Came into existence
The Kumily Circle Office started functioning on 18-3-1987 vide GO MS-17/1987/HOME dated 12-3-87. The office was inaugurated by by Sri. Hormis Tharakan, IPS, Director General of Police, Kerala and Sri.M.V.Thomas who held the charge of Kumily Circle.
Kumily Circle jurisdiction area sharing with neighboring Tamilnadu State. The Kumily Police Station building is situated very close to Tamilnadu State. The Police Circle Inspector’s office has been functioning on the first floor of the Kumily Police Station building.
Initially three Police Stations named Kumily, Vandiperiyar, Mullapperiyar , and Cumbummettu falls under Kumily Circle, later Cumbummettu Police Station was included in Nedumkandam Circle vide GO MS-15/95/HOME dated 27-01-95.
Kumily Tourism Police Unit started functioning on 9-10-98 under the supervision of Kumily Circle vide PHQ Order NO-SA 3899/97 Dated 09-07-1998 and DO NO 335/1998-ID dtd 24-09-1998.
Keralites and Tamil originated people are living together in Kumily and Vandiperiyar Stations areas and most of the areas are concentrated by cultivation like Tea, Cardamom, Pepper and other cash crops.
Periyar Wild Life Sanctuary (Thekkady)
Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady, is an example of nature’s bounty with great scenic charm, rich bio diversity and providing veritable visitor satisfaction. Sprawled over an area of 925 Sq .km.Zealously guarded and efficiently managed reserve is a repository of rare, endemic and endangered flora and fauna and forms the major watershed of two important rivers of Kerala, the Periyar and Pamba. It is notable as an elephant reserve and a tiger reserve. The protected area covers an area of 925 km2 . 305 km2 of the core zone was declared as the Periyar National Park in 1982.
The park is often called the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary or Thekkady. It is located high in the Cardamom Hills and Pandalam Hills of the southern Western Ghats along the border with Tamil Nadu. It is 4 km from Kumily.
Mangala Devi Temple
Deep inside the forest of Periyar Tiger Reserve, you will find a 1000 years old ancient temple of Mangaladevi. This is the place, where, Kannaki, a legendary Tamil woman, betrayed all her grudge and transformed herself to be a divine lady (Mangaladevi) showering blessings upon the people on earth.The Temple is opened once in a year on ChitraPournami Day for traditional rituals and worship the rest of the year entry is restricted.
There is a mind boggling legend behind this divine temple of Mangaladevi. Kannagi, the devoted wife of Kovalan, took revenge against killing her innocent husband by accusing him as a thief. It is said that she burnt the whole Madurai city and later she reached the Suruli hills. From here she went to the heaven in Pushpaka Vimana along with Kovalan. Getting inspired from this story, Chera Chenguttuvan, the ancient Tamilakam King, erected this temple of Mangaladevi here. The story of Kannagi was narrated to the Tamil poet, Illango Adigal by Chenguttuvan and later Illango wrote the famous book 'Silappathikaram', the story of Kannagi and Kovalan.
The Mullaperiyar Dam or Mullaiperiyar Dam is a masonry gravity dam on the Periyar River . It is located 881 m (2,890 ft) above mean sea level, on the Cardamom Hills of the Western Ghats in Thekkady, Idukki District of Kerala, South India. It was constructed between 1887 and 1895 by John Pennycuick and also reached in an agreement to donate water eastwards to the Madras Presidency area (present-day Tamil Nadu). It has a height of 53.6 m (176 ft) from the foundation, and a length of 365.7 m (1,200 ft). The Periyar National Park in Thekkady is located around the dam's reservoir. The dam is located in Kerala on the river Periyar, but is owned, operated and maintained by Tamil Nadu state. Although the Periyar River has a total catchment area of 5398 km2 with 114 km2 in Tamil Nadu, the catchment area of the Mullaperiyar Dam itself lies entirely in Kerala.
Pullumedu : Trek Path To Sabarimala
The short trek path leads to the famous Pilgrim Centre Sabarimala pass through Periyar Wild Life Sanctuary via Pullumedu falls under Kumily Police Station limits.
The Sathram is the stop over place of Pilgrims those who are heading to Sabarimala since period from Travancore Dynasty is in Vandiperiyar Police Station Limits.
Major Incidents \ Accidents
The Thekkady Boat tragedy tooks the lives of 45 tourists on 30-09-09 and 101 Ayyappa devotees were loss their lives in Pullumade stampede on 14.1.2011 are the major incidents happened in Kumily Circle. Violent incidents and several law and order situations happened at Kumily in connection with the Mullapperiyar Dam issue between Kerala and Tamilnadu during the period 2011-2012.