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Thenmala Travel Guide

India’s first planned eco-tourism destination, Thenmala is located at a distance of around 72 km from Thiruvananthapuram, the state’s capital. Situated on the Shencottai Road, this village is spread in acres of evergreen forest. Of all the 10 eco-tourism destinations, scattered across the hill ranges of Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Pathanamthitta districts, Thenmala is the prime destination.

Perched 500 meters above the sea level and placed at the foothills of the Western Ghats, it is a natural habitat for a vast variety of flora and fauna. The rugged terrain offers ample opportunity for various kinds of adventure activities. You can partake in nature walks, enjoy picnicking, seek adventure and pleasure at the same time. Along with forests, Thenmala has rubber estates and tea plantations. It is believed that honey collected from the forests of Thenmala has an excellent quality and also has medicinal value and thus Thenmala has been named so as ‘Then’ means honey and ‘Mala means hills. Visit Thenmala all round the year.

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How To Reach Thenmala

By Air

The nearest airport from Thenmala is in Thiruvananthapuram, around 72 km away. This airport is well-connected with all the prime destinations of India as well as aboard through regular flights. 

By Train

The nearest railway station for the town of Thenmala is in Kollam that is located at a distance of about 66 km.  One of the biggest railway stations in Kerala, it receives a number of trains from a number of destinations of the state. Once at the station, you can hire a taxi to go to Thenmala, which may charge between INR 7 to 12 per km. Local transport might not be a reliable option.

By Road

You can also opt for government buses available from Trivandrum to arrive in Thenmala. Every hour, a bus is available from the Central Bus Station. The ticket costs around INR 100.

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