Kottayam, Kerla, India
Picturesque backwaters avifaunal kingdom at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is an
ornithologist's paradise. Though small as compared to other national parks
and sanctuaries in India, this sanctuary is a diamond in India's ecological
crown and a tourists' hotspot. Located on the banks of the Vembanad Lake,
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary provides habitat to various species of resident
birds. Besides this, it is also the favourite haunt in winter seasons for
various migratory birds including rare Siberian Cranes.
The sanctuary is spread over 14 acres on the southern bank of the Kavanar
River. Dusk and dawn are the best time for bird watching when the avian
population leave their nests and fly over the lake. To get more out of
Vembanad lake and the sanctuary exploration, houseboat cruise is the best
way that too provides a lifetime experience.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is formed by the backwaters of Vembanad lake and
Kavanar river. Hence, the sanctuary is replete with mangrove forests, paddy
fields and coconut groves. In the waters, blooming lilies simply amplify the
beauty of the sanctuary.
Apart from large species of resident birds, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is the
favourite abode of some migratory birds from the Himalayas, Central Asia and
Siberia. Among local birds, the main attractions are waterfowl, heron,
cormorant, owl, egret, cuckoo, moorhen, darter, Brahminy kite and duck. The
migratory birds include Siberian crane, lark, flycatcher etc.
Nearby Tourist Destinations
Neighbouring Areas for Spotting Birds
Driftwood museum at Chakranpadi
Best Time to Visit
- Kaipuzha Muttu
- Thollairam Kayal
- Poothanpandi Kayal
The climate at Kumarakom Bird sanctuary remains favourable throughout the
year. The best time to visit the sanctuary is the months between June to
August to watch the resident birds. However, for migratory bird watching,
the period between the months of November and March is preferable.
How to Reach
Nearest airport is the Kochi Airport at a distance
of 106 km.
Nearest railway station is the Kottayam railway
Junction at a distance of 15 km.
Kumarakom is 14 km from Kottayam on State Highway
No. 1, which leads to Kochi and Thiruvanthapuram in opposite directions.
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