Winter haven for migratory birds

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Every winter, between the months of November and April, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary comes alive with the sights and sounds of rare migratory birds.

Winter haven for migratory birds

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is situated on the banks of the picturesque Vembanad Lake. Spread over 14 acres, the sanctuary owes its origin to Englishman George Alfred Baker who developed the sanctuary on a rubber plantation formerly known as Baker’s Estate. Surrounded by lush green forests, the road leading to the sanctuary is itself memorable.

Kumarakom hosts migratory birds from far-off Himalayas and Nepal. The lake attracts waterfowl like pin-tailed duck, garganey teal and spot-billed duck, together with birds of prey like osprey, Brahminy kite, marsh harrier, spot-bellied eagle owl and steppe eagle. Among the many common winter migrants, there are some rare species such as crimson-backed sunbird, Malabar grey hornbill, mottled wood owl, brown fish owl and golden-backed woodpecker. It is also a good place to spot Malabar parakeet, white-bellied blue flycatcher, and crimson-backed sunbird.

The lush foliage is also home to several varieties of butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies along with small mammals.

There is an observatory tower at the end of the long walk through the sanctuary offering a beautiful view of the green canopy. A boat ride circling the boundary of the sanctuary is also a good option to explore the flora and fauna in the region. June to August and November to February are considered the best seasons to visit the sanctuary.

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