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Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Kottayam (Kerala), India Photo Gallery

Facts & Figure

Area : 14 Acres
Altitude : 914m to 1066m
Temperature Range : 35°C to 15°C
Best time to Visit : June to August and
November to February

About Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is highly rich in its sheer scenic beauty. It is rightly known as a heaven to birds. The great collection of birds here is a remarkable thing. The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is located on the banks of the Vembanad Lake, Kerala, India. This bird sanctuary is spread over across 14 acres of land. Also known as the ornithologist's paradise, the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is one of the most favorite hubs of migratory birds. The prominent species include the Siberian stork, egret, darter, heron and teal.

Kumarakom bird sanctuary happily hosts more than a few hundred varieties of native birds. Every year, over 60 species of migratory birds flock here in large numbers. The Kumarakom bird sanctuary is also celebrated for a large variety of fish, mussels and crabs.

Flora, Fauna and Birds of Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Flora : The landscape of Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is replete with mangrove forests, green paddy fields and coconut groves. Blooming lilies enhance the beauty of the park and attract a number of visitors.

Birds : The Kumarakom bird sanctuary is celebrated for its flora and fauna. The prime attractions here are very beautiful local birds like cuckoo, egret, owl, the water duck, heron and the waterfowl. To add to the beauty there is the migratory Siberian cranes. Other migratory birds include well-known names such as Parrots, flycatchers, wood beetle, larks, and many others. These birds could be found during their respective migratory seasons only. One can also see a variety of species of butterflies and moths flutter by. There are many species of mudskippers, crabs, and turtles on the shoreline. One can also find fish and even crocodiles deeper in the water.

Fauna : Along with the birds, the animals that increase the majesty of this place include Bears, Elephants, civet cats, lion-tailed macaque, Deer, monkeys, Tigers, Nilgiri Tahr, Wild Pigs, Leopards, leopards, deer, squirrels including the Malabar giant squirrel.. Also there are many varieties of snakes like Python, Cobra, Ciper, Rat Snake, and Iguana. Nobody should miss to see birds like Hornbills, Wood Peckers and King Fishers.Along with the birds, the animals that increase the majesty of this place include Bears, Elephants, civet cats, lion-tailed macaque, Deer, monkeys, Tigers, Nilgiri Tahr, Wild Pigs, Leopards, leopards, deer, squirrels including the Malabar giant squirrel.. Also there are many varieties of snakes like Python, Cobra, Ciper, Rat Snake, and Iguana. Nobody should miss to see birds like Hornbills, Wood Peckers and King Fishers.

Special Attraction in Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Enjoy Houseboat and motorboat Cruise : This is perhaps the most popular way to sight the bird population of the park. On board the houseboats and motorboats, it becomes possible to sight a number of birds without actually disturbing them. What makes these cruises all the more special is the kind of tranquility felt while sailing through the serene waters of the Vembanad Lake. The Island of Pathiramanal ( meaning Sands of night) which attracts a large number of migratory birds is also easily accessible from the boats. The story of the island goes that when a Brahmin entered into the water to perform his evening ablution, it made way and gave rise to land from below.

Enjoy Walking Tours : Another option to spot the bird species of the park is to set out on foot on the one and half km long walking track. Chances are that a large number of Herons, Darters, Storks, Teals etc will come across and provide an easy glimpse for the tourists. Cameras are allowed as such capturing birds in them is hugely popular.
Access from Airport Access From Airport

The nearest airport to the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is the Kochi Airport Nedumbassery, which is at a distance of 106 kilometers only.





Access From Railways Access From Railways

The nearest railway station to the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is the Kottayam railway Junction, which is at a distance of about 15 kilometers only.






Access by RoadwaysAccess From Roadways

The Kumarakom Bird sanctuary can be reached from Kottayam, which is at a distance of 15 kilometers only.
Follow the below given Travel Tips For Bird Warching

• Be sure you have a decent pair of binoculars and have adjusted and practiced using them.

• Always locate a bird first with your naked eye. The field of view through binoculars is much narrower, making it harder to search.

• Consider colors a bonus. Except under the best of conditions, it is hard to see feather colors accurately. Light reflection and shadows often distort, dull, or exaggerate colors. Consider other factors first. If conditions are good, consider color a bonus. Of course, there are species for which accurate color determination is essential for accurate identification.

• Size is helpful, but conditions can be misleading. A bird soaring overhead or flying by may seem much larger or smaller than reality. A reference object is helpful - a tree, fence post, telephone pole, etc.

• Observe the shape or profile of the bird. A long-bill, long legs, or tufted head immediately eliminates many possibilities.

• Habitat is always a useful consideration. In the midst of a coniferous forest you expect to see a different set of birds (avifauna) than you would on an ocean shore or in a city park.

• Note the behavior. Wading in shallow water, climbing a tree trunk, swimming, diving through the air, emerging from a mud nest, or sitting on a fence post, all narrow the choices down considerably. India Birding Tours, India Bird Watching.

• Songs and calls are excellent identification mechanisms and sometimes the only way to identify a bird because some species can only be distinguished in the field by their calls; and it is not uncommon to hear birds but not be able to find them. This takes a lot more practice than learning visual characters. I find it easiest to learn songs and calls if I am able to watch the bird singing or calling.

• Use a good field guide as they identify characteristics (field marks) most helpful to identification.

• Finally, my most important recommendation for the beginning birdwatcher: go out in the field with those folks who know the birds.
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