Kumily is the largest Gram Panchayat in the Idukki district of Kerala. It is a town in Cardamom Hills near Thekkady and Periyar Tiger Reserve. Kumily is gateway town in Kerala to Tamil Nadu.

Plantation Town
Tea plantations at Kumily
Tea plantations at Kumily
Kumily is located in Kerala
Location in Kerala, India
Kumily is located in India
Kumily (India)
Coordinates: 9°37′0″N 77°9′0″E / 9.61667°N 77.15000°ECoordinates: 9°37′0″N 77°9′0″E / 9.61667°N 77.15000°E
Country India
Named forThekkady tourist spot
 • Total816.73 km2 (315.34 sq mi)
880 m (2,890 ft)
 • Total33,722
 • Density412/km2 (1,070/sq mi)
 • OfficialMalayalam, Tamil, English
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Area code(s)04869
Nearest Town / cityNedumkandam, Theni, Munnar,
Lok Sabha constituencyIdukki
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The present-day Kumily has roots in the colonial period of British. The area was once owned by the Thekkumkoor rajas in central Travancore and later when Marthanda Varma conducted his campaigns in central Travancore, regions including Kumily came under Travancore kingdom. Till the end of the 19th century, the area was given under control of Poonjar kings. But the drastic and significant changes occurred in the region by the advent of British powers. They obtained these regions from the local rulers and transformed the forestlands into cultivatable one. Large-scale production of cash crops like cardamom, pepper, coffee, cinnamon etc. were begun in the hilly terrains. Many people from in and outside Kerala were brought to work in these plantations.[1]


Kumily - panoramio
View from Kumily

Kumily lies in the southeast part of Idukki district with an altitude ranging from 2,890 ft (880 m) from mean sea level. A sizeable portion is covered by vast cardamon plantations and the rest, in the south and southeast portion which is under the premises of Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary are thick forests.


Kumily lies in the NH-183 (previously NH-220) that connects Kollam to Dindigul in Tamil Nadu via Kottayam, Mundakkayam, Kuttikkanam. The state of Tamil Nadu borders the town. It is a major tourist destination and a spices trading centre. The nearest airport is Madurai (145 km) and railway Station is Theni. The famous pilgrim centre Sabarimala is 105 km from Kumily. Kumily is well connected by Kottayam through KK road passing through Vandiperiyar, Pambanar, Mundakayam, Kanjirappally, Ponkunnam, Pampady, Manarkadu.

Kochi can be reached by using KK road up to Ponkunnam and deviate to Pala, Kaduthuruthy, Thalayolaparampu, Thripunithura, and Vytilla.

Angamaly can reached by Mundakayam, Kanjirappally, Ponkunnam, Pala, Thodupuzha, Muvattupuzha, Perumbavoor, and Kalady.


Elephant getting ready for safari in Kumily, thekady 6020
An elephant used for safari in Thekkady
Kumily is photographer's paradise

Kumily is always a special destination for most of the tourists due to its cool refreshing climate. Nearby Tamil Nadu district is Theni, where tourists can see grapes cultivations, Suruli Theertham, Megamalai, Kumabakarai, Vaigai dam etc. Kattappana is the nearby municipality. Famous tourist attractions nearby are Thekkady, Anchuruli(near Kattappana), Ottakathalamedu, Kalvery Mount, Wagamon, Pine forest, Kalyanathandu etc.

See also


  1. ^ "History, Kumily panchayat- details, Periyar, Thekkady, Idukki, Kerala - www.keralatourism.org › periyar". www.keralatourism.org. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
Ebenezer Bible College

Ebenezer Bible College The Ebenezer Bible Institute was established, by the late Pastor Chacko Mani, in 1969 at Kumily in Idukki District of Kerala. In 1979, it was moved to the 14-acre (57,000 m2) campus having road and rail facilities at Kaduthuruthy beside the Kottayam- Ernakulam highway. Kaduthuruthy-Mannar, Kottayam district, Kerala, India. It is accredited to grant Dip.Th.(Malayalam & English), B.Th. (Eng) and M.Div. (Eng) degrees.

Gavi, Kerala

Gavi is a village in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala, India. It is located 28 km southwest of Vandiperiyar, a town in Idukki on N.H 220, the highway connecting Kollam and Madurai.

Ishaara Nair

Ishaara Nair ( Saranya ) is an Indian film actress who has worked in the Tamil and Telugu film industries. She is from a Malayali family from Kerala who is born in Kumily, Kollampattada.


Kanjikkuzhi is a census town in Kottayam district in the Indian state of Kerala.

It is a suburb of Kottayam City. It lies on the Kottayam - Kumily state highway (K.K road).


Koottickal is a Town at the base of Western Ghats mountain ranges in the Kottayam district, Kerala. It is 2,000 feet (610 m) above sea level and is situated on the eastern border of Kottayam District, 55 km from Kottayam, and around 5 km away from Mundakayam on the NH 220 (Kottayam–Kumily Road). There are streams and waterfalls in the surrounding places. The Muthukora Hills (2500 ft above MSL) are nearby. Urban centres in Kottayam and Ernakulam districts can be viewed from the top of Muthukora Hills.

Kumily Priory

St Michael's Priory, Kumily, Idukki, Kerala, India, is a Benedictine monastery of the Congregation of the Missionary Benedictines of Saint Ottilien. The monastery was established in 1987 by Zacharias Kuruppacheril, an Indian secular priest. Located on the western slopes of the Cardamom Hills, around 150 km east of Kochi, the monastery is currently home to 13 monks and 6 brothers in formation. Prior Fr.John Kaippallimyalil is the community's superior.

