Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is situated on the banks of the Vembanad Lake in the state of Kerala. Whether it’s about the location of the sanctuary or the bird population it shelters, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is exotic in both senses. the sanctuary is home to a variety of both domestic and migratory birds. Water Fowls and Siberian Cranes are the biggest draws for travelers arriving at the sanctuary.
The period between the months of June and August is considered to be ideal to make a visit to Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. However, if you are a migratory bird lover, you need to plan your tour to the sanctuary between November and February. To add to the joy of your travel even more, there are motor boats and houseboats offering bird watching cruise along the Vembanad Lake. The sanctuary features a tropical climate throughout the year.
Kumarakom Wildlife Attractions
For a bird lover, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary proves to be a delight. The sanctuary shelters a wide variety of both domestic and migratory bird species. While bird watching in the sanctuary, visitors will truly enjoy spotting local bird species like parrot, lark, teal, water duck, water fowl, heron, egret, cuckoo and owl among others. During the winter season, the Siberian Cranes happen to be major crowd puller for bird lovers. Other bird species usually seen in the sanctuary are flycatchers and wood beetle. To enjoy bird watching and identification of birds, travelers can also hire local guides who will also inform of them of the travel tidbits around Kumarakom.
A major part of the sanctuary is covered by mangrove forests. Vast expanse of green paddy fields and groves of coconut palm attract a lot of avian species to the sanctuary.
Kumarakom Things to Do
Bird watching cruises in the sanctuary is something that no visitor to Kumarakom would ever want to miss. Travellers can hire either a houseboat or a motorboat to set out on a cruise in and around the bird sanctuary in Kumarakom.
The cruise lets you sail along the waters of the Vembanad Lake. During your cruise, you can make a visit to the Pathiramanal Island. The island is known for being home to a variety of migratory bird species. Some interesting legends are associated with the island.
Kumarakom Sanctuary also offers travelers scenic walking tours. The walking track here extends over a distance of one kilometer and a half. While you enjoy the tour, keep your cameras poised because a moment missed is missed forever.
Where to Stay
Kumarakom Lake Resort (5 star), Water Scapes (4 star), Whispering Palms (3 star), Garden Retreat (3 star), Coconut Lagoon, Taj Garden Retreat, Golden Waters.
How to Reach
To reach Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary one can board a flight for Kochi, where the nearest airport is grounded, about 106 kms away from the sanctuary. The nearest railhead is present at Kottayam, some 15 kms from the place. The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation run their buses from Kochi, Trivandrum, Alleppey, Thekkady, Kollam, Kozhikode and Bangalore up to Kottayam. The distance from Kottayam bus stand to sanctuary is about 15 kms. Local buses and taxis are available from the KSRTC bus stand.
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