About the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, is located on the banks of the well known Vembanad lake or Vembanattu kayal as it is called in the local language Malayalam. The Kumarakom bird sanctuary, spread across 14 acres, is an ornithologist's paradise. The sanctuary is a favourite haunt of migratory birds like the egret, darter, siberian stork, heron, teal etc.
Details of the birds found in Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
You can see variety of migratory birds which flock in thousands, some of them from the Himalayas and some even from the far off Siberia. You can also see native kingfishers come in flaming colours and go for a walk under rookeries of egrets and night herons. While going for walks or cruises on boats you can see some lone golden-backed woodpeckers and the acrobatics of the paradise fly-catchers as well.
The main attractions of the Kumarakom Bird sanctuary are local birds of which you can find many species like the egret, waterfowl, cuckoo, heron, the owl and the water duck. The Birds like Parrots, teal, larks, flycatchers, wood beetle, are seen only during their respective migratory seasons.
Places to visit in and around the Bird Sanctuary
Kaipuzha Muttu, Pathirmanal, Narakathara, Thollairam Kayal, and Poothanpandi Kayal are some of the places in the neighbourhood which are also well known for locating birds.
Pathiramanal Island, literally meaning Sands of the midnight is another island on the lake which can be reached easily by a boat from the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Here also you can find varieties of birds local as well as migratory and some rare birds that fly in from other parts of the world too.
Best time to visit the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
If you just plan to watch local birds June to August that is during the south west monsoon time will be the best period.
If you plan to watch the migratory birds the best time will be November to February.
Accommodations in and around Kumarakom
You can get all types of accommodations in and around the area.
The resort Waterscapes is a cluster of cottages, built on stilts and located among the mangroves of the Vembanad lake. The place by itself is a paradise with the assured solitude, peace and quietness . To know more visit Waterscapes , India Review channel Taj Garden Retreat is a resort located on the banks of the Vembanad lake and was formerly known as Baker's Bungalow. the hotel has 22 rooms and also have newly constructed Luxury Villas, heritage rooms and charming cottages.
Backwater Ripples is another resort which is located on the banks of the Vembanad lake, spread out in an area of 7 acres with meticulously decorated exteriors. There are 34 airconditioned luxury cottages and executive rooms with well furnished and best amenities one can offer.
Lake Village is a typical Kerala village with the heritage and traditions imbibed into them. you can have and feel silent backwaters, go for boating, fishing etc. They have wooden houses, garden bathrooms, herbal gardens and a cultural centre among many other things at the lake Village. There is one unique feature in the rooms that you cannot find in other hotels and resorts around Kumarakom is that guests can fish from the lake, straight from their sit-outs. Cocobay Resort at Kumarakom is another sought after resort with 22 well furnished rooms and a traditional and ethinic ambience. You can have the most modern facilities one might need like refrigerator, TV, coffee / tea maker and designer bathrooms as well.
How to Reach Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Kumarakom is 14 kilometers from the town Kottayam. State Highway No. 1 which connects Kochi and Thiruvanthapuram passes through Kumarakom
You have to reach Kochi airport at Nedumbassery which is located at about 106 kilometers from Kumarakom or Kottayam railway station to go to Kumarakom.