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Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary on the Vembanad backwaters front in Kottayam District of Kerala state, India. Kumarakom is home to many species of birds and June and August are the ideal months to visit the 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 few years and it thus became a bird Sanctuary. It is a water bird sanctuary.
Kumarakom 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 Kumarakom 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 18 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’. Kumarakom is at the extreme end of Vembanad lake. Pathiramanal, an island en route to Kumarakam from Allepy, is also a tourist spot worth visiting.
There are many hotels at Kumarakam and Allepy alias Allapuzha, which caters to tourist’s accommodation requirements.