The place takes the name from the legendary Pandavas, as described in the great Indian epic 'Mahabharata'. Pandavan Para or the Rock of the Pandavas, located at Urukunnu, near Thenmala in Kollam District is an ideal picnic spot.
Thenmala is accessible from Kollam as well as Thiruvananthapuram. From Kollam, one has to take the Shencottah Road, going via Punalur, and from Thiruvananthapuram, one has to take the Nedumangadu-Kulathupuzha-Shencottah road to reach Urukunnu, located 3 kms from Thenmala. Those coming from Thenmala town have to take the road going to Ottakkal, about 3 kms away and take a right turn to reach Urukunnu. Those coming from Kollam side have to follow the Punalur-Urukunnu road. After reaching Urukunnu, one would find a small shrine of Lord Siva at the base of a hill. Alight at this point and start walking up a track through a rubber estate that takes to the top of Pandavan Para. It is not a hard climb, and people of all age groups in good health can easily negotiate the climb.
Along the trek, from various vantage points one can have splendid views of different sections of Thenmala like the adjoining hills, forests, the Kallada Dam and the lake behind it and the railway line that passes by the mountain bases and over arched stone bridges.
As the climb reaches the top, you find a rocky outcrop, with two pedestal rocks on the northern side and a temple towards the south. The air here is crisp, fresh and surrounding view is simply magnificent. The place has few caves on its eastern flank, and these are believed to be used by the Pandavas, during the time of their exile.
Nearest railway station: Kollam Junction, about 66 km
Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 72 km away