One of the favorite haunts of migratory birds in India, Kumarakom bird sanctuary is located on the banks of Vembanad Lake in the Kottayam district of Kerala. This diversified topography is spread over an area of 14 acres and is home to a decent population of birds like Heron, Egret, Kingfisher, Water fowl, Siberian Stork, Crane, flycatcher, steppe-eagle and teal. Besides the abundance of birds, proximity to the enchanting backwaters also adds on to the sanctuary’s highlights.
Best thing about Kumarakom is its means of bird viewing. As the sanctuary is surrounded by the backwaters, houseboats or motorboats are considered fit for bird watching. One can also make use of the locally made rice boat to get close to the birds undisturbed as they play in their natural habitat. Cruising along the placid waters of the Vembanad certainly adds to the delight of a bird watcher.
Best time to visit
Kumarakom bird sanctuary is home to a lot of species of birds that include both the domestic as well as migratory birds. The migratory birds are known to fly all the way from the high altitude regions of the Himalayas, while some species even flock down from Siberia. Thus, in order to spot these rare wandering birds, November to February is the best time. On the other hand, the time between the months of June and August is also a favorable time to watch the exotic and endangered species of birds.