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Kumily (Malayalam: കുമളി Kumaḷi) is a town in Kerala State in South India. It is in the Cardamom Hills near Thekkady and the Periyar Tiger Reserve, in the Idukki District. It is a major tourist destination and a spices trading center. Kumily is an access point for many Kerala bound merchants and labourers. The place is in close proximity to the bordering places in Tamil Nadu.

Get in

The nearest airport is Madurai and so is the Railway Station but since it is on the Kerala side it would be wise to get in via Kottayam.

Bus from Kottayam. Buses from Tamil Nadu, especially Madurai at a distance of 120 km.

Get around

Taxis and Autorickshaws.


  • Thekkady Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Spice fields.
  • Chellarkovil.
  • Kurisumala.
  • Vandiperiyar.
  • Cheruthoni.
  • Hill View Park.
  • Idukki Arch Dam. This is the world's second and Asia's first arch dam.


  • Spicies. Enjoy the Spicy flavours of Kerala. Walk among the cardomom plantations. Shop for spices.


Spices and Condiments, Various types of Tea (Masala, Vanilla, Coca late, Cardamon), Coffee beans & powder

  • Hilltop Spices, Kumily (Kerala, 685509), 09953865830, 9447472413. Wholesale & Retail Dealers in Cardamom, Pepper, Clove & Cinnamon etc, which are local grown.


Lot of hotels and home stays are available.

  • Jungle View, +919446136407/+914869223582, [1]. checkin: noon; checkout: noon. Budget.
  • The Pepper Valley Stay, (on way to Thekkady), [2]. checkin: noon; checkout: noon. Budget.
  • Woodlands Prime Castle, (on way to Thekkady). checkin: noon; checkout: noon. Budget.
  • Michales Inn, (on way to Thekkady).
  • Dean Dale Cottages, Pepper Valley Street, Kumily (just 1 km away from kumily on Munnar Road), +919895655756/+919447916828 (), [3]. from 400 to 1500 Rs.

Spacious and clean rooms relaxing and excellent value for money homestay runned by a nice local family located in a tranquil area away from the mad crowds.


Lord's Family Restaurant on the main road of Kumily, in the center. The "Navrathan Kurma" is wonderful.

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