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Written by Buvaneshwari Gopinath on July 15, 2020 Share on

Take a look at Siberian Crane at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is situated in the state of Kerala which is also known as God’s Own Country. The sanctuary is home to hundreds of different species that migrate across the world to here. Not just migratory birds, but the place also is home to some native birds and reptiles. Spread across 14 hectares of land, the sanctuary gets thousands of visitors throughout the year, making it one of the famous tourist spots in Kerala. If you are looking for a place to chill and enjoy birds, tall green trees, lush paddies, and backwaters of Kerala, this is the place for it all.

Road to Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
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An ideal time to visit Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Tourists from around the state of Kerala and the neighbouring states visit the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary throughout the year. The sanctuary is open round the year to the public and is home to different species of birds. The temperature is from 18-degree Celsius to 38-degree Celsius making it safe for everyone.

If you plan to look at the migratory birds, we suggest you visit the sanctuary during the month of November. November is the starting month of the migratory season and birds fly across the globe in search for a perfect place to call as its home. Additionally, you can visit the sanctuary in the months of June and August when birds like Indian Darter, Kingfisher visit here for the breeding season.

How to reach Kumarkom Bird Sanctuary?

By Air

Kumarakom Sanctuary is located near Kottayam, Kerala. The nearest airport to Kottayam is the Cochin International Airport. There are several flights connecting Cochin from different parts of India. There are several direct and connecting flights through which Cochin can be easily reached.

By Rail

The Indian Railway has been running a fair share of trains connecting it to different parts of India. Located in Kottayam, the sanctuary can be easily reached from the Kottayam train station. From the station, the sanctuary is only 15 kilometres away.

By Road

Isn’t road travel always fun? Especially if you are self-driving? If you are travelling by car, it gives the luxury to halt whenever you want. Making it perfect to visit the famous Kamrakom Sanctuary. Located just near Cochin, the sanctuary is just an hour-long drive. Take your kids or loved ones here, and spend some quality time at the park.

Attractions in Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is filled with different species of birds. The place is home to several migratory birds and few native birds as well. The sanctuary aka the park attracts a fair number of tourists throughout the year.

1. Siberian Crane

Siberian Crane is one of the most beautiful and elegant bird to ever exist. The Siberian Crane flies approximately 3000 miles from its home to the sanctuary. For the Siberian Crane, the sanctuary is considered as a second home since they migrate here very often. It is natural yet strange that the birds survive this kind of a migration that results in loss of lives due to accidents and strong winds.

Siberian Crane
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Hundreds of people visit the sanctuary just to take a look at these colourful birds that come flying across the world.

2. Waterfowl

Waterfowl refers to another family of birds. Swans, ducks, geese fall under this particular family name. These birds swim across different places to find a perfect spot seeking refuge. They migrate from places that have unsustainable weather conditions.

3. Reptiles

Not just birds, the sanctuary is also home to few tortoises and zippy lizards. The sanctuary acts as a barrier to protecting these creatures from nature’s harm. Surrounded by coconut trees and green plants, it makes a perfect spot for these reptiles to chill.

4. Boat Ride

If you are visiting Kerala, be sure to go on boat rides. After all, the state is covered with backwaters on almost all sides. Inside the sanctuary is a spot where the tourists can experience what it is like to boat amidst the attractions. You can either go on a bird safari on the boat or take a boat ride exclusively and soothe in the banks Kavanar River.

Boat ride in Backwaters
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Places to visit near Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

1. Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall

Located at Pallickathode, about 2 kilometres away from the Kottayam district is the calming Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall. Take a walk to the top of the waterfall and visit the church located right there. You can also trek above to enjoy and while away your time. Spend some quality time swimming and picnicking with your family and loved ones here.

Waterfall in Kerala
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2. Kumarakom Backwaters

The state of Kerala is famous for its backwaters as the soothing blue waters give out a calming and tranquil feel to the ones who go on the boat rides. Enjoy the views of lush paddies and coconut trees as you pass through few of the most charming villages in Kerala. While there, do not miss visiting the Driftwood Museum, known for its woodwork. The museum exhibits art created using wood. Unlike other arts, the exhibits are used with the finest wood that displays the finest works of some of the artists. The museum is yet another place that is packed with tourists round the year.

3. Pathiramanal Island

Located in the middle of Vembanad lake is the island called Pathiramanal Island. The place serves as a home to a few migratory birds that visit Kerala. While you are here, be sure to visit the temple and an amazing bio park located on the island.

Entry Fee

The entry fee to enter the Kumarakom National Park is INR 50 for all Indian nationals and INR 100 for all Foreign nationals. Additionally, if you wish to take your camera or a video recorder if you will have to pay a special fee.

Open Hours

The Kumarakom National Park is open all days of the week between 6 AM and 6 PM. If you are looking for a head start to cover the places and enjoy the park with less crowd, early mornings would be advisable.

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