Thenmala is India's first planned Eco-tourism destination. It is one of the most beautiful tourist locations near the Punalur town in the Kollam district of Kerala. There are different types of sight-seeing for foreigners and domestic travellers. The most popular attraction of Thenmala is Palaruvi Falls (16 km) from the town. There are options of boating, trekking, biking, and mountaineering. The distance between Thenmala and Thiruvananthapuram is 72 km.
Places to Stay
There are a few good budget hotels in Thenmala. Some of them are Anandan Tourist House (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Hotel Aquarock (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Hotel Sea View Palace (Tariff – Rs. 1000), and Hotel Mr. John’s (Tariff – Rs. 500).
The official languages of Thenmala are English and Malayalam. Other languages spoken are Hindi and Tamil.
The important festivals of Thenmala are Onam in August, Dasara Festival in October, and Deepawali in November.
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attraction in Thenmala. Some of them are Ponmudi (33 km), Courtallum (44 km), Sasthamkotta (37 km), and Varkala (33 km).
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Thenmala is the Trivandrum International Airport (56 km).
The nearest railway station is the Punalur Railway Station (11 km).
Thenmala and Punalur are linked together via road. The nearest bus stand is Thenmala KSRTC Bus Station (1 km) from the town. There are regular local or private buses from KSRTC from Thenmala to nearby cities and vice-versa .There are options for foreign tourists of advance-ticket booking or online with the help of travel operators like Joy Travels or Sharma Travels to reach Thenmala. Bus ticket online booking has caught up with travelers across the country.