KUMARAKOM

The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is situated at Kumarakom in Kottayam district in the Indian state of Kerala, on the banks of Vembanad Lake. Set in the Kerala Backwaters, the bird sanctuary is an ornithologist's paradise and a favorite haunt of migratory birds. Due to its exotic flora and fauna collections it is a pearl of India's ecological crown. Tourists from across the globe visit this multicultural avian metropolis so that they can get best views of pulsating bird species. This bird sanctuary is spread over 14 acres in which one can find more than 500 species of birds with their cackling sounds, high pitched calls and melodious songs.

The Kumarakom was originally a rubber plantation garden which was later turned into a bird sanctuary by an Englishman. This place was earlier known as Baker's Estate. The best way to enjoy bird viewing at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is by houseboats or motorboats.

Kumarakom Attractions

Birds

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a home of hundreds of native birds like Waterfowl, Cuckoo, Owls, Parrots, Teal, Egrets, Herons, Cormorant, Moorhen, Darter, Brahminy Kite, Water Ducks, Flycatchers, Larks and Wood Beetle. Apart from this it is also known for more than 60 species of migratory birds which come here from the Himalayas and Siberia during the migratory season. The most famous and most awaited migratory birds are endangered Siberian stork, egret, darter, heron and teal. You can also see a large number of parrots, flycatchers, wood beetle and larks during their respective migratory seasons in this bird sanctuary. Hornbills, woodpeckers and kingfishers also increase the splendor of this place.

Mammals

The Sanctuary is also popular for several species of animals like bears, elephants, civet cats, lion-tailed macaque, deer, monkeys, tigers, nilgiritahr, wild pigs, leopards, squirrels and malabar giant squirrel.

Amphibians

Near the shoreline, you can find a variety of mudskippers, crabs and turtles. Kumarakom is also known for a few endangered species of fishes and crocodiles.

Reptiles

There are many kinds of snakes like Python, Cobra, Ciper, Rat Snake, Iguana and a few varieties of wild lizards to.

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