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1) Where Is Thenmala located?

      Thenmala is a village 20 kms from Punalur Town, Kolam district,Kerala State, india.

2) What are the attractions at Thenmala?

      Thenmala offers two kinds of products

        a) Ecotourism

        b) Eco-friendly General Tourism

3) What are the Ecotourism Programme at Thenmala?

      Ecotourism programme include trekking to sanctuary from 2hrs to 2 days.

4) What are the Eco-friendly general tourism Programme at Thenmala?

    Eco-friendly General tourism programme include various attractions in and around the Thenmala    dam.The attractions are Leisure Zone, Adventure Zone, Butterfly Safari, Childrens park, Deer       Rehabilitation Center, Boating in the Sanctuary Reservoir and Musical Dancing Fountain.

5) Is Palaruvi and Courtalam nearby?

   Yes, Palaruvi waterfall is 16 kms from Thenmala towards Senkottai/Courtalam route and       courtalam is 30Kms from Thenmala.

6) How much time is required to see Thenmala?

      To enjoy all attractions at Thenmala minimum two days time (48 hrs) is needed. One can chose        a picnic to Thenmala by opting the park package, One night package and two night package.
7) I would like to read more about the Ecotourism programmes?
    Soft Trekking

4 kms covered in 2 hrs. Trekking fee is Rs.60/- per adult, 60/- per child, International Tourist Rs.120/-. This guided trekking programme starts from facilitation center with a minimum of 5 trekkers or on equivalent payment of Rs.300/-. Main attraction is to see the Myristica Swamp Forest which can be seen only in this part of the country. The walk along the reservoir is scenic and beautiful. This trekking is through a jungle which is not part of the Shenduruney wildlife sanctuary. Animal sighting depends on your luck. Birds and reptiles are in plenty. As you know that trekking is preferred by adventure loving tourist who explore at their own risk. Our guide will be there for all sorts of assistance. Trekkers will be brought back to facilitation center in bus from the finishing point which is 3 kms away. Please carry water for drinking and snacks etc if necessary. Avoid littering the forest. Best time for this programme from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.M



    Village Tour

Day trip 37 kms drive one way from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Trekking fee is Rs.730/- per adult, 730/- per child International Tourist Rs.1000/-. This guided safari starts at 8 a.m. from facilitation center in our vehicle with a minimum of 6 trekkers or on equivalent payment of Rs.4380/-. The trip covers Palaruvi waterfall, Aryankavu Shastha temple and Rosemala village. A short walk for 5 kms in and around the forested area of the village is interesting. This village is inside the Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary. Animal sighting depends on your luck. Birds and reptiles are in plenty. As you know that trekking is preferred by adventure loving tourist who explore at their own risk.Our guide will be there for all sorts of assistance.Trekkers will be brought back to facilitation center in  bus. The entry fee to Palaruvi falls,tea snack and vegetarian Lunch will be provided.



    Village tour with night camping

37 kms drive one way from 2 p.m. to 2p.m. next day. Trekking fee is Rs.1750/- per adult,International Tourist Rs.2000/-. This guided safari starts at 2 p.m. from facilitation center in our vehicle with a minimum of 4 trekkers or on equivalent payment of Rs.7000/-. The trip covers Palaruvi waterfall, Aryankavu Shastha temple and Rosemala village. A short walk for 2 kms in and around the forested area of the village is interesting. This village is inside the Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary. Night camping is in camp shed in sleeping mats. Animal sighting depends on your luck. Birds and reptiles are in plenty. As you know that trekking is preferred by adventure loving tourist who explore at their own risk. Our guide will be there for all sorts of assistance.The trekkers will go for a morning trek next day from 7 a.m. to 12. Noon for 10 kms.Trekkers will be brought back to facilitation center in bus. The entry fee to Palaruvi falls,tea snack, vegetarian Dinner,Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.


