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.


Grey Heron Ardea cinerea at Kumarakom Birds Sanctuary

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is an ornithologist’s paradise. Migratory birds come 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 acres 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 this area. Migratory as well as local birds, came to these groves in a few year’s 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.

Vembanad Wetland system is the largest of the three Ramsar sites in the state of Kerala.

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 extreme ends of Vembanad lake, where the 78 kilometer long Meenachil River empties itself into the Vembanad Lake. Other Kumarakom places to visit include 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 cater 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. It’s the breeding season for the resident wetland birds.

Kumarakom to Pathiramanal Boat Services

Kerala State Water Transport Department (KSWTD) has started a group package boat trip to Pathiramanal island from December 2017. This boat service, accompanied by a guide, will take you to Pathiramanal island and pick you back in the same day, at the agreed time.

Minimum charges are Indian Rupees 420 (four hundred and twenty only) for one way. The same charges apply for the return trip also. For the above-mentioned amount, 42 people can go in this group tour. INR 10 (ten only) will be charged additionally for each extra person.  The rates are much lower than those charged by private boats.

For details, please contact the mobile number +91-94000-50331 .

Eye Catching Pink Water Lillies at nearby Malarikkal Village

The place, Malarikkal village, is around 8 kilometers distance from Kottayam Town, towards the Kumarakom route. This place shot into prominence and thousands of tourists started flowing to this small village in October 2019 to see the pink flowers of Water Lillies spread over vast areas of paddy fields. The flowering plants can be seen in October each year.

The flowers will be destroyed for agricultural purposes by October end. Again, it will flower at the same time, next year.

A similar site exists near Panachikkadu Saraswathy Temple, near Puthupally, in Kottayam district. Flowers will be there for a few more weeks (one more month, at the most).

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