.Thenmala is a very popular tourist place near Punalur in Kollam district. India's first eco tourism project is located at Thenmala. Thenmala is located about 72 kms from Thiruvananthapuram. This is a predominantly forest area in the Western Ghats. Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the major attractions of this place.Other places of tourist importance are Thenmala Dam, Palaruvi, the adventure zones etc. Palaruvi Waterfalls is only 16km from Thenmala. The main attraction is a 300 foot-high waterfall which looks like a Stream of milk and hence the name Palaruvi.Thenmala (Parappar) Dam is a centre of attraction at Thenmala. It is built under Kallada Irrigation Project. The Thenmala Eco-tourism Project has a threefold strategy, that involves eco friendly general tourism, eco tourism and pilgrimage tourism. The culture, adventure, and leisure zones fall within the project area.

Leisure Zone
The major attractions of leisure zone are sculpture garden and the Board Walk. The 250-metre Boardwalk along the banks of the river brings out the beauty of the
Thenmala hills, the dam and the flowing water.

Adventure Zone
The adventure zone is located on the other side of the leisure zone. The attractions are the elevated walkway, mountain biking facility, rock climbing, river crossing, small nature trials, lotus pond, etc.

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