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In reality, Thenmala is a small village hamlet on the western side of the Kollam district. The name of the place has come from one of the finest occupations prevalent in this part of the world. People in this picturesque place take up the rearing of honey bees in their hives. Being close to the Western Ghats mountain range, it has a unique climate that breeds healthy honey bees. Hence, the honey made in this location has superior taste and longer shelf life. This is the reason the place is called Thenmala. In English, it means honey oozing mountain!! Since it is a beautiful place, Thenmala also attracts both foreign and domestic tourists who visit the southern part of Kerala. It is approachable from Thrivuananthapuram and Punalur by road. This eco-tourism project is taken care of by Thenmala Eco-tourism Promotional Society, which is an undertaking of the Government of Kerala. The government of Kerala undertaking is providing awareness classes for the visitors to make them understand the significance and necessity of eco-friendly measures to sustain the environment for the future generation. Once the visitors enter the project area, they would be guided by the experienced and qualified guides, signboards, information boards and direction pointers to lead people to different locations in the ecological park. Do not miss out a chance to visit this beautiful place to savour its beauty and cool the agitated mind.
Facilities at Thenmala Ecological Park
The eco-tourism project provides equal opportunities for leisure, fun, adventure and learning. Roughly, the project area is divided into different zones that deal with a specific theme. They are cultural, adventure and leisure zones. Find below the brief descriptions about these zones and what visitors can expect there.
Other Places to Visit
Apart from the main attractions, there are other places near the ecological reserve where people should go to savour the full beauty of the place. A visit to these places would not let people down as they get an opportunity to become part of nature. We have listed some of them for the benefit of the readers.
This place is also home to other establishments. They include Players Cricket Team and NSAC Football Academy. The sports enthusiasts can visit these facilities to quench their desire to play these games during their leisure times. Another beautiful place to visit near Thenmala is Ambanad hills. This geographical formation is situated at a distance of just 8 kilometres from Nedumpara. The tourists can also think of going to places such as Kulathupuzha, Kamukumchery, Anchal, and Courtalam waterfall and Sengottai in neighbouring Tirunelveli district of southern Tamil Nadu.
Thenmala is a beautiful habitat where tourists seek respite from summer heat. The area is blessed with rich flora and fauna. The region is known for sericulture. The honey made in hives from this place is very famous for its texture, taste and quality. This is the reason why it is called as Thenmala. On entering the premises, the visitors would be guided through all the important locations by well qualified guides and other sign boards. People can undertake the adventure activities and spend some leisure time in the backdrop of the Western Ghats at the dam site. This view provides an unmatchable view of the horizon from the dam. Then there other places such as Kulathupuzha, Courthalam, Sengottai and Sendurunai Wildlife Sanctuary where one can get a similar kind of settings for a comfortable outing. Armed with this information, let us pick our backpacks and move towards the true heavens found on earth.