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Best Time: Sep-Apr Read More

Ideal duration: 1 day

Nearest Airport: Kochi Check Flights

"Spice gardens and plantations"

Kumily Tourism

Separating Kerala and Tamil Nadu, this quaint little town is best known for its plantation walks, diverse wildlife, boating and trekking and its Ayurvedic massages.

Expansive spice gardens enthral tourists. One must also visit the Kalari Centre where performers perform the unique martial arts form of Kalaripayattu. The primary tourist attraction here are the plantations and a walk through them is sure to give you an enjoyable experience. One can also enjoy boating and trekking as well as watching the huge variety of wildlife. Another place to visit is the Abraham's Spice Garden.

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Spicing the routes of Kerala

Situated amidst the lush green Cardamom Hills, Kumily is a picturesque town majorly known as Spice Capital of Kerala. The lush green tea plantations, spice gardens and the nourishing breeze are all reasons why you must visit Kumily. The quaint town also offers rejuvenating ayurvedic massages, and contrasting amazing trekking experience to its visitors down and up the mountain slopes near Thekkady through Kurisamala or Pandikuzhi. The main tourist attraction of Kumily is its Spice Market. You can return home with a collection of spices, spice chocolates, spice preserves, teas, and coffee.

Restaurants and Local Food in Kumily

Local Malayalee food is popular and easily available. Food in local toddy shops lets you experience the best and most colorful of what the town has to offer. Also, one can try the popular Toddy- a local alcoholic brewery made from coconut water without which your experience of Keralan cuisine remains incomplete.
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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kumily, head to visit the tea estates around the city, have a cup of tea, it will be one of a kind experience. Head towards Kadathanadan Kalari Center in Kumily that offers you an opportunity to see skilled performers of Kerala's unique martial art called "Kalaripayattu." You can also visit the Spice Market of Kumily and buy some spices to take back home.

Day 2: You can opt for forest trekking or wildlife related activities near the mountain slopes of Kurisamala and Pandikuzhi. Experience the exciting bamboo rafting, leisure cruise in Periyar, ride till kuttikanam and later indulge yourself in rejuvenating ayurvedic massages to shed off the stress. Take up a night watch accompanied by the forest authorities and forest guards to experience the wildlife in the dark nights.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Lush green environment, Waterfalls, spice gardens and wildlife reserves. Round the clock local transportation available. Good food.

What's Not So Great?

Monsoons are soppy making it slightly difficult to enjoy.

For Whom?

Fantastic for people who are nature lovers. A perfect destination for trekking enthusiasts, family vacations and couples looking for a romantic destination.

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How To Reach Kumily

The nearest railway station is Theni, 62 km away from Kumily. This is well connected to most of the major cities in India. The town of Kumily is well connected with Kottayam and Kochi by roads and railways. The nearest airports are Kochi and Madurai which are respectively around 103 km and 109 km away from Kumily. Taxis and Buses are easily available from Madurai to Kumily.

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