Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary on the Banks of Vembanad Backwaters

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is situated on the Vembanad backwaters front in Kottayam District, Kerala state, India. This bird sanctuary is home to many species of birds, especially water birds.

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea at Kumarakom Birds Sanctuary

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is an ornithologist’s paradise. Migratory birds comes in large numbers here. Earlier it was known as Baker’s Estate as the area was the estate of Alfred George Baker, who got 500 ares of land from the then king of Travancore and planted many trees there in a few acres on the southern bank of River Kavanar. Later on, he did not do anything on these area. Migratory as well as local birds, came to these groves in a few years time. It thus automatically became a bird Sanctuary. It is  a water bird sanctuary.

This Bird Sanctuary is spread over 14 acres of land and is the first scientifically developed bird sanctuary in India.  There are 180 species of birds found in this Bird Sanctuary.

The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is adjacent to the Vembanad backwaters, which helps in getting abundant feeds like insects to the birds. It is also called Vembanad Bird Sanctuary. Take your bird watching binoculars with you when you are going there.

How Do I Go to Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary?

Kottayam, ‘The Press Capital of India’, which houses many of India’s leading vernacular newspapers like Malayala Manorama, Mathruboomi, Deepika, etc, at 15 kilometers away is the nearest railway station. Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport. Kumarakom is well connected by roads to nearby cities like Kottayam, Allapuzha and Cochin.

Boating from Allapuzha is a good option for any tourist, as the journey covers the backwaters of Vembanad lake; ‘The Venice of the East’.  This bird sanctuary is at one of the the extreme ends of Vembanad lake, where the 78 kilometer long Meenachil River empties itself into the Vembanad Lake. Other Kumarakom places to visit includes Pathiramanal island, an Island at around 16.5 kilometers distance from the bird sanctuary.

There are many hotels at Kumarakam and Alleppey alias Alappuzha, which caters to tourist’s accommodation requirements.

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary Entrance Fee, Ideal Season

Kumarakom bird sanctuary entrance fee is Rs 50 (for Indians). June to August are the ideal months to visit this bird sanctuary. Its the breeding season for for the resident wetland birds.

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