12 Kms From Kottayam, Kerala
Water Fowls, Siberian Cranes
June To August
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
12 kms west of Kottayam town is this small village Kumarakom, which has a beautiful bird sanctuary on the banks of the Vembanad Lake and is an ideal place for backwater cruises. The 14-acre sanctuary is an ornithologist's paradise and a favourite haunt of migratory birds like Siberian stork, Egret darter, Heron and Teal. There are also different varieties of local birds like waterfowl, wild duck, cuckoo, owl, water duck etc. The sanctuary is open from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm and the best months to bird watch are between June and August. Close to the sanctuary, in the beautifully wooded ground near the backwaters, is coconut lagoon heritage resort, which is one of India's most discrete holiday destinations. Guests stay in genuine 'Tharawad' (traditional wooden) cottages and love this unique culture.
Wild Population of Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
The main attractions are local birds like the water fowl, cuckoo, owl, egret, heron and the water duck, as well as the migratory Siberian cranes.
Parrots, teal, larks, flycatchers, wood beetle, and other birds are seen here during their respective migratory seasons.
Viewing The Wild at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Houseboats and motor boats are available on hire for bird watching cruises on the lake.
Best Time To Visit the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
The best time to bird watch is between June and August. To watch Migratory birds, November to February is the best time.
The best time to bird watch is between June and August. To watch Migratory birds, November to February is the best time
This 10 acre island on the backwaters is home to may rare varieties of migratory birds from different parts of the world.