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Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Stroll through lush woodland on the banks of the Kerala backwaters to spot a fascinating variety of colorful and migratory birds.

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a welcoming site for nature and bird lovers. Follow trails through thick woodland and spot multicolored birdlife and butterflies. Enjoy boat rides along placid lakes and tree-shaded canals or visit secluded islands. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary spreads across 14 acres (5.6 hectares) and sits on the eastern shores of Vembanad Lake. The lake is one of India’s biggest lakes and an integral part of the glorious Kerala backwaters.

A well-maintained trail weaves around the sanctuary in the shade of towering trees. Listen to the sweet sound of birdsong as leaves rustle in the gentle breeze. Watch butterflies flutter overhead. Look for native and exotic birds, some of which migrate from as far as the Himalayas and Siberia. See cuckoo, cormorant, heron, kingfisher and woodpecker, among others. Spot birds of prey such as kites, ospreys and owls. As you explore the sanctuary’s shoreline, you might also get the chance to see tortoises and energetic lizards.

Be sure to climb to the top of the sanctuary’s lookout tower, which is also an excellent photo vantage point. Marvel at the sweeping views over the treetops, across Vembanad Lake and to Pathiramanal Island.

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is less than a 10-minute drive from the town center of easy-going Kumarakom. Reach the sanctuary via low-cost auto-rickshaws. Combine your visit to the bird sanctuary with a tour of the enchanting Kerala backwater. Tours depart from Kumarakom’s lakeshore and explore Vembanad Lake, Pathiramanal Island and lazy waterways. Cruise past rice paddies, mangrove forests, coconut groves and floating villages.

The sanctuary is open daily and has an admission fee. Visit at sunrise, when the birds are most active and the temperatures most bearable. June to August are good months to see breeding wetland birds while migratory birds arrive from November to May. Knowledgeable guides are available to hire at the sanctuary’s entrance. They can help to point out birds and provide invaluable information about the flora and fauna.


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Taj Kumarakom Resort & Spa, Kerala AU$236
Taj Kumarakom Resort & Spa, Kerala

Taj Kumarakom Resort & Spa, Kerala

1/404 Kamarakom, Kottayam, Kumarakom, Kerala
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Kumarakom resort is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary and Vembanad Lake. Kumarakom Boat Jetty is 2.5 mi (4 km) away.

    Coconut Lagoon-Cgh Earth AU$231
    Coconut Lagoon-Cgh Earth

    Coconut Lagoon-Cgh Earth

    Kumarakom, Kottayam District, Kavanattinkara, Kumarakom, Kerala
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Kumarakom hotel is located on a lake, within 2 mi (3 km) of Vembanad Lake and Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Kottayam Cheriyapally and Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple are also within 12 mi (20 km).

      Kumarakom Lake Resort AU$459
      Kumarakom Lake Resort

      Kumarakom Lake Resort

      Kumarakom North P O, Kottayam, Kumarakom, Kerala
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Kumarakom resort is located on a lake, within 2 mi (3 km) of Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, and Kumarakom Boat Jetty. Kottayam Cheriyapally and Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple are also within 9 mi (15 km).

        The Zuri Kumarakom Kerala Resort & Spa AU$256
        The Zuri Kumarakom Kerala Resort & Spa

        The Zuri Kumarakom Kerala Resort & Spa

        V-235 A1 to A54, Karottukayal, Kumarakom, Kerala
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Kumarakom resort is located on the waterfront, within a 10-minute walk of Vembanad Lake and Kumarakom Boat Jetty. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary and Marari Beach are also within 20 mi (32 km).

          Coco Bay Resort AU$95
          Coco Bay Resort

          Coco Bay Resort

          Kumarakom North, Kottayam, Kumarakom, Kerala
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Kumarakom hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Vembanad Lake and Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Kumarakom Boat Jetty is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) away.

            Niraamaya Retreats Backwaters & Beyond AU$265
            Niraamaya Retreats Backwaters & Beyond

            Niraamaya Retreats Backwaters & Beyond

            Pallichira, Vayitharamattom, Kumarakom, Kerala
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Kumarakom resort is located on a lake, within 2 mi (3 km) of Vembanad Lake and Kumarakom Boat Jetty. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is 1.9 mi (3 km) away.

              OYO 26874 Manor Backwater Resort AU$48
              OYO 26874 Manor Backwater Resort

              OYO 26874 Manor Backwater Resort

              0 Kareemadom Rd, Cheepunkal, P.O., Kumarakom, Kerala
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Kumarakom, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary and within 6 mi (10 km) of Vembanad Lake and Kumarakom Boat Jetty. Kottayam Cheriyapally and Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple are also within 12 mi (20 km).

                Saro Lake County
                Saro Lake County

                Saro Lake County

                1/392 A&B Bankpady, Kottayam, Kumarakom, Kerala
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Kumarakom, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Vembanad Lake and within 3 mi (5 km) of Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary and Kumarakom Boat Jetty. Kottayam Cheriyapally and Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple are also within 9 mi (15 km).