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Kumarakom bird sanctuary is situated at Kumarakom in Kottayam district of Kerala, on the banks of Vembanad Lake.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary – Vembanad Bird Sanctuary
Formerly known as Baker’s Estate was developed in a rubber plantation as a bird sanctuary by an Englishman is a favourite hangout of migratory birds along the backwaters of Kerala.At present the Kumarakom bird sanctuary is managed by Kerala Tourism Development Corporation.
The sanctuary is spread across 14 acres and it is on the southern bank of the River Kavanar. Local birds like waterfowl, cuckoo, owl, egret, heron, cormorant moorhen darter, and brahminy kite, as well as the migratory Siberian crane can be seen here.
Birds like Parrot, teal, lark, flycatcher, and other birds are seen here during their respective migratory seasons. Some of the migratory birds come from the Himalayas, and a few from Siberia.
There is an arrangement of pathway for moving around within the sanctuary. Birds can be spotted from the neighboring locale such as Kaipuzha Muttu, Pathirmanal, Narakathara, Thollairam Kayal, and Poothanpandi Kayal by having a boating along the Vembanad Lake.
The Vembanad lake attracts waterfowls like pin-tailed duck, garganey teal, spot-billed duck, birds of prey like osprey, marsh harrier, steppe eagle, etc. The WWF-India organised a two-day bird watching programme in 2008 at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary in connection with World Wetlands Day.Kerala Tourism Development Corporation has opened an interpretation centre in the middle of the bird sanctuary at Kumarakom for the visitors.
The best time for watching birds is between the months of June and August and to watch Migratory birds it is between the months of November and February.