Explore Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary—A Fun-Filled Holiday Activity in Kerala with Kids.

Last Updated on May 19, 2023 by asoulwindow

Explore Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary—A Fun-Filled Holiday Activity in Kerala with Kids

Kumarakom is one of the major places to visit in Kerala because of its scenic beauty and ample activities to enjoy with family. It’s a group of small islands on Lake Vembanad in the region of Kuttanad. Houseboats dot the pristine waters here while the villages offer a peek into the quaint backwater lifestyle.

Left to right- My dad, my maternal aunt and my mom in the backwaters of Kerala.

I have been to Kerala several times. I have been there on solo trips as well as on trips with my parents. I found it to be a family friendly destination. I would love to come here again with my nephew and niece.

Cormorants rule in the backwaters of Kerala. 

Top bird-watching place in Kerala:

One of the top tourist places in Kerala is the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, which is located right here. It is a breathtakingly beautiful place to visit with family. Kids, in particular, will be delighted with the various avian species that may be found here. It’s spread across 14 hectares on the banks of Lake Vembanad. The sanctuary boasts many bird species including those that have migrated from the Himalayas and Siberia. Indian darter, white ibis, little cormorant, kingfisher, egret, waterfowl, water duck, cuckoo, parrots, owl, flycatchers, Siberian cranes, teal, larks, and wood beetles are just some of the birds that may be found here.

Backwaters of Kerala are cormorant paradise! 

How to move around in Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

There are multiple ways to tour the sanctuary. First is to rent a houseboat or a motorboat. You have the option to cruise on Lake Vembanad or River Kavanar. The other choice is to go for a one-and-a-half-kilometer morning walk along a designated walkway in the sanctuary. Either way, your kids will learn a lot about different bird species.

Duck Tales. Backwaters of Kerala is great for bird-watching! 

Other Activities To Do in Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Some other activities to do with your kids in the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary include peaceful boating on Lake Vembanad, visiting an enchanting butterfly garden located on the birdwatching walkway, and visiting nearby areas like Kaipuzha Muttu and Pathirmanal, which are also great for birdwatching.

My parents enjoying Keralan food avial, thoran etc near backwaters of Kerala. 

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary Fact file

Best time to visit Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

June to August is the best season for local birdwatching. However, it may also be a good idea to visit from November to February as that is when most of the migratory birds visit the sanctuary.

Timings of Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

 The sanctuary is open from 6 AM to 5 PM daily.

How to reach Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

The airport at Kochi is the closest to Kumarakom at a distance of 94km while the closest railway station is at Kottayam, which is about 13km away.

The daily grind at the backwaters of Kerala. 

Where to stay in Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Located in the middle of the lovely Kerala backwaters is Club Mahindra Kumarakom Resort. It is a modern resort with comfortable amenities and a tranquil environment that’s sure to get you in the mood to rejuvenate. Experience Kumarakom like never before during your family vacation at this kid-friendly resort, which boasts a host of indoor and outdoor activities for all age groups. Plan a vacation with Club Mahindra & have a pleasant and memorable stay at Kumarakom resort located on the beautiful banks of Vembanad Lake. Don’t forget to tuck into the delicious Keralan cuisine at this Kerala resort.

Picture Perfect! Backwaters of Kerala. 

The backwaters are a haven for peaceful vacations. With lots of activities to keep the kids hooked, Club Mahindra will ensure you get to put your feet up. Make sure to book your holidays, soon! Join Club Mahindra & choose from over 50+ resorts for your next family vacation.

Me in the backwaters of Kerala. Pic by: Mrs. Reeta Singh

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16 thoughts on “Explore Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary—A Fun-Filled Holiday Activity in Kerala with Kids.”

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  6. What a fun way to experience Kerala! I love birds myself, but seeing children get excited over them is even better. 🙂 I think I’d like to visit via the houseboat idea you mentioned, mostly because I’ve never been on a houseboat before and would like to try it out!

  7. I knew of only the boat house there, the bird sanctuary is new to me. Boating on lake Vembanad and butterfly Garden seems such wonderful activities to do there. I love Kerala food and I was drooling over that spread of yumm food in the pic.

  8. Kerala is a destination which is for all. I am sure your family, specially the little ones must have enjoyed the lush green Kerala with birds and water everywhere. Kumarakom Bird sanctuary looks interesting as birds from different species and regions migrate here during winter months. Enjoying Kerala’s avial that too near backwaters must be awesome experience.

  9. Kerala is such a beautiful place surrounded by lush nature and splendid views. No wonder it’s called God’s own country. Watching birds in their natural habitat is an exhilarating experience. Kerala is on my bucket list and I hope I can make it to the Kumarakom bird sanctuary some day.

  10. Kerala looks like the kind of place where family traditions are born. Parents return with their kids and those kids with theirs, for many generations. You can learn a lot about nature from watching birds.

  11. I have heard nothing but wonderful things about Kerala. Bird watching just makes it even cooler. The boat rides look very fun as well and the food seems delicious!

  12. This looks like a great bird sanctuary, and in a lovely area of India too. The resort you mentioned sounds like a good choice in Kerala. Lovely photos as usual, thank you for sharing them!

  13. Abigail Sinsona

    That certainly looks like a fun activity to bring the kids to! They always enjoy bird shows and any wildlife experience. I didn’t know that you have one in Kerala. That is such an interesting travel tip!

  14. Nice to read about your Kumarakom experience. Kerala is a wonderful place for all kinds of travelers. Next time you should come and witness the boat races that happen around the Onam festival time. That’s when the place comes alive. 🙂

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