Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary Kottayam District Kerala

Kumarakom - Bird Sanctuary Located on the banks of the Vembanad Lake, the bird sanctuary is spread across 14 acres.It has well laid out paths for moving around within the sanctuary. Beyond the sanctuary one can take a boat ride in Vembanad Lake or along the Kavanar River.A visit to the bird sanctuary, set within the lush acres of wooded land nearby, acquaints you to the variety of migratory birds that flock in thousands, some from the Himalayas, some even from as far as Siberia. In addition, you can get thrilled of the native kingfishers ablaze in psychedelic colours, experience a walk under rookeries of egrets and night herons or lone golden-backed woodpeckers and even delight in the acrobatics of the paradise fly-catchers Pathiramanal (sands of midnight), an enchanting island on the lake, can be accessed by boat from here. This 10 acre island on the backwaters is home to many rare varieties of migratory birds from different parts of the world. According to mythology a young Brahmin dived into the Vembanad Lake to perform his evening ablutions and the water madeway for the land to rise from below. The island can be accessed only by boat. A cruise along the Vembanad Lake is the best way to experience the sanctuary..
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary Kottayam District Kerala 
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.

Best Time To Visit 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

HOW TO GET THERE
Nearest railway station - Kottayam, about 16 km.
Nearest airport: - Cochin International Airport, about 76 km from Kottayam town.
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