A Trip to Kumily with KSRTC in 1984

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.

A trip from Tamil Nadu to Kumily  in 1984. This is part one of the video of that trip. The video was discovered recently while transferring old VHS tapes into DVD’s.

Video : Jos Thari

Kumily is gateway town in Kerala to Tamil Nadu.

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.

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.

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.