Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is among the most popular bird watching spots in the country. Spread out over 14 hectares, one comes across numerous rare avian species in these parts. Located on the banks of the Vembanad Lake in Kottayam, one gets to see a variety of migratory birds that flock in thousands, ranging from places like the Himalayas to Siberia.
People who visit in June and August are treated to many rare sights. This is the breeding season of the resident wetland birds such as Indian Darter, Little Cormorant, different species of Egrets and Herons, White Ibis and several species of Kingfishers. People also get to see the Waterfowl, Cuckoo, Owl, Water Duck, Siberian Cranes, Parrots, Teal, Larks, Flycatchers and Wood Beetles. Boating trips around the sanctuary are extremely relaxing and this is among the most visited places in the Kottayam District.
Bird lovers can also take a boat trip to the nearby Kaipuzha Muttu, Pathiramanal, Narakathara, Thollayiram Kayal and Poothapandi Kayal to watch local and migrant birdlife which could easily be more than a hundred species.Waterscapes, the backwater resort of Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) situated near the sanctuary, has independent cottages built on stilts.Visiting hours: 0600 to 1800 hrs