Thenmala literally means, ‘honey hills’. Honey from these hills was sought after because it was mistakenly believed to have medicinal properties. However, today the region is better known for its eco-conservation efforts. As Ifidia’s first planned ecotourism destination, Thenmala is the nerve-centre of 10 satellite ecotourism attractions scattered across the hills of Thiruvananthapuram Kollam and Pathanamthitta.

Thenmala Ecotourism Promotion Society or TEPS

Is responsible for spreading eco-awareness and ensurini that the eco-system of the region is left undisturbed. The well-trained staff of the TEPS brief visitors on how best to explore the region, but also guide them on appropriate behaviour. The organisation has also taken under its wing! the nearby Shenduruney Hildlife Sanctuary.

The Palaruvi falls:

The Palaruvi falls, riverfront leisure zones, rock shelter; and a deer rehabilitation centre are some of the attraction; in Thenmala. Located 500 m above the sea level, in the foothills of the southern Hestern Ghats,Thenmala’s diverse flora and fauna and vast tracts of forests attrac adventure seekers, naturalists and conservationists.

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