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Enjoying the Homecoming of Birds: Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary in Kerala

By Akshatha Vinayak

Once Charles Linderberg quoted that "I realized that if I had to choose, I would rather have birds than airplanes". True, birds are very important for the ecological balance and unfortunately urbanization has become threat for their existence. In such a time as this, bird sanctuaries and the remaining forest reserves are helping in preserving the avifauna.

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
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In this article, let us make a visit to Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary in Kerala for a wonder tour! The town of Kumarakom, bordered by the Vembanad Lake, is known for backwater tourism in Kerala. The idyllic environment and pristine waterscapes act as major attractions at Kumarakom.

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Set amidst the Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a home to number of birds. One can see the resident birds as well as migratory birds flocking around in the sanctuary. It is also bordered by Kavanar River on the other side. Originally, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary was called as Baker's Estate. It was created inside a rubber estate amidst the backdrop of Vembanad Lake and the Kavanar River. Now the bird sanctuary is managed by Kerala Tourism Development Corporation.


Red-Whiskered Bulbul
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Birds at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a home to unique species of resident birds as well as migratory birds who come here during winter. One can see several species of water birds as the sanctuary is bordered by water bodies. Resident birds like ergret, brahminy kite, cormorant, cuckoo, waterfowl, etc. can be seen here. Apart from these, several migratory birds like Siberian crane, flycatcher, marsh harrier, osprey, steppe eagle and so on come here.

Best Time to Visit Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

You can visit this bird sanctuary in two different seasons. One is the migratory season between November to May when birds from various parts of the globe come here. Another season is from June to August which is the breeding season. Both are the best seasons to visit Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary.


Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
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Other Tourist Places in Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls, Kumarakom Beach, Bay Island Driftwood Museum, Juma Masjid, Pathiramanal Island, Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom Beach are some of the best tourist places in Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary.

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a paradise for bird lovers and photographers. It is one of the top bird sanctuaries in Kerala. Get awestruck by the beauty of Kumarakom this season.

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