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Thenmala in Kerala is the first planned ecotourism destination in India. Predominantly a forest area, Thenmala is a small village, located at the foothills of the Western Ghat Mountains. Thenmala is about 72 km from Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala, the southern most state.The name Thenmala is derived from two words – “Then & Mala", in local parlance. "Then" means honey and "Mala" means hillock i.e. Honey hills. The honey collected from Thenmala forest area is of good quality and of high medicinal value because of the unique floristic composition of the forests.Thenmala also has a good number of spices.
Also known for the presence of spices, this premiere eco-tourism destination is gaining popularity due to its unique vistas, bio-persity and functioning. Situated in the District of Kollam, Thenmala Eco-Tourism shares its resources with the famous Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary at the foothills of the Western Ghats.
Managed by Thenmala Eco-Tourism Promotional Society, which is an undertaking of the Government of Kerala, Thenmala eco-tourism hotspot is a unique destination from a visitor’s point of view. It has equal opportunities for fun, adventure, leisure and for learning the significance and necessity of eco-friendly measures for promoting tourism related activities.
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