Unplanned trips are always better and memorable. After the semester exams on March 2021, we planned a trip to Thenmala, to enjoy a bike ride. Most of the times, very well planned trips are all postponed indefinitely. Hence we planned this trip for very next day!
Thenmala was only about 65 kilometers from Attingal. We started our trip at 6:00 am, next day. From Attingal, through Kilimanoor & Kadakkal, we traveled along the beautiful rural roads. At Chithara, we made our first stop at a small tea shop. There where a number of local people, commuters, etc. at the shop. We enjoyed sip of tea and bite of "vada" with the sights of morning village scenes. Route busses making their first trip of the day along the roads, people on their morning walk & on the way to job, dogs wandering here and there, everything seems so robotic, like a GTA game!!
After spending about 10 minutes there, we resumed our trip. The next main junction was Madathara, where we enter Thiruvananthapuram - Thenmala State Highway (SH 2). It was a whole different vibe, riding through Trivandrum - Thenmala road. The road is wide enough and was less congested. We could move freely without any traffic congestions, feeling the fresh air and morning breeze. On the way, we can see the entrance Arippa Ecotourism Village where the famous Arippa Bird Sanctuary is situated. This place is said to be a home to over 250 species of birds.
The ride through the road gives a mini forest ride feel. Riding through the beautiful road, enjoying the scenic sights, we reached our first destination Thenmala Dam around 8.40 am.