 km away.
Thenmala connected with Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi
66 km from Kollam town on the Kollam - Shencotta
Road, in Pathanapuram taluk of Kollam district.