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KUMARAKOM BIRD SANCTUARY

District : Kottayam
Location : Banks of Vembanad Lake, 15 km W of Kottayam
Known As : Queen of Vembanad
Best Time To Visit : Water Fowls, Siberian Cranes

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary - All About High Nests

Water Fowls
Water Fowls At Kumarakom



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Major Wildlife Attractions : Waterfowl, Cuckoo, Owls, Egrets, Herons Water Ducks, Parrots, Teal, Larks, Flycatchers, Wood Beetle, Mangrove Forests, Green Paddy Fields and Coconut Groves.
What to Do : Bird Watching, Exploring the Forest on Foot, Feeding the Birds of the Forest.
Other Attractions : Houseboat and Motorboat Cruise, Tasting Delicious Kottanad Cuisine.
Best Time To Visit : November to February.
Don't Miss : To see the migratory Siberian Cranes.
Getting Around : Kottayam, Alleppey, Cradomom Hills, Boat Cruises, Madurai, Kochi, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Munnar.
Getting There : Nearest Airport - Kochi Airport Nedumbassery -106 km.
Nearest Rail - Kottayam Junction – 15 km.
Road - 15 km from Kottayam. S-H-1 links Kumarakom to Cochin and Trivendrum.
Inside Tip : Take a Boat Cruise on the Emerald Green Backwaters of the Vembanad Lake.
Important Distances : Kottayam – 15 km, Nedumbassery - 106 km , Periyar – 185 km.
Where to Eat : Vembanad Seaood Bar, Restaurants - Ettukettu, Thattukada, Tharavadu, Fort Kochi, Pearlspot.
Staying Options : Kumarakom Lake Resort, Coconut Lagoon, Taj Garden Retreat, Backwater Ripples, Illikkalam Lake Resort, Golden Waters.

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"I am the eagle, I live in high country,
in rocky cathedrals that reach to the sky;
I am the hawk and there's blood on my feathers,
but time is still turning they soon will be dry;
All those who see me, and all who believe in me,
share in the freedom I feel when I fly."

-- John Denver (American Singer and Song Writer)

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a diamond in India's ecological crown, despite being one of the smallest parks in the country. A visit to Kumarakom, nesting on the banks of the Vembanad Lake, will give you the pleasure to meet a variety of migratory birds that cluster in thousands, some from the Himalayas, and some even from the snow-kissed hills of Siberia, a true multicultural avian metropolis. During the rains, some of India's most spectacular avians gather in their finest haunts to court their mates and nest in huge colonies in the trees lining the paths of the sanctuary. Plan a visit to Kumarakom, to enjoy the priceless show of avian acrobats, pulsating on the beats of nature.

With Their Home In The Sky

If you are a bird lover then this is a place which will definitely satiate your avian appetite. It is really fascinating to walk over the leaf-carpeted lanes of the forest - a path you can trust on - and watching numerous alluring creatures in their nests on the green acme, chirping and taking flight every now and then. Look at those snow-white egrets, bedecked with delicate panache, amidst the dancing black and white storks - a natural chessboard with a single player to enjoy, time. Grey herons, with their black head plumes, poise as they interact with their neighbours. it is indeed a memorable experience to see black-headed ibis, perching high on the uppermost branches and raising their wings to unveil crimson armpits. The cacophony of painted storks, with their yellow bills and pink tail ends, has to be heard to be believed. In addition, one can also see the native kingfishers painting the ecosphere in psychedelic colours, experience a walk under rookeries of egrets and lone golden-backed woodpeckers and even enjoy the twists and turns of the paradise fly-catchers.

While rains give life to the greens, winter remains a handsome time to visit the park. Visit Kumarakom bird sanctuary to pop upon the endangered (because of habitat loss and hunting) Siberian Cranes, with bills and faces as red as if dipped in blood, white tufts that is simply peerless and sprawled wingtips in black, like a spinning nebula in the dark sky. Although much of these vegetarian foreigners are absent in this century, it is still possible to spot a few eye-catching demoiselle cranes and 'sarus', the latter hooting for a shield of protection, so that in future years it doesn't meet the unfortunate fate of its Siberian relative.

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Put Your Steps

If one is planning to fly before meeting those Siberian entertainers, step down at Kochi airport (106 km), and get a pre-paid taxi from Nedumbassery to reach the beautiful greens of Kumarakom. Tourists can also reach Kottayam Junction (15 km), the nearest railhead and then can catch a cab to reach the reserve. However, the best way to reach the greens is via Main Central Road (SH 1) from Kottayam, that links Trivandrum to Cochin International Airport. Tourists can also ride state buses run by KSRTC from Kottayam.

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The Beethovens of Sky
Plan a holiday trip to the deep dense forests of Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Listen to the euphony of birds, every morning and evening. Probably you would have never heard of such melody as they perform in this green patch of Kerala.


And Here They Go
Spot egrets, herons, darters, drongoes, teals and hundreds of other migratory birds dwelling in the interiors of Kumarakom. Hear them sing. Take their family photograph. Watch the blue necked kingfishers. See them dance and make love and you cannot resist yourself appreciating their acrobatic skills.


Far From Siberia
Visit Kumarakom bird sanctuary to meet the endangered Siberian Cranes, with bills and faces as red as if dipped in blood, white tufts that is simply peerless and sprawled wingtips in black. Take as many pictures as you like, so as to reciprocate their perilous journey over the mighty Himalayas.


Leisure on Water
Take a boat ride on the shimmering waters of the lake and have a close encounter with waterfowl and ducks. See them swimming away from your canoe. Throw some water towards them and let them fly a trivial distance. They are not going to wet themselves, even if, they roost on water.


Go Back With Waters
Plan a holiday tour to Kumarakom, and enjoy a boat cruise on the emerald green backwaters of the Vembanad Lake. Spend a few days of your holiday vacations in a houseboat cruising through the intricate passageways of Kerala backwaters, enjoying a fine cuisine and doing bizarre things to cheer up your life.


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