The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is situated in the district of Kottayam in the state of Kerala. This bird sanctuary is a regarded by many as a paradise for ornithologists. This sanctuary is located near to the Kumarakom village, which falls in the Kuttanad region and this has been synonymous with Kerala backwater tourism.
The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is known for its huge collection of migratory birds and these include the egret, Siberian stork, darter, teal and heron. The bird sanctuary spans over an area of 14 acres and it is situated on Vembanad Lake’s eastern bank.
- Migratory Birds in Kumarakom
The area was also known for rubber plantation and the foundation of the Kumarakom village was laid by Alfred George Baker. This was done by reclaiming almost 500 acres of wetlands, which was part of the Vembanad Lake in the period during 1840. He descendant of Baker, Henry made some rapid changes and developed the plantation area into a bird sanctuary that attracts travelers from all over the country. This bird sanctuary was also known as the Baker’s Estate.
The major attractions of the sanctuary are egret, waterfowl, heron, brahminy kite and cormorant. Migratory birds from the Siberian region and the Himalayan region make this sanctuary their own abode during the winter season that spans over a period from November to May. The cranes from Siberia are considered as the most special visitors to the sanctuary.
- Birds Flocking on the Swampy Part of Kumarakom
The domestic birds like the little cormorant, white ibis, egrets, Indian darter, herons and kingfishers breed in the wetlands of this sanctuary during the period between June and August. There are plenty of places to stay in the Kumarakom town. The tour at the Kerala backwaters is far from complete without residing in the houseboats. These houseboats come with single, double and triple bedrooms. Some of these houseboats also provide tourists with AC and staying in these houseboats for a day or two could cost around seven thousand to fifteen thousand rupees during the period March to October.
The cost of staying in these houseboats can be anywhere around eight thousand to seventeen thousand rupees in the period from November to February. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is an integral part of tourism of India and most travelers ensure that they visit this place. South India tour packages are available at great rates and discounts to ensure that travelers save enough money on their traveling plans. These offers and discounts are ideal for travelers planning for south India tour.
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