Located in the Cardamom Hills, Kumily is a beautiful town in Idukki District of Kerala. Situated at a distance of approximately six km from Thekkady, the place serves as the trading centre of spices. The destination is known for its strategic location in the middle of other regions in southern India.
It is a famous tourist place, which attracts large number of travellers, owing to its natural beauty and rustic appeal of its markets. Apart from the markets, Periyar Wildlife and Tiger Sanctuary and Abraham's Spice Garden are the two most prominent attractions of Kumily. For adventure lovers, Kumily is one of the ideal locations for trekking. In addition to trekking, tourists visiting the destination can also enjoy boat cruises.
At Kumily, spices are worth a purchase as they are popular for their aromatic flavour. Packages of spices are seen sold in solid, transparent packets. Their aroma, their culinary value and freshness make them a must buy. Various products produced with spices like spice chocolates, spiced preserves and specialty teas and coffees are also sold. One can also buy jute and bamboo products, fine quality fenugreek, the traditionally made banana chips, traditional pickles of Kerala and more.
Apart from the traditional handloom of Kerala, many antique items are also on display that includes traditional lamps, kitchenware, household utensils, handcrafted items like rosewood and sandalwood sculptures, batiks etc are find many takers at the Kumily market.
The nearest airport to Kumily is Madurai Airport, which is located at a distance of 151 km from the destination. Trains are also available, which are served by Kottayam Railway Station, located at a distance of 106 km.
In addition to trains and flights, buses are also available, which operate from places like Madurai and Kottayam. With the climate being tropical, the town of Kumily normally experiences extremes all year round with summers being hot and winters that are pleasantly cold. The best time to visit Kumily is from the month of September through March.