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Monday, February 8, 2010

Thenmala Ecotourism, Trivandrum to Thenmala distance, route, accomodation

Thenmala (Honey Hills) is located about 72kms from Thiruvananthapuram in Kollam district at the foothills of Western Ghats and predominantly a forest area. Thenmala Ecotourism is India's first planned ecotourism destination.

Location
From Trivandrum Central
Thampanoor - Palayam - Kowdiar - Nedumangad - Palode - Kulathupuzha - Thenmala
72 Kms

Elevated walk, Adventure Zone Thenmala Ecotourism

The Thenmala ecotourism project is divided into four zones. Entrance ticket for each zone has to be collected from the Tourism facilitation centre and separate tickets for each activities can be collected at the spot.



CULTURE ZONE
This zone accommodates various activities, which favours Ecofriendly General Tourism. Restaurant, Shop court, Amphitheatre etc help the tourists understand the Kerala cusines, Kerala crafts and natural wealth and Kerala's Art, Culture etc. An open air Musical Dancing Fountain which is considered, as "Natures Dance" is another major attraction here.

LEISURE ZONE
This zone caters to the needs of tourist exploring the inherent qualities of the zone - the drastic level changes, favorable views etc. The boardwalk and the sway bridge explore potential viewpoints. The plazas, the view deck and the courts expose the tourists to a different vocabulary of landscape. The sculpture garden , water features etc are other important attractions here.

ADVENTURE ZONE

The activities in this zone favors adventure tourism. The attractions in this area are the Elevated Walkway, The Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, River Crossing, Nature Trails, Resting Spots, Lotus Pond, etc. The nature trail winding through various areas of the zone attracts a large number of nature tourists.

Tourism helpline is available which explains about the above zones at the felicitation centre.

ACCOMMODATION
Dormitory facility (Capacity 42 visitors) Rate Rs.85/- per person. (4 rooms. 2 attached toilet each for two rooms, sleeping bags provided, food extra arrange with KTDC restaurant in the same premises)
Ph: 0475-2344800

Local & Tented Accommodation Local & Tented Accommodation Carrying tents inside the adventure zone. Toilet facility at 100 m distance. Maximum 8 tents for 16 persons. Timing 6.p.m to 08.00 a.m Rate Rs.400/ 1000/- per tent for 2 persons. Rs.500 per tent for 2 persons for international tourist Food extra. Cary mat sleeping bag provided.
Ph: 0475-2344800

KTDC Motel Aaram Palaruvi
(Ph: 0475-2211600)
E-mail: ktdc@vsnl.com

KTDC Motel Aaram Kalayanad (16 Kms from Thenmala)
(Ph: 0475-2231050)
E-mail: ktdc@vsnl.com

CONDUCTED TOURS
From Thiruvananthapuram KTDC (Ph 0471-2330031)
From Kollam DTPC Kollam (Ph 0474-2745625, 1364)
From Pathanamthitta DTPC Pathanamthitta (Ph 0473-2229952/2326409)
From Alapuzha DTPC Alappuzha (Ph: 0477-2251796, 2253308)
From Kottayam DTPC Kottayam (Ph: 0481-2560479)
From Ernakulam DTPC Ernakulam (Ph: 0484-2383988, 2367334)

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