Kumarakom Wildlife Sanctuary and the Bird Sanctuary is situated on the banks of the Vembanand Lake. It is known for its diversity and multitude of colorful avian friends that are both native and migratory who come down here only during waters to seek refuge from the severe cold of the places, where they live. Local varieties include Waterfowls, Cuckoos and Owls while the migratory ones include rare Siberian Cranes that can frequently be spotted here. The wildlife sanctuary also houses the Kumarakom Tourist Complex that sprawls across over 101 acres of thick-wooded lush green forests and the artificial lake that was built around the 50-year-old Baker’s Mansion, have served as a small government hotel previously. The Taj group of hotels has renovated this complex tastefully with grandeur and style to suit the taste of the tourists.
One may hire houseboats and motorboats from here to cruise around the sanctuary and get a closer look at its feathered occupants such as Water Fowls, Cuckoos, Owls, Egrets, Herons and Water Ducks along with the migratory Siberian Cranes. The migratory birds include Parrots, Teals, Larks, Flycatchers and Wood Beetles who come to visit the place in their respective seasons. An ornithologist’s paradise and a great place for a long nature-walk, it is the best place to watch birds in their natural habitats and you may even get a chance to spot a new species of bird, still not included in the long list of birds that have already been found here. Best season to visit the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is from June to August. However, if you are here to see primarily migratory birds, then November to February is the best time.