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A Complete Guide To Thenmala In Kerala

By Amirthavarshini - July 17, 2020
Lush forests of Thenmala

Bored of staring at the four walls of your room? Looking for some fresh air and rejuvenating tourist places? You have clicked the right tab now. To satisfy all your wanderlust, continue reading this article about Thenmala, the natural bounty. Being the first planned eco-tourism destination in India, Thenmala in Kerala is a wonderful paradise for nature lovers.

Located around 66 km from the city of Kollam, it houses almost 10 stunning eco-tourism destinations that everyone must visit at least once. With fascinating hill ranges of Trivandrum, Kollam and Pathanamthitta, Thenmala is truly a natural retreat for its visitors in all possible ways. 

Why Thenmala?

Trekking trails of Thenmala
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There are numerous reasons to visit Thenmala in Kerala. The swaying beauty, irresistible charm and rejuvenating environment will truly demand a visit. It is also famous for its high-quality timber in India. You will get the best tasting honey in the mountains of the city. Thenmala is the best buddy for hikers and trekkers. Taking an adventurous trek through the mountains covered with luscious forests is a dream for many.

How to reach Thenmala?

By Road

Reaching Thenmala in Kerala by road is the best choice for nature admirers. It will truly be the most scenic ride that you will ever experience in your life. Thenmala is well-connected with all the major cities in Kerala and also with other South Indian states. You can reach the place from Kollam, Trivandrum, Punalur and other famous spots as well. You can jump into a private bus or rent a taxi to reach Thenmala in Kerala.

By Train

You can also reach Thenmala in Kerala by train. Thenmala Railway Station is well connected by Kollam to Shenkottai train route which is the best possible way to reach the place. Since the station doesn’t have direct connectivity with major cities of Kerala, reaching Thenmala by rail is just a secondary option.

By Air

Trivandrum International Airport is the nearest airport to reach Thenmala in Kerala. Located at a distance of 56 km, this airport serves as a hub for several flights connecting different parts of the world. After reaching the airport, you can hire any road transport such as bus or taxi to reach Tenmala in Kerala.

Best time to visit Thenmala

Winter season (December to February) – Best Time:

It is during the winter season, Thenmala in Kerala looks like a shiny emerald. As the morning dew shows up with welcoming ambience, lush greeneries and misty atmosphere, Thenmala shows its utmost beauty during the Winter. From the month of December to February, this graceful eco-tourism spot experiences a steep drop in temperature and an alarming increase in tourists. 

Summer season (March to May) – Good Time:

Though Thenmala in Kerala experiences a higher temperature of 39 degrees, the clear atmosphere and rich nature make the summer season a better time to visit the place. If a higher temperature is not a bothering factor for you, you can surely enjoy the visit to Thenmala.

Monsoon season (June to September) – Good Time:

If you are a rain person, you will definitely enjoy visiting Thenmala in Kerala during the monsoon season. Everything becomes more colourful and vibrant during this season. With new leaves and flowers showing up, Thenmala will welcome you with all its grace and charm. However, there are chances of some challenges while visiting important attractions.

Places to visit in Thenmala

Palaruvi Falls:

Palaruvi - Must visit place at Thenmala in Kerala
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As the name says, Palaruvi means a stream of milk and this is one of the best waterfalls in Kerala. Experience this thundering waterfall that gushes from a height of 300 feet. It’s the 32nd highest waterfall in the country and is at a distance of 18 km from the town.

Adventure Zone:

If you are an adventurous person, head to this hub of adventure activities in Thenmala, Kerala that will truly give you an adrenaline rush. Enjoy mountain biking, rock climbing, elevated walkways, rappelling and much more here. It is a must-visit place in Thenmala, Kerala.

Leisure Zone:

For those who want to have a lighter vacation with utmost peace and solitude, head to the Leisure Zone in Thenmala, Kerala. Reconnect with nature with the resonating charm of mother nature.

Deer Rehabilitation Centre

Spotted deer present at Thenmala in Kerala
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Meet the spotted buddies at the Deer Rehabilitation Centre in Thenmala, Kerala. The place offers a home for a number of deer such as spotted deer, sambar deer and much more. Take a short trip where you can stroll around the premises and take a riverside trek as well. 

Valliyoorkkavu Temple

Located at a distance of 3 km from Thenmala in Kerala, this sacred temple is dedicated to Mother Goddess. The temple offers pooja for the goddess in three forms namely Vana Durga, Jala Durga and Bhadrakali. 

Butterfly Garden

Butterfly in the Butterfly Garden
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The Butterfly Garden is a beautiful place in Thenmala, Kerala where you can spot the most colourful species of butterflies. Come close and play with these colourful butterflies while taking a guided tour to this place.

Musical Dancing Fountain:

Spend your beautiful evenings in Thenmala at the Musical Dancing Fountains. You will get a lively display of vivid colours, music and attractive lightings. This open-air attraction is one of the must-visit attractions in Thenmala, Kerala.

Other attractions

Every nook and corner of Thenmala in Kerala has its own beauty to boast that the town is full of tourist attractions. There are also other mesmerising attractions such as Nakshatravanam, Parappar dam, Aryankavu Railway Bridge, Pandavan para, Ayyapan temple and much more.

Things to do in Thenmala

Mountain biking experience
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  • Mountain Biking
  • Rock Climbing:
  • River Crossing
  • Boating
  • Butterfly Safari
  • Sightseeing
  • Nature Trails

To conclude, Thenmala in Kerala is a place with all possible natural wonders and assets. There’s always something special in simple yet satisfying vacation. It’s time to find satisfaction and happiness with our own nation. Though international destinations have a lot to offer, Kerala is nothing less than other foreign tropics. In fact, you will find beauty in every corner of the state. Head to the Pickyourtrail website and start planning your vacation to Kerala right away.

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