8) What is there to see in Adventure Zone?
      Forest area with an Elevated walkway, Adventure activities like
        1. Rock Climbing & Rappelling
        2. Short Range (5 Rounds)
        3. Archery (5 Rounds)
        4. Trampoline (10 minutes)
        5. Trust fall (30 min 15 persons)
        6. Pedal Boating (30 min 4 persons)
        7. Coracle ride (30 min 2 persons)
        8. River Crossing
        9. Spider Net
        10. Burma Bridge
        11. Valley Crossing
        12. Flying Fox
9) What is there to see in Leisure Zone?
    Forest garden with pathways, Sculpture garden with 24 sculptures with theme man nature,        boardwalk and suspension bridge.
10) What is there to see in Deer Rehabilitation Center?
        Rehabilitates, Spotted, Sambar and Barking Deer, Has children’s pay lot.
11) What is there to see in Butterfly Safari?
    A research oriented area. A park is planted with the host plants of butterflies which attract       butterflies,moths and Dragon flies for survival. Chances of butterfly sighting best between 9 a.m.        to 10 a.m. or 4 p.m. to 5 p.m
12) What are the timings of Musical Dancing Fountain?
      Daily one show of 30 minutes duration between 7 p.m. and 7.30 p.m except on Mondays. Open         air natures dance.
13) What are the types of accommodation available?
       We offer 5 types of accommodation namely
         1. Dormitory (Bee Hive)
         2. Jungle Camping (The Cocoon)
         3. Canopy hut (Koodu)
         4. Water front hut.(The Nest)
         5. Budget rooms.(The Honey Comb)
14) What facility the dormitory offers?
       1.Capacity 43 adults
       2.Three rooms with attached toilets accommodating 12 persons each.
       3.One hall accommodating 8 people with common toilet.
       4.Per person 140/- + tax
       5.Minimum 10 persons required or on equivalent payment.
15) What facility the Jungle camping (The Cocoon) offers?
        1.Swiss cottage tents with attached bathroom facility with European closet.
        2.Tent size 10 x 12 feet.
        3.The tent has a triple cot and a table two chairs.
        4.Lunch can be ordered at the restaurant nearby.
        5.You will enjoy the wilderness experience.
16) What facility the canopy hut (The Koodu) offers?
        1.Hut on four poles
        2.Attached bathroom and a balcony
        3.You will enjoy the wilderness experience.
17) What facility the Water front hut (The Nest) offers?
        1.Swiss cottage tents with attached bathroom facility with European closet.
        2.Tent size 12 x 14 feet.
        3.The tent has a triple cot and a table two chairs.
        4.Lunch can be ordered at the restaurant nearby.
        5.You will enjoy the riverfront experience.
18) What facility the tourist home (The Honey Comb) offers?
          1.Three rooms with attached bathrooms.
          2.Food can order and have from the restaurant nearby.
          3.You will enjoy the highway experience.
19) Is facility available for freshen up?
         1.Day time only.
         2.Per person 60/- + tax
20) How to book facility in advance?

If you want to book the rooms please call over phone 0475-2344800,0475-2344855 and book it after remitting 50% of the total facility availed as advance to our bank account SBT/SB/67068611539,IFSC code SBTR 0000323 favoring Thenmala Ecotourism.

21) What are the general rules for accommodation facility?
       1.Check in 12 noon check out 11 a.m.
       2.Not a luxury accommodation.
       3. TV, hot water facility, Telephone, Internet, A/c not available.
       4.Mosquito Repellent provided.
       5. Enjoy darkness when current fails.
       6.Cancellation before 24 hrs.
       7. If within 24hrs cancelation fee is 50% of the facility availed.
22) How far is the nearby attractions?
         1. Look Out (4 kms)
         2. Trekking to Pandavanpara.(5kms)
         3. Palaruvi Waterfalls (16 kms)
         4. Ambanad Hills (32 kms)
         5. Kulathupuzha Shastha Temple (10 kms)
         6. Aryankavu shastha Temple (17 Kms)
         7. Achancovil Shastha Temple (36 Kms)
         8. Courtalam waterfalls (34 Kms)