Kumarakom set around the glistening backwaters is the paradise for the ornithologist's along with being a favorite hunt for the migratory birds. The main attractions of local bird found in Kumarakom include owl, moorhen, cuckoo, brahminy kite, teal, flycatcher, lark, darter, cormorant, egret, waterfowl, heron along with migratory bird called Siberian crane. The main reason which works in making Kumarakom as the perfect holiday destination for birdwatchers is that many migratory birds from the Himalayas and from as far as Siberia approach Kumarakom during the migratory season.
Dawn is the ideal time to enjoy the splendid bird watching tour. As this is the time when the birds leave their nest and fly over the lake in search of food and water. It is rather advisable that bird watcher leaves early morning for their wildlife trek, well before sunrise.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, situated on the banks of the Vembanand Lake is famed for sheltering a diverse and multitude variety of birds that are both migratory and native. These birds fly down to this area during the winters to seek refuge from the harsh cold climate conditions of their place of origin.
The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary spread in the wide area of 14 acres on the southern bank of Kavanar River features well laid paths that allow for convenient moving around within the sanctuary. While being at this bird sanctuary the visitors can also enjoy an enchanting boat ride on the Vembanad Lake.
The surroundings of Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary make it one of the best place to enjoy a long nature-walk along with indulging in bird watching activities. Being here one may even get a chance to spot a new species of bird which is still to be featured in the long list birds that are found in this area. The best time to visit this magnificent bird sanctuary is during June to August and for those heading here to satiate their quest to visit migratory birds then plan a trip around November to February.
The other neighboring area placed around the Kumarakom which provide for equally great bird watching experience include Pathirmanal, Thollairam Kayal, Kaipuzha Muttu and Poothanpandi Kayal.