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Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Set amidst the splendid backwaters, located at the banks of magnificent Vembanad Lake the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is the paradise of Ornithologists. This amazing bird sanctuary is situated in the lush green village of Kumarakom in the Kottayam district of Kerala. It covers an area of 14 acres, which was developed in a rubber plantation by an Englishman. The Kumarakom Bird sanctuary is the favorite dwelling place of migratory birds, hence it is also known as the ''Queen of Vembanad''.

Due to the favorable climate and geographical conditions thousands of migratory birds from Himalayas and Siberia visit Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary every year.


A large variety of local as well as migratory birds enrich the sanctuary with their melodious chirping.
Local Birds
Waterfowl, Cuckoo, Owl, Egret, Darter, Water Duck, Brahminy Kite, Moorhen, Cormorant, Heron etc.
Migratory Birds
Siberian crane, Lark, Parrot, Garganey Teal, Wood Beetle, Flycatcher, Pin-tailed Duck, Spot-Billed Duck, Marsh Harrier, Osprey, Steppe Eagle and many other birds can be seen during their respective migratory seasons.

Attractions of the Sanctuary

Mangrove Forests, Green paddy fields are coconut grooves are one of the major attractions of the park, as these are also a part of Ecological System of Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Boating in the Vembanad lake, Houseboat and Motorboat Cruise are other pretty adventurous activities of the sanctuary. Besides bird-watching, to feed them, when thousands of birds perch at the same place, is a wonderful experience.

Some Important Informations

Nearest Railway Station
Kottayam Junction (15 km)
Nearest Airport
Cochin International Airport (76 km)
By Road
Kottayam at a short distance of 15 km from Kumarakom, is well connected through state and national highways.
Best Time to Visit
November to February.
Visit Timings
6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m

So come to this wonderful world of birds to explore their numerous rare species along with the cool breeze of nature.
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