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Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Kumarakom

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See the large set of feathered inhabitants and passing visitors at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, an area rich in avian life and a key stop off on many migratory paths. Set over 5.7 hectares (14 acres) of land south of a regional river, the sanctuary has plentiful woods that host an array of rare resident and migratory birds. Spot resident wetland birds such as Indian darters, little cormorants, several species of egrets and herons, and migratory species such as the Siberian crane, teals, larks, and flycatchers. Make Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary a part of your Kumarakom vacation plans using our Kumarakom vacation trip planner.
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  • even if we are saying it as a bird sanctuary we cannot see any birds most of the time ...that was my fifth visit to the sanctuary but most of the time we cant see anything...some times we can hear the...  more »
  • We went to the sanctuary (San) early morning as it was next to our hotel, also took a guide as without knowldege its difficult to explore a place like this and our guide was very helpful.when you ente...  more »
  • I like to make day trips on weekends when free. This trip happened on a Sunday July 16 2017. I packed my lenses and drove in my Duster from Kochi town to Kumarakom. The trip is 50km long, and took me ...  more »
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  • Don't even think about coming to this place. One hell of waste of time. Useless 4 kms walk through words. U won't see a single bird. This place is only for local couples to spend some time.
  • A pretty natural habitat for the migratory birds. Rare varieties of the birds are to be seen here, but the number is reduced. Ample amount of water bodies in the form of lake and small ponds provide fish as diet for the birds. A few watch towers here and there gives us a view of the birds deep in the sanctuary. Need to walk for around 1 hour around the sanctuary to view the flying birds.The Vembanad Lake is beside the sanctuary. Ample amount of parking space around the main entrance is available.All are advised to carry water which will be required during the hot days as we walk within the sanctuary. A strong high resolution DSLR might be helpful to click the zoomed pics of the birds.
  • Place is easily approachable from main road. Walk way is like one in temple run game. Visiting hours is only in morning. But yes, the 2 hours of walk into a forest like environment in early hours of the day was truly refreshing.
  • Pretty good natural park in kottayam. Really a visual treat for photographers and bird lovers. Easily accessible from the main road. Parking available.
  • make sure you visit around 7am .. It is difficult to spot birds in the thick foliage but walk till the end for around 2 kms and climb the last watch tower to see loads of birds.. I went first week of july and saw spotted pelicans, snake bird, painted stork, cormorant, diff types of egrets, kingfisher etc.. carry drinking water but please dont litter.. there are designated disposal bins for plastic bottles etc.. cheers

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Where to stay in Kumarakom

Despite its heavy reliance on tourism, Kumarakom offers surprisingly few accommodations, with just a handful of resorts sitting near the lakeshore. You can find a larger selection of places to stay in Likkalam, a short drive to the south. If resorts fall outside your budget, look for small guesthouses and holiday rentals, which offer basic amenities and a friendly, comfortable atmosphere. No matter where you stay, you'll never be too far from the water, with many accommodations also offering swimming pools.
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