A visit to the bird sanctuary, set within the lush acres of wooded
land nearby, acquaints you to the variety of migratory birds that
flock in thousands, some from the Himalayas, some even from as
far as Siberia. In addition, you can get thrilled of the native
kingfishers ablaze in psychedelic colours, experience a walk under
rookeries of egrets and night herons or lone golden-backed woodpeckers
and even delight in the acrobatics of the paradise fly-catchers.
Pathiramanal (sands of midnight), an enchanting island on the
lake, can be accessed by boat from here. This 10 acre island
on the backwaters is home to many rare varieties of migratory
birds from different parts of the world. According to mythology
a young Brahmin dived into the Vembanad Lake to perform his
evening ablutions and the water madeway for the land to rise
from below. The island can be accessed only by boat. A cruise
along the Vembanad Lake is the best way to experience the sanctuary.
Attractions of Kumarakom Bird
The main attractions are local birds like the waterfowl, cuckoo,
owl, egret, heron and the water duck, as well as the migratory
Siberian cranes. Parrots, teal, larks, flycatchers, wood beetle,
and other birds are seen here during their respective migratory
the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Houseboats and motorboats are available on hire for bird watching
cruises on the lake.
Time To Visit
The best time to bird watch is between June and August. To watch
Migratory birds, November to February is the best time.