Thenmala (Tenmalai) is the meeting point of Kollam-Shencottah road and Trivandrum-Shencottah road, surrounded by dense forest and is 66 kms east of Kollam.

Thenmala is blessed with a large number of rubber and tea plantations. Timber of all varieties are exported from here to all parts of the country.

Themala Dam site is open for the tourists. An Eco tourists center operates at Thenmala enabling the travellers to enjoy the nature at the very best.

All buses passing through Kollam-Shencottah road stops at Thenmala. There is also a Railway Station
. Meter gauges too are present still now.

The attractions at Thenmala:

Thenmala reservoir :-
You can do boating in the reservoir. Tickets can be purchased at the eco-tourism centre. You will be taken to the boarding point in a battery powered van. Many people can ride together in the boat. It is a pleasant experience to sail through the reservoir which is the longest in the State. The trees of Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary line up on both sides of the reservoir.
Thenmala Dam :-
Thenmala (Parappar) Dam is a centre of attraction at Thenmala-- an ecotourism destination. Built under the Kallada Irrigation and Tree Crop development project, it is the second largest irrigation project in Kerala (India). The dam impounds the longest reservoir in the State. Waters from the reservoir is now used for power generation also.

Metre Gauge:-

Experience the travel through the metre gauge:-
Thenmala Eco Tourism Centre:-
Provides the tourist all the needful assistance and facilities to experience the eco tourism around Thenmala. The region has been divided into Culture, Leisure, Adventure zones to explore every destination spots. Boating, Canopy Walkway, Musical Dancing fountain, Sculpture garden are some of the sight seeing options.
Punalur :
It is 45 kms from Kollam on the Kollam-Shencotta railway line and is also linked with Kollam by road. The Suspension bridge across the Kallada river erected in 1877,is the only one of its kind in south India and it is 400 ft long. A concrete bridge has been constructed near by and now the suspension bridge is only of archaeological interest.
Palaruvi Falls

-16 km from Thenmala towards Shenkotah
-300 ft height
-Amidst evergreen forests

Getting there:
. Nearest Railway station:
Kollam, about 66 kms away.
. Nearest Airport:
Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 72 kms away.

. Road Route :
Those coming from Kochi, Kollam, Kottayam or other centres in the North can reach Thenmala via Punalur.

Location Map:

Activities at Thenmala:...............
Thenmala Dam visit, boating etc
. Thenmala Eco Tourism Centre -
   Zone Divisions- Culture, Leisure, Adventure etc.,
. Travel through metre gauge
. Near by destinations - Konni, Punalur, Ponmudi, ...etc

Accommodation at Thenmala :
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General Information
Altitude: Between 100-600 m above MSL
Climate : Hottest months-
March to May
coldest months -
December & January.
Max Temp: 39C.
Daily Temp varies from 17C to 35C.
Rainfall : Southwest Monsoon:
May-Aug ext to Sep
  Northeast Monsoon:
late Sep, Oct & Nov
  2600 - 3000 mm (Average)
spoken : Malayalam,Tamil & English
Season : Throughout the year
Clothing: Tropical

Other near by attractions
Konni in Pathanamthitta
  Ponmudi in Thiruvanathapuram
  Punnalur in kollam
  Shendurruney wildlife sanctuary

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