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Thenmala

It is Indias 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. The word Thenmala in the local language Malayalam has an interesting meaning. Then means honey and Mala means hill and they combine to mean Honey Hill. It is believed that the honey collected from this region is of very good quality owing to its unique biological settings. Managed by Thenmala EcoTourism Promotional Society, which is an undertaking of the Government of Kerala, Thenmala Eco tourism is a unique destination from a visitor 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. 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 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.       Book Now



Punalur Suspension Bridge

Punalur is a city situated near the Tamil Nadu Kerala border in the Kollam district, in the southern State of Kerala, India. It is situated on the banks of the Kallada River, receiving its name from two Tamil words punal, meaning water and ooru, meaning town, therefore town of water. It is about 45 km north east of Kollam and 75 km north of Thiruvananthapuram. Punalur is the headquarters of Pathanapuram Taluk, the gateway to Western Ghats. It is also known as the Lap of the western ghats. Punalur Suspension Bridge or Hanging Bridge, the ONLY ONE in Kerala and possibly in the World was built by Albert Henry, a Scottish Engineer, across the Kallada River in the year 1877. This bridge was made for vehicle movements and was made by suspending huge spans. The Punalur Suspension Bridge took more than six years to complete. Story goes that people were hesitant to walk on the bridge and hence the engineer and his family passed under the bridge in a country boat while six elephants walked on the bridge to gain the trust of the people. The bridge was constructed with the aim of preventing wild animals intruding the human settlements of Punalur which was then covered with dense thick forest on one side. A concrete bridge would allow the animals to pass, but a suspension bridge would not. This is because of the fact that the bridge would start shaking if someone passed on it and this will scare the wild animals away. The bridge is supported by four deep wells, and the iron rods of the bridge are connected to the clips in the well.       Book Now



Thenmala Dam

Thenmala Parappar Dam, the main dam of Thenmala which is the heart of Kallada Irrigation Project, the oldest irrigation project of Kerala. Parappar dam is having the longest dam reservoir among the dams of Kerala. Eventhough the dam hydel project is focussed on Irrigation process named as Kallada Irrigation Project electricity is also generated here. So its a hydro electric dam cum irrigation project. The dam reservoir spreads through the shenthurini wildlife sanctury in the valleys of western ghat mountain ranges. Thenmala dam is also called Parappar dam as the dam is situated in the place called Parappar near to Thenmala. Parappar dam is an earthen dam which is relatively small in size and broad in base built with rock, sand clay etc. Earthen dams are also termed rockfill dams depending on materials used.. The biggest earten dam of Kerala is the Banasura project in Wayanadu district. Parappar dam is built across Kallada river which is nourished with its main three river tributaries, Shentharuni, Kulathupuzha and Kalthuruthi puzha. All the three tributary rivers orginates from the Kulathupuzha ranges of Western ghats. The possibilities to build a dam across river Kallada and develop the irrigation project is considered even before 1958. Even then the hydro irrigation project works got started officially by 1961only, after the project got sanctioned by the Government of Kerala and an estimate of 13.28 crores was alloted. But the growth, health and functioning of this project is still in progress, pretty funny huh. The project money had increased more than 600 crores from its initial estimate and then again increased to 728 crores by 1999 making it one of the costly irrigation projects of Kerala.      Book Now


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