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Thenmala is located in Kerala
Location in Kerala, India
Thenmala is located in India
Thenmala (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
 • OfficialMalayalam, English
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Vehicle registrationKL-25
Nearest cityKollam (63 km)
Suspension Bridge
Parappar dam
Ecotourism walkway

Thenmala is a town of tourist attraction near Punalur town, Kollam district in Kerala, India.


Thenmala is the first planned eco-tourism destination in India. The Thenmala Dam is a popular ecotourism destination in Kerala. The Dam, which impounds the largest reservoir in the state which was built under the Kallada Irrigation and Tree Crop development project. The construction of the Parappar Dam across the confluence of the Chenduruney, Kazhuthurutty and Kulathupuzha rivers has resulted in the creation of a beautiful artificial lake of about 26 Sq. Km. which spreads along the middle of the Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary. It is the largest irrigation project in Kerala.


Thenmalai is derived from Tamil word 'Then' meaning South and 'Malai' meaning Mountain. Thenmala is famous for being the shooting location for several Malayalam and Tamil movies including Adiverukal.[1] [2]


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 Nearest railway station is Punalur. Kollam-QLN is better connected nationally. 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.

Nearby attractions[edit]

Other places near Thenmala are Kulathupuzha, Anchal, Punalur, Kamukumchery and Sengottai in Tirunelveli district (Tamil Nadu). Thenmala is 72 km from Thiruvananthapuram and 16 km from Palaruvi Falls.


Nedumpara is a scenic place located 7 Km from Thenmala. Harrisons Malayalam Limited has a rubber estate in this place named as Isfield Estate. One of the highest peak of the village is located in Nedumpara, which is locally known as Nedumpara Motta. Ambanad hills is just 8 km from Nedumpara.


  1. ^ "Touring in Thenmala".
  2. ^ "Photos of Thenmala".
  3. ^ "Eco Tourism in Thenmala".

External links[edit]

Thenmala Attractions

The Namal International