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  • It is India's first planned eco-tourism destination, which is gaining popularity due to its unique vistas, bio-diversity and functioning. Situated about 72kms from Thiruvananthapuram, in the District of Kollam, the Thenmala Eco-Tourism shares its resources with the famous Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary at the foothills of the Western Ghats. At Thenmala Eco-Tourism, a visitor is taken care of by its well-trained staff providing guidance and information about the various attractions and facilities, enabling one to move about, explore and experience every bit of this remarkable destination. There are well-placed signboards, direction pointers, and information boards to facilitate one's movement inside the project area. Divided into different zones with a particular theme, the project area currently has three major zones viz. Culture Zone, Leisure Zone and Adventure Zone. Trekking and mountain climbing are also attractions of the place and adventure buffs can visit the place. This place is also ideal for nature walks. There is a waterfall located nearby called the Palaruvi and visiting this is also a good option. The entire place is green and surrounded by trees and forests. Mountain biking is something that has been started recently and this is a good option for those who are seeking thrills.
  • Nakshatravanam
  • A garden comprising of 27 trees associated with the 27 birth stars. You will be blessed to see all the 27 trees planted in the garden. Walk along and get more information on the trees.
  • Butterfly Safari
  • An abode of the butterflies in an open ambience. A garden of host plants for the butterfly has been created enabling the large number of butterfly species of the region to thrive. A guided walk (Safari) along the nature trail of the garden will provide the visitor an opportunity to sight the butterflies and to learn about the butterflies.
  • Musical Dancing Fountain
  • A synchronized rhythmic ballet of water, sound and light located in the natural surroundings. Such a natural ambience is very rare and hence provides a unique and authentic experience.
  • Sculpture Garden
  • The theme of the Garden is Man and Nature. It endeavors to depict the relationship of MAN and his culture with NATURE, in the serene backdrop of a green forest - i.e. unpolluted nature - synchronizing with the Thenmala Forests. Interesting circulation pathways around the sculptures and the integration of the natural features in zone gives the sculpture garden its own exclusivity.
  • Thenmala Dam
  • The Thenmala Dam is a popular ecotourism destination in Kerala. The Dam, which impounds the longest reservoir in the state, was built under the Kallada Irrigation and Tree Crop development project. The construction of the Parappar Dam across the confluence of the Chenduruney, Kazhuthurutty and Kulathupuzha rivers has resulted in the creation of a beautiful artificial lake of about 26 Sq. Km. which spreads along the middle of the Chenduruny Wildlife sanctuary. The Dam and its surroundings is a popular picnic spot. You can do boating in the reservoir, surrounded by the verdant beauty around you. It is a pleasant experience to sail down the long reservoir surrounded by the woods of the Chenduruny Wildlife Sanctuary on both sides of the reservoir.
  • Elevated walkway
  • Elevated path mediating and exploring the drastic level changes in the zone originates from the deck plaza and through the canopy of the trees ends up in the old Thiruvananthapuram Shenkottah road. The walkway flies over rocky areas though the canopy of large trees providing an aerial view of various features here. The traveler can explore the flora and fauna of the region from over the forest canopy. Here in Elevated Walkway, one can hear the songs of the wind, listen to its fancy melody while taking a walk through the canopy of trees. One can also hear the melodious chirps of birds while enjoying a bird's view of the awe-inspiring beauty of Mother Nature.
  • Boating on the Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary
  • One hour boating is available for tourists. Transported to boat landing by battery operated vehicles through forest to sensitize tourists on non-polluting sources of energy. Main sightings are Elephants, Bison, Sambar etc. Unique scenic beauty and hillocks of high lush evergreen forests.
  • Deer Rehabilitation Center
  • Established to give protection to deer that are strayed out from forests. Can see Spotted deer, Sambar deer, Barking deer. Tree top huts available for family day spending. Children's eco-park and short riverside trek are other attractions.
