Situated in Kottayam district in Kerala, the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is an ornithologist’s paradise. It is located close to Kumarakom village in Kuttanad region which has become synonymous with backwater tourism in Kerala.
A favourite haunt of migratory birds like the Siberian stork, egret, darter, heron and teal, the sanctuary is situated on the eastern bank of Vembanad Lake and is spread across 14 acres.Kumarakom bird sanctuary, spread across 14 acres, has an interesting variety of birdlife.
Alfred George Baker is believed to have laid the foundations of Kumarakom village and the bird sanctuary by reclaiming 500 acres of wetlands from the Vembanad lake during the 1840s. Baker’s descendant Henry developed the plantation into an attractive bird sanctuary. The sanctuary was formerly known as Baker’s Estate
If you are a bird enthusiast, visit the sanctuary between June and August, the breeding season of resident wetland birds such as Indian Darter, Little cormorant, different species of egrets and herons, white ibis, several species of kingfishers, etc. Between the months of November and May, the bushes and woods of the sanctuary play host to some rare migratory birds. The main attractions are waterfowl, egret, heron, cormorant and Brahminy kite. Migratory birds from Himalayas and as far away as Siberia make the sanctuary their home during winter between November and May. Siberian cranes are the most prominent visitors to the park.
The best time to visit Kumarakom sanctuary to watch birds is from June to August. November to February is the best time to watch migratory birds.
Bird lovers can also take a boat trip to the nearby Kaipuzha Muttu, Pathiramanal, Narakathara, Thollayiram Kayal and Poothapandi Kayal to watch local birdlife and migrants which could easily be more than a hundred species.
Waterscapes, the backwater resort of Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) situated near the sanctuary, has independent cottages built on stilts.
Visiting hours: 0600 to 1800 hrs
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary