The sanctuary is located on the bank on the banks of the Vembanand Lake in the village Kumarakom. Spreading over an area of 101 sq-km, it is renowned for its varied avian population, including a variety of migratory birds. Kumarakom is an exciting backwater destinations that offers its tourists a unique experience for its rich wildlife in the sanctuary and the picturesque beauty of mangrove forest and swaying palm trees.
Wildlife Attractions :
Avi-fauna in the Park - The sanctuary is home to a rich variety of bird life like a local varieties of waterfowls, Kingfishers, woodpeckers, cuckoos and owls, as well as the migratory Siberian Cranes, egret, darter, heron and teal, which can be viewed here during the months of December to February.
Trips in the Park :
Kumarakom Sanctuary offers boating trips on the picturesque Vembanad lake by the traditional houseboats, Kettuvalloms. A boat trip is the best way to observe the rich bird life of this region. Also one can enjoy fishing facilities at the lake of the sanctuary. Motor boats are also available for bird watching cruises.
Kumarakom offers good accommodation options for its tourists. There are several hotels and resorts of all categories like the Kumarakom Lake Resort, Water Scapes, Whispering Palms, Garden Retreat, which are offering
Getting to the Sanctuary :
By Air - The Cochin International Airport is the nearest one, which is at a distance of 70 kms from the Muhamma boat jetty.
By Rail - The nearest Rail head is at Kottayam which is connected to all the major cities of India by several express trains.
By Road - Kottayam is 14 km from Kumarakom and connected to rest of the country of India by both State Highways and National Highways. From here taxis and auto rickshaws are available for reaching the sanctuary.