List of state highways in Kerala

The state highways are arterial routes of a state, linking district headquarters and important towns within the state and connecting them with national highways or Highways of the neighbouring states. There are 72 state highways in Kerala. (SH 4,SH 13,SH 20,SH 24 and SH 35 were upgraded to National highways

National Highway 183 (India)

National Highways 183 (NH 183) is located in India. It connects Kollam in Kerala with Dindigul in Tamil Nadu. Starting from NH 66 in Kollam city – The Cashew Capital of the World, it runs northwards and turns east at Kottayam and runs along the northern border of Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary before crossing the border into Tamil Nadu and end near Dindigul, where it joins NH 83(Coimbatore - Nagapattinam). This highway was previously known as NH 220.

National Highway 185 (India)

National Highway 185 (NH 185) is a highway in India running from Adimali to Kumily through Kattappana and ends in kumily Attapallam Village in Kerala.


Nedumkandam is the headquarters of Udumbanchola taluk which is situated in Idukki district of the Indian state of Kerala. Nedumkandam is among the fastest growing towns in the Idukki district. Nedumkandam is well known for its spices production and is a major contributor to the production of spices like cardamom and pepper. This town situated an average elevation (considering only town region) of 900 meter above sea level and maximum elevation respectively 1190 meter (kailasappara mountain) 1100 meter (Ummakkkada mountain, Kurishupara) and 975 meter (Nedumkandam St. Sebastian's Church Kurishumala ) and is a destination for economical stay and shopping for tourists in the popular Kumily-Munnar tourist route.

Periyar National Park

Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary (PNP) is a protected area near Thekkady in the districts of Idukki, Kottayam and Pathanamthitta in Kerala, India. It is notable as an elephant reserve and a tiger reserve. The protected area covers an area of 925 km2 (357 sq mi). 305 km2 (118 sq mi) of the core zone was declared as the Periyar National Park in 1982. The park is a repository of rare, endemic and endangered flora and fauna and forms the major watershed of two important rivers of Kerala, the Periyar and the Pamba.

The park is often called the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary or Thekkady. It is located high in the Cardamom Hills and Pandalam Hills of the south Western Ghats along the border with Tamil Nadu. It is 4 km (2.5 mi) from Kumily, approximately 100 km (62 mi) east of Kottayam, 110 km (68 mi) west of Madurai and 120 km (75 mi) southeast of Kochi.


Poopara is a village in Idukki district in the Indian state of Kerala. It is located in the cardamom-growing region of Kerala, and also houses a number of tea and coffee plantations. The place also intersects the Munnar - Kumily state highway (SH-19) and Kochi - Dhanushkodi national highway (NH-49). The Anayirankal reservoir is 4 km up the road from Poopara.

Sabarimala Railway

Sabarimala Railway is a proposed 111 kilometres (69 mi) railway line from Angamaly to Erumeli, near Sabarimala that has been sanctioned in the year 1998 by Indian Railways. According to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Kerala State and the Ministry of Railways on January 27, 2016, commercially viable railway projects will be identified and handed over to the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to be fast-tracked on a 51:49 per cent equity basis. SPV has discussed about the extension to Punalur. The currently proposed Sabarimala railway is under PMO - Pro active governs and timely implementation (Pragati); will be monitored by the Prime Minister's Office. Another proposal for this railway line is extend to Trivandrum Central. If this proposed Sabarimala railway is connected to proposed new railway terminal at Nemom near Trivandrum Central via Nedumangad, several long distance trains are supposed to be operated from Nemom Terminal via Punalur ,Nedumangad and Angamaly to Chennai/Bangalore and rest of country. Survey for new lines from Madurai Junction to Kottayam and Dindigul Junction to Cumbum lower camp, Kumily to Sabarimala, ettumanoor to pala also started.

St. Thomas English Medium Higher Secondary School

St.Thomas English Medium Higher Secondary School is a secondary school in Attappallam, Kumily, India.It was founded in 1978 by St. Thomas Forane Church, Attappallam, under the Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Kanjirappally. English is the medium of instruction. Malayalam and Hindi are additional languages.

The school gives education from Kindergarten level to Higher Secondary level. The founders of the school set before themselves the task of providing ideal information to the pupils by fostering in their minds an ardent faith in God, love for their fellomen and true patriotism. These aims are to be realized by imparting moral instruction in addition to general intellectual and physical education irrespective of caste, creed, religion or language, they also made it their mission to spread rays of learning all around.

State Highway 13 (Kerala)

The Kottayam–Kumily Road, better known as K K Road is the State Highway connecting Kottayam and Idukki districts of Kerala state, India. It is designated as State Highway 13 (SH 13) by the Kerala Public Works Department. It shares its route with National Highway 183 (NH 183), and it is 107.9 kilometres (67.0 mi) long.

State Highway 19 (Kerala)

State Highway 19 (SH 19) is a State Highway in Kerala that starts from

Munnar and ends Kumily. The highway is 106.0 km long.

State Highway 33 (Kerala)

State Highway 33 (SH 33) is a State Highway in Kerala, India that starts in Thodupuzha and ends at Kumily road. The highway is 92.1 km long.


Thekkady (Idukki district) is the location of the Periyar National Park, which is an important tourist attraction in the Kerala state of India.


Theni is a town situated in Madurai Region of Tamil Nadu. It is known for the large-scale trading of garlic, cotton, cardamom, grapes, mango and chilli. It hosts the second largest weekly market in Tamil Nadu and the fourth largest in South India.

Theni district Headquarter's is Located in Theni. Theni district is Located in Madurai Region. Nearest City தூங்காநகரம் Madurai Just 76 km from Theni Town..It is well-connected by road to all the important cities in Tamil Nadu. The nearest airport is at Madurai 87 km From THENI - MADURAI Airport Distance .

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