Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Kumarakom
Nestled amidst the lush and evergreen locales of Kumarakom in Kottayam district of Kerala, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is famed as one of the most captivating bird sanctuaries in India. A home to a myriad range of colourful and exotic birds, this pictorial sanctuary is set beside the silent backwaters and spreads across 14 acres of land that is canopied by lush and dense thickets. Thus, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary serves as an ideal source of food and habitat to numerous local as well as migratory birds in Kerala.
A paradise for the birdwatchers, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary boasts of avifauna species and entices nature lovers from almost all the corners of the globe. If you happen to visit this bird reserve during your Kerala trip, you can spot a number of rare and exotic species of birds. To name a few, there are Waterfowl, Cuckoo, Brahminy Kite, Siberian Crane, Parrot, Flycatcher, Lark, and numerous migratory birds from the Himalayan region.
How to Reach Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary:
To reach Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary by road, one can hire local cabs or taxis from Kottayam which is around 13km from the sanctuary.
Kottayam Railway Station with a distance of 12km serves as the nearest railway station to this gorgeous wildlife reserve. One can make it to Kottayam Railway Station, and hire private cabs to reach Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary.
Kottayam do not have an airport; the Cochin International Airport at a distance of 38km, serves as the nearest airport to reach Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. After arrival in Cochin, visitors can hire or avail private taxis or take the regular state-run buses to reach Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary.
Best Time to Visit Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary:
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is among the year-round tourist destinations in Kerala. However, for the best and unforgettable experience, you must book your Kerala tour packages and make it to this stunning bird sanctuary during the months of June to August and November to February.
Safari Timings in Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary:
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary opens at 06:00AM and closes its gate by 05:00PM, and operates round the week. Visitors must get tickets before entering the sanctuary from the official counter with a mere charge of INR 50.