Thenmala

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Thenmala
തെന്‍മല
Tenmala
town
The panoramic Thenmala Dam, is mainly utilised for irrigational purposes
The panoramic Thenmala Dam, is mainly utilised for irrigational purposes
Thenmala is located in Kerala
Thenmala
Thenmala
Location in Kerala, India
Coordinates: 8°57′0″N 77°4′0″E / 8.95000°N 77.06667°E / 8.95000; 77.06667Coordinates: 8°57′0″N 77°4′0″E / 8.95000°N 77.06667°E / 8.95000; 77.06667
Country  India
State Kerala
District Kollam
Languages
 • Official Malayalam, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Vehicle registration KL-
Nearest city Kollam (63 km)

Thenmala is a tourist place near Punalur town, Kollam district in Kerala. Thenmala is the first planned eco-tourism destination in India. The Thenmala dam was built across Kallada River. Thenmala is famous for being the shooting location in Malayalam and Tamil movies.[1][2]

A view of hanging bridge from Thenmala

Thenmala attracts foreign and domestic tourists with a host of attractions. Boating on the lake, a rope bridge, trekking, mountaineering, biking and a musical fountain.[3] Thenmala is approachable both from Trivandrum and Punalur by road. The waterfall called Palaruvi is a prime attraction nearby. Also nearby is a deer rehabilitation center where visitors can see deer in a forest setting and have a peep into a traditional tree house used by forest dwellers to escape harm from wild animals. Other places near Thenmala are Kulathupuzha, Anchal, Punalur, Kamukumchery and Sengottai in Tirunelveli district (Tamil Nadu). Themala is 72 km from Thiruvanathapuram and 16 km from Palaruvi Falls.

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