The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake and this small water world is part of the Kuttanad region. Howevr...this place has a specialty related to birds...Can we discuss
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Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is located on the banks of the Vembanad Lake. The bird sanctuary is spread across 14 acres. The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, an ornithologist s paradise is a favourite haunt of migratory birds like the siberian stork, egret, darter, heron and teal. A visit to the bird sanctuary, set within the lush acres of wooded land nearby, acquaints you to the variety of migratory birds that flock in thousands, some from the Himalayas, some even from as far as Siberia. In addition, you can get thrilled of