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Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary


Situated on the eastern banks of the Vembanad Lake is the popular Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary in Kottayam district of the Indian state of Kerala. Nestled in the backwaters of Kerala, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a bird watchers’ paradise and is frequently visited by migratory birds.

Spread over an area of about 14 acres, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary boasts of some interesting variety of birdlife that proves to be a birdwatchers’ delight. Some of the species that you can spot here are Indian Darter, Little cormorant, different species of Egrets and Herons, White Ibis, several species of Kingfishers, among others. This apart, between November and May, the bushes and woods of the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary play host to some rare and exotic migratory birds.

In addition, the Vembanad Lake body invites waterfowl like pin-tailed duck, garganey teal, spot-billed duck, birds of prey like osprey, marsh harrier, and steppe eagle, among others. Bird lovers may also take a boating trip to the nearby places like Kaipuzha Muttu, Pathiramanal, Narakathara, Thollayiram Kayal and Poothapandi Kayal to watch local birdlife and migrants, which could easily be more than a hundred species.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary in Kumarakom is between June and August and then between November and May when the weather is pleasant enough to explore the outdoors.


The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is also known as Vembanad Bird Sanctuary because it is situated on the eastern banks of the Vembanad Lake.


Although the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is open to the visitors from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm it is advisable to visit sanctuary as the dawn breaks as that is the time when the birds gear up for their day.

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