Kumily

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Kumily
Plantation Town
Tea plantations at Kumily
Tea plantations at Kumily
Kumily is located in Kerala
Kumily
Kumily
Location in Kerala, India
Kumily is located in India
Kumily
Kumily
Kumily (India)
Coordinates: 9°37′0″N 77°9′0″E / 9.61667°N 77.15000°E / 9.61667; 77.15000Coordinates: 9°37′0″N 77°9′0″E / 9.61667°N 77.15000°E / 9.61667; 77.15000
Country India
StateKerala
DistrictIdukki
ZoneIdukki
Named forThekkady tourist spot
Area
 • Total816.73 km2 (315.34 sq mi)
Elevation
880 m (2,890 ft)
Population
(2001)
 • Total33,722
 • Density412/km2 (1,070/sq mi)
Languages
 • OfficialMalayalam, Tamil, English
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
685509
Area code(s)04869
Nearest Town / cityNedumkandam, Theni, Munnar,
Lok Sabha constituencyIdukki

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.

History[edit]

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]

Topography[edit]

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.

Transportation[edit]

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.

Tourism[edit]

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[edit]

References[edit]

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