a Fork-tailed drongo sitting on a tree

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Kumarakom is a cluster of small islands on Vembanad lake and is home to exotic birds, flora and fauna. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Kerala, is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Kumarakom. This vast sanctuary is sprawled across 14 acres of land and is located in the Kottayam district of Kerala and on the banks of the Vembanad Lake.

A treat to all ornithologists, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, is home to many regional and migratory birds. This Kumarakom wildlife sanctuary shelters a range of migratory birds that travel over 4000 km from western Siberia to Kumarakom. Some of the exotic birds in this sanctuary include waterfowls, cuckoos, water ducks, pelicans, larks, Siberian cranes, egrets, herons and many more. The sanctuary also offers relaxing boat trips around the sanctuary and an opportunity for tourists to witness the beauty of nature.

pelicans near water in a sanctuary
pelicans near water in a sanctuary

Wondering how to reach Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary? Well connected to the county by rail, air and road - reaching Kumarakom is hassle-free. The nearest airport to Kumarakom is the Cochin International Airport, about 80 km away. For guests who wish to travel by road, the Kottayam bus terminal is the best pick and is located 14 km away. The nearest railway station to Kumarakom is the Kottayam railway station, which is approximately 16 km from the city.

Carpeted with lush green trees and emerald backwaters, Kumarakom is the ideal vacation destination. However, for guests who want to visit the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, winter and spring are the ideal seasons to do so. The pleasant weather from September to March is perfect for migratory birds to make Kumarakom their breeding ground.

The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is renowned for the Siberian cranes, as these birds travel over 4000 km from west Siberia to reach Kerala. With a blissful ambience, visitors can witness a few indigenous birds besides the migratory ones. A rare sight to witness is the golden-backed woodpeckers, marsh barriers, booted eagles and Brahminy kites. The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary observatory tower is the ideal spot to spectate these birds without disrupting their natural habitat. This tower is lodged at a distance of 2 km from the entrance and offers a tranquil view of the whole sanctuary. When visiting this sanctuary, don't forget to visit the butterfly garden. This serene part of the sanctuary shelters about 45 species of butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies. Besides bird watching, tourists can also partake in a boat ride activity on the Vembanad Lake and enjoy the bliss of a picturesque view.

pelicans near water in a sanctuary

The perfect abode for nature enthusiasts, Kumarakom offers a serene and verdant view of the backwaters. Visiting Kumarakom soon, but puzzled about the right place to stay? Well,  Rhythm Kumarakom welcomes you and ensures to serve you with great hospitality. Book a stay with us today to enjoy a relaxing and memorable trip in Kumarakom.