  • Visit Palaruvi Falls
  • 16 km from Thenmala towards Shenkotah you can see 300 ft waterfall amidst evergreen forests. Run and maintained by the committee of Local forest dependent community Known as Palaruvi Vana Samrashana Samithi with technical and financial support by Thenmala Ecotourism Promotion Society.
  • Soft Trekking
  • Soft trekking programmes and night camps for one to three days conducted at Thenmala by National Adventure Foundation. One to three days guided trekking tours and bird watching trails in Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Business Hours
  • Offices: 10:00 to 17:00, Monday to Saturday
    Banks: 10:00 to 14:00, Monday to Friday; 10:00 to 12:00, Saturday
    Post offices: 10:00 to 19:00, Monday to Friday
    Shops: 10:00 to 20:00, Monday to Saturday
  • Electricity
  • 240 volts AC, 50Hz.
  • Health
  • One of the main health problems that visitors to India often encounter is upset stomachs. Visitors are advised to seek the appropriate vaccinations and/or medication to avoid any health dangers before arrival to India. There are no specific vaccinations needed for India.
  • Emergency services
  • Police control room: 100
    Fire station: 101
    Ambulance: 102
  • Language
  • Malayalam is the dominant language in Kasaragod. English is widely spoken, particularly by those working in the tourist industry.
  • Currency
  • The Indian rupee is the currency of choice here. The lowest denomination is 1 rupee with 5, 10, 20 and 100 rupee notes the most commonly used. Changing larger sums like the 500 or 1000 rupee notes often proves difficult.
  • Currency Exchange
  • Few banks in Kasaragod will be able to change international currency. Travellers should make the US dollar the currency of choice when visiting the city, the next best being euros and British sterling. There are ATMs in Kasaragod and this is the best way to get rupees, with a good exchange rate. Just be sure your ATM card is accepted in India.
  • Customs
  • There is no limit to the amount of foreign currency that visitors can bring. Adults 18 years and over can import 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco; 2 litres of alcohol; and 60ml of perfume. Electronic equipment such as laptop and camera or video equipment requires filling out a Tourist Baggage Re-Export form. This is to protect you, as you may be asked to show the form when you leave India. Bringing in any livestock or pork products, live plants, or gold and silver bullion, is not permitted.
  • Etiquette
    • Visitors are expected to abide by local laws, customs and etiquettes.
    • Visitors to most Kerala houses leave their footwear outside before entering the house.
    • Behaviour demonstrating affection in public like hugging or kissing is not an accepted practice in Kerala.
    • Nudity is not allowed in Kerala
    • Footwear inside the temple and entry into the sanctum sanctorum is banned in all the temples.
    • Other customs and codes of conduct and dress in temples across the State vary from each other.
    • Some temples do not permit entry to non-Hindus, while some do. Shirts for men and pants are banned from some temples and allowed in some others. Where they are banned, men have to be in mundus and women, in saris, half-saris or long skirts.
    • At the table, main dishes are served in the middle, while each person takes individual spoons from each plate to their own dish in front of them. Eating is done with the right hand only, as the left is used for personal hygiene. Average tipping is 10%.
  • Visa and Passports
  • For entry into India, you must apply for a visa from your local Indian consulate or embassy before leaving home. You won’t even make it onto the airplane without a visa, so be sure to arrange one beforehand.
  • The majority of Western tourists will be eligible for a 6-month visa for visiting India, which is activated from the moment it is placed inside your passport.
  • Make sure you have at least one passport page free to receive the visa stamp and that your travel document is valid for at least 6 months after your intended departure from India.
  • Carry your visa for entry to India/Kerala on your holiday. For further clarifications, contact the Indian High Commission. For visa extension, contact Office of the Commissioner of Police, Thiruvananthapuram. Ph: 0471-2320579.
  • Tourist Information Offices
  • The Free Travel Information Service is one of the best in town for personal service and trustworthy advice on the area. The District Tourism Office and DTPC Information Centre also offer good services for various matters in Thenmala. Ask at your hotel for contact details.
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