Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

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Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, also known as the Vembanad Bird Sanctuary, is a popular bird sanctuary located in Kumarakom, a village in the Kottayam district of Kerala, India. Situated on the banks of the Vembanad Lake, it is spread across 14 acres and is a haven for both local and migratory birds.

The sanctuary was established in 1991 and is home to a diverse range of bird species. It provides a natural habitat for resident birds as well as serves as a temporary home for migratory birds that flock here during the winter months. The sanctuary’s location along the migratory route of birds makes it an important stopover point for several species.

Over 180 species of birds have been spotted in the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Some of the commonly sighted birds include herons, egrets, waterfowl, cuckoos, owls, kingfishers, and the elusive Siberian cranes. The sanctuary’s wetland ecosystem, consisting of mangrove forests, paddy fields, and canals, attracts a wide variety of avian species.

Visitors to the sanctuary can explore its trails and walkways, offering opportunities for birdwatching and wildlife photography. Boating and houseboat cruises are also available, allowing visitors to navigate the serene waters of the Vembanad Lake and observe birds in their natural surroundings. The best time to visit the sanctuary is from November to February when the migratory birds arrive.

Apart from birdwatching, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary offers other attractions as well. The serene ambiance, lush greenery, and backwater vistas make it a popular tourist destination. Visitors can also engage in activities like fishing, village tours, and exploring the local culture.

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is an ideal destination for nature enthusiasts, bird lovers, and anyone seeking a tranquil escape amidst the beauty of Kerala’s backwaters.

Visiting hours: 06:00 to 18:00 hrs.

Contact Details:
Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) office
Ph: +91 481 2525864
Fax: +91 481 2525862

Getting there

Nearest railway station: Kottayam, about 13 km

Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 94 km

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Opening Hours

Monday: 6 AM–4:30 PM
Tuesday: 6 AM–4:30 PM
Wednesday: 6 AM–4:30 PM
Thursday: 6 AM–4:30 PM
Friday: 6 AM–4:30 PM
Saturday: 6 AM–4:30 PM
Sunday: 6 AM–4:30 PM

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