Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
3.5
6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • V. Sitaram
    2 contributions
    Pleasant Nature Walk!
    More of a nature walk rather than a bird-watching trail. In the breeding season, one can see nests and breeding birds from the watchtowers. One can also get to see waterbirds form the place where the trail meets the Vembanad Kayal (Lake).
    Visited December 2022
    Written 9 January 2023
  • Likes to travel
    United States972 contributions
    Nice walk but few birds
    Had a nice hike but did not see many birds but we did hear some beyond our sight. Went Early in the morning to beat the heat and when it was supposed to be more likely to see birds. We were there in mid January which I guess is not a breeding month.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 30 January 2023
  • shoelady2015
    World62 contributions
    No visible birds
    Trail goes out and back, not circular. It is interesting to walk through a jungle and peak through to see the river, houseboats, homes, etc. Unfortunately the staff does not clean up after people who've left their soda bottles, candy wraps, etc. on the ground. It is a nice walk otherwise. It is about 45 minutes. Walk to end of trail then walk back on same trail.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 18 February 2023
  • Srikrishnan B
    Chennai (Madras), India5 contributions
    Average
    We went there on 16th February 2023 in the morning by 7 am. It is a good nature trail but could not spot any birds. Roughly it is 2 km one way walk. In fact one day earlier, during the boat ride through the canal, we could spot many birds (about 10 different species)
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 February 2023
  • UKSimon66
    Harrow, United Kingdom61 contributions
    If you want to see birds check the seasons and don't visit if you don't appreciate lizards!
    Visited in November 2023. This isn't a great time to see birds, better in spring around March. But it's a pleasant walk for about 2km. Lovely forest area. If you aren't a fan of reptiles, you might want to take this into account. You will encounter plenty of monitor lizards of all sizes! They are safe! But they do enjoy sunbathing along the paths!! Lots of snakes too, although these stay clear of people. The route leads to a dead end and then you have to return the same way, which was a bit of a surprise. A great short trip if you are staying locally. But the entrance isnt easy to find unless you know what to look for.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 November 2023
  • Fernanda D
    Alcobendas, Spain23 contributions
    Give it a miss
    Great walk and lovely foliage but ….. what a disappointment! No birds to see! During my two hour walk through the Sanctuary, I saw at least twelve courting couples enjoying the walk! Maybe it is time to rename the Bird Sanctuary to “courting Couples Sanctuary “. Not recommended
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 21 November 2023
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steve oconnor
Grimsby, UK103 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Taken here blindly as part of IRIS HOLIDAYS 14 night tour. Promptly paid our £2.50 foreigners rate to be told immediately "THERE ARE NO BIRDS".................walked half an hour in stifling heat!! She wasn't wrong!!Gave Up
Written 9 December 2023
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Andrezej Heleniak
United Kingdom5 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Nice place to visit can see lot of birds in the early morning 6;00 or evening 5:00 to 6:00 pm
Have to walk inside the bird sanctuary. Day time don't visit because the temperature is hot
Written 29 November 2023
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Fernanda D
Alcobendas, Spain23 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
Great walk and lovely foliage but ….. what a disappointment! No birds to see! During my two hour walk through the Sanctuary, I saw at least twelve courting couples enjoying the walk! Maybe it is time to rename the Bird Sanctuary to “courting Couples Sanctuary “. Not recommended
Written 22 November 2023
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UKSimon66
Harrow, UK61 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Visited in November 2023. This isn't a great time to see birds, better in spring around March. But it's a pleasant walk for about 2km. Lovely forest area. If you aren't a fan of reptiles, you might want to take this into account. You will encounter plenty of monitor lizards of all sizes! They are safe! But they do enjoy sunbathing along the paths!! Lots of snakes too, although these stay clear of people.

The route leads to a dead end and then you have to return the same way, which was a bit of a surprise.

A great short trip if you are staying locally. But the entrance isnt easy to find unless you know what to look for.
Written 18 November 2023
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206punitk
3 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
Not many birds in September. I recommend going only when birds are here. Otherwise not much to see. Please don’t litter. It ruins the experience of others.
Written 24 September 2023
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Big Indian Tours
Kochi (Cochin), India249 contributions
Aug 2023
The best time to visit the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is during the migratory season, which usually starts from November and lasts until March. The most famous visitor to the sanctuary is the Siberian Crane and commonly spotted birds are herons, egrets, waterfowls, cuckoos, owls, teal, and flycatchers. They offer boat rides and walking trails, if you love to walk it will be the best as it feels like you are walking through the middle of the forest. There are lots of turtle and fish varieties, small water sources and a variety of mangroves inside the sanctuary. You can hear birds chirping continuously from a distance itself.
Kumarakom is famous for its houseboat cruises, and some of these houseboats take tourists on bird-watching tours.

Things to do and places to visit in Kumarakom are:
1. Houseboat Ride
2. Kayaking
3. Kathakali Performance
4. Kumarakom Craft Museum
5. Thannermukkam
6. Local cusine/ Toddy shop
7. Marari Beach
Written 10 August 2023
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Jayesh Gajjar
3 contributions
May 2023 • Family
Excellent place to visit, experienced shikara boat as well as natural path to visit bird watching tower
Written 23 May 2023
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Srikrishnan B
Chennai (Madras), India5 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
We went there on 16th February 2023 in the morning by 7 am. It is a good nature trail but could not spot any birds. Roughly it is 2 km one way walk. In fact one day earlier, during the boat ride through the canal, we could spot many birds (about 10 different species)
Written 23 February 2023
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Bansals4
Pittsburgh, PA77 contributions
Feb 2023 • Friends
Nice paved path. Heard lots of birds - didn't see much but it was a lovely morning walk. Take mosquito repellent with you because of all the standing water.
Written 19 February 2023
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shoelady2015
World62 contributions
Feb 2023
Trail goes out and back, not circular. It is interesting to walk through a jungle and peak through to see the river, houseboats, homes, etc. Unfortunately the staff does not clean up after people who've left their soda bottles, candy wraps, etc. on the ground.
It is a nice walk otherwise. It is about 45 minutes. Walk to end of trail then walk back on same trail.
Written 18 February 2023
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