Kumily, located on the hinterland of well-known Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, is a plantation town, and quite close to the Thekkady. Kumily is an active town, bustling with spice trade and amazing life. The tourist spot is also famous among Sabarimala devotees and workers, who regularly visit Kumily. Kumily is enjoyable through the year, with mean minimum temperature of 16 degree Celsius and the mean maximum temperature of 31 degree Celsius.The attractive mist-clad hills of Kumily can be thought of visiting anytime of the year.
There are outstanding roadways transportation to Kumily from Kottayam, operating from KSRTC bus stand and the Nagampadom Private Bus stand. It is approximately 4 to 5 hours of journey. Kumily has good accessibility from Madurai. Thekkady lies at an approachable distance of 4 kms. from Kumily. The forest department has scheduled a bus service to the sanctuary from Kumily. Walking or cycling through the sheltered roads can turn out to be an exploration for tourists.
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The best thing to shop while you are in Kumily is the spices, which are known for their aromatic flavor as well as culinary value. This small plantation town has several spectacular shopping hubs, offering variety of species of flowers, bamboo products, jute, banana chips, superior quality Fenugreek, special natural teas and coffees.
If handloom fabric is desired by you, Kumily is the right place for you. It presents silk and other handlooms from states like Kashmir, Gujarat, etc. Antique items such as traditional lamps, household utensils, kitchenware, and furniture can also be bought.
Handcrafted items such as rosewood and sandalwood sculptures, batiks etc. are the popular buy in Kumily Market. The market is popular for several Kashmiri emporiums, where you can find the white or light-colored costumes. These costumes have typical, elegant looking embroidery done on them. Kumily also offers gorgeous handloom fabrics. Apart from the traditional handloom of Kerala, handloom from those of other states like Gujarat, Kashmiri etc., also available here. Many traders from North India have set up stores here to sell their silk and their regional handloom.
The Café is run under the aegis of Periyar Wildlife Staff Co-operative Society. It is a great area to shop snacks, T-Shirts, books on the wildlife etc. Wildlife and nature enthusiasts frequent this area when they are on a trip to Kumily. Tourists can also search for several unique emblems and artifacts, set on the theme of wildlife. It is a great experience altogether.
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