Coordinates: 9°37′0″N 77°9′0″E / 9.61667°N 77.15000°E / 9.61667; 77.15000
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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°E / 9.61667; 77.15000
Country India
Named forThekkady tourist spot
 • TypePanchayati raj (India)
 • BodyKumily Grama Panchayat
 • Total203.31 km2 (78.50 sq mi)
880 m (2,890 ft)
 • Total30,276
 • Density150/km2 (390/sq mi)
 • OfficialMalayalam, English[1]
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Area code04869
Nearest CityKottayam, Kochi
Assembly constituencyPeerumedu
Lok Sabha constituencyIdukki

Kumily, also spelt as Kumaly is a revenue village and Gram Panchayat in the Idukki district of the state of Kerala. It is a town in Cardamom Hills near Thekkady and Periyar Tiger Reserve. Kumily is a gateway town into Kerala from Tamil Nadu.[2]


The present-day Kumily has roots in the British colonial period. 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 the kingdom of Travancore. Till the end of the 19th century, the area was 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. started in the hilly terrains. Many people from in and outside Kerala were brought to work in these plantations.[3]


As of 2011 Census, Kumily village had population of 30,276 where 15,162 are males and 15,114 are females. Kumily village spreads over an area of 203.31 km2 (78.50 sq mi) with 7,404 families residing in it. The average sex ratio was 997 lower than the state average of 1084. In Kumily, 10.3% of the population was under 6 years of age. Kumily had an average literacy of 90.5% lower than the state average of 94%; male literacy was 93.6% and female literacy was .87.4%.[4]


Two national highways pass through Kumily town.

The nearest railway station is 60 km away at Theni. Madurai International Airport is the nearest airport to Kumily of about 120km km distance.

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  1. ^ "The Kerala Official Language (Legislation) Act, 1969" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Kumily - the plantation town". Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala. Retrieved 8 February 2024.
  3. ^ "History, Kumily panchayat- details, Periyar, Thekkady, Idukki, Kerala - www.keralatourism.org › periyar". www.keralatourism.org. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  4. ^ Kerala, Directorate of Census Operations. District Census Handbook, Idukki (PDF). Thiruvananthapuram: Directorateof Census Operations,Kerala. p. 70,71. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  5. ^ "New highways notification dated March, 2014" (PDF). The Gazette of India - Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  6. ^ "National Highway work from next month". The Hindu. Retrieved 16 September 2016.