This small but affluent 14 acre ornithologist's paradise is located in the banks of Kanavara River & Vemabanad lake is also known as Vembanad Bird Sanctuary. It is located only 14 km away from Kottaym. Kumarakom bird sanctuary was developed in rubber plantations by Mr. Baker, an English Man in the last century. The sanctuary was formerly known as "Bakers Estate".
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is home to a variety of migratory birds including the rare Siberian Crane and numerous other local species like cuckoo, waterfowl, owl, egret, cormorant, moorhen, darter, Brahminy kite and the duck, Bitterns, Marsh Harries, Teals and several varieties of Herons. Parrot, teal, lark, flycatcher, and other birds are seen here during their respective migratory seasons. Some of the migratory birds come from the Himalayas, and a few from far away Siberia.
The best time to watch bird is between June and August. To watch Migratory birds, November to February is the best time. Dawn is the ideal time for bird watching when the birds prepare to leave their forest homes and fly over the lake. An early morning trek, well before sunrise, is recommended for avid bird watchers.
Houseboats and motorboats are easily available on hire for bird watching cruises on the lake. Neighbouring areas such as Kaipuzha Muttu, Pathirmanal, Narakathara, Thollairam Kayal, and Poothanpandi Kayal are also good spots for spotting birds. Pathiramanal Island is an enchanting pristine ten acre island on the backwaters is home to many rare varieties of migratory birds from different parts of the world. This island in the Vembanad lake is accessible only by boat from Kumarakom and Muhamma.From today onwards this Pathirammanal has to be raised up as a bio-park by the Tourism department of Kerala.
Nearest Aiport is Cochin International Airport located 105 kms away & the nearest railway station is Kottayam.