An attraction of Kumarakom is the Bird sanctuary spreading over 14 acres of land. Located on the banks of the Vembanad Lake, the sanctuary is a favourite haunt of migratory birds like the Siberian Stork, egret, darter, heron and teal. Local birds like the water fowl, cuckoo, owl and water hen, other common varieties like the wood pecker, sky lark, crane and parrots can also be spotted here. 91 Species of local 50 species of migratory birds are found here. The best time to bird watch is June-August and migratory birds during November-February. A cruise along the Vembanad Lake is the best way to experience the sanctuary.House Boats and motorboats are available on hire for bird watching cruises in the Lake.
Nearest airports are Cochin International Airport, Ernakulam District (74.3 Km) & Trivandrum International Airport, Thiruvananthapuram District (163.8 Km)
Railway Station Kottayam (19 Km) ( Enquiry : 0481-2563535, 2567360, 2567491)
KSRTC, Kottayam (18 Km) ( Enquiry:0481 2562908)