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Thenmala Eco Tourism & Palaruvi Waterfalls

Thenmala means honey hills in Malayalam. Earlier Thenmala was a sought after place because of the belief that the honey collected from this region had medicinal qualities. This is India's first planned eco tourism destination. Thenmala is situated 500 meter above sea level in the southern part of the Western Ghats. Thenmala is popular due to its unique landscape, bio-diversity and functioning. It has equal opening for enjoyment, exciting activity, and relaxation and for education the meaning and necessity of eco-friendly measures for promoting tourism related activities.

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Tourist Attractions

  • India's first planned eco tourism destination
  • A place for enjoyment, exciting activities, and relaxation
  • Restaurant to provide traditional Kerala dishes
  • A walkway leading to the dam on Kallada river
  • Adventures like mountain biking, rock climbing, river crossing
  • Boat ride in the Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Children Eco Park with tree top huts and swings
  • Palaruvi - Most scenic and the highest waterfall in Kerala
  • Water of Palaruvi pools is believed to have healing properties

Address of Thenmala - Palaruvi

Thenmala forest is located in Anchal Taluk, Kollam district of Kerala state, India - 691308.

How to Reach

  • Distance From: Kollam - 63 km, Thiruvananthapuram - 70km, Tenkasi - 37 km
  • Nearest Airport: Thiruvananthapuram
  • Nearest Bus Station: Thenmala
  • Nearest Railway Station: Thenmala, Punalur (Kollam - Shenkottai line)
  • Transport: Thenmala is well connected by road. Buses are available from different parts within the state and Tamil Nadu.
  • Where to Stay

    KTDC motel and a PWD rest house available for stay at Palaruvi falls. Thenmala eco-tourism resort and other resorts available at Thenmala for nice stay.

    What to Eat

    Thenmala eco-tourism resort provides traditional Kerala dishes at the cultural zone restaurant and other resorts have nice restaurants.


    Cultural zone visitors can buy Kerala traditional souvenir items.

    Best Season & Time to Visit

    The best time to visit Palaruvi waterfall is in the monsoon season when water gushes down with a wild roar casting great glory. Another reason is that water dries up in summer.

    Things to Take Care

    Adventure zone is closed by 05.30 pm whereas leisure zone by 06.30pm. You should not miss this adventure spot of Thenmala ecotours, even if you are not much adventurous.

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