12 kms from Kottayam, Kerala
Prime Attractions :
Siberian Cranes, Waterfowls, Cuckoos
How to Reach :
Nearest airport is Cochin International Airport (70 kms), Nearest railhead is Kottayam (14 kms), Kumarakoam is connected by State highway and National Highway with rest of the country.
Where to Stay :
Accommodation is available at Kumarakom Tourist Complex.
Ideal Time To Visit :
The best time to visit the bird sanctuary is between June and August . To watch migratory birds November to February is the ideal time.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary - A Must-see For Bird Watchers
Situated on the banks of the picturesque Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is famous all over the world for its avian population. Known as an ornithologist's paradise, the bird sanctuary spreads over an area of 14 acres. Set amidst the lush wooded land, the sanctuary provide the close view of the variety of migratory birds, that come from Himalayas or far places like Siberia. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a favourite haunt of migratory birds such as the Siberian Cranes, Egrets, Darters, Herons and Teals. The park also houses large number of local birds like Waterfowls, Cuckoos and Owls. The natural beauty and varied activities of native Kingfishers, Egrets, Herones, Golden-Backed Woodpeckers and acrobatics of the paradise Fly-catchers fascinate the visitors. The best way to watch the avian population of the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a boat trip round the islands.
Prime Attractions of the Sanctuary
Fauna of the Park
The fauna of the sanctuary mainly include the avian species both resident as well as migratory birds. Migratory birds which visit the sanctuary every year are Siberian Cranes, Egrets, Darters, Herons, Parrots, Larks, Flycatchers, Wood Beetles and Teals. Resident bird species include Waterfowls, Cuckoos, Owls, Egrets, Herons and the water duck.
Flora of the Park
The bird sanctuary is an amazing paradise of mangrove forests, emerald green paddy fields and coconut groves. The landscape interspersed with interesting waterways and canals has added beauty of White Lilies.