The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a world famous bird sanctuary and a birdwatcher’s paradise. This bird sanctuary is located 16 kms from Kottayam on the banks of the Vemband lake is a must see destination in Kottayam. One of the main attractions of Kumarakom includes the Bird sanctuary spreading over 14 acres of land, which used to be a rubber plantation during the reign of British empire. The sanctuary is a favourite haunt of migratory birds like the Siberian Stork, egret, darter, heron and teal. Local birds like the water fowl, cuckoo, owl and water hen, other common varieties like the wood pecker, sky lark, crane and parrots can be spotted here. All together there are 91 Species of local 50 species of migratory birds, which makes the sanctuary a must see destination Kottayam.
The best time to watch the local birds are during the months of June-August and migratory birds during November-February. A cruise along the Vembanad Lake is the best way to experience the sanctuary. House Boats and motorboats are available on hire for watching birds that lives the Lake.
Cochin international airport 77.2 km.
Kottayam bus station, Nagampadam , 17.0 km.
Kottayam railway station 17.5 km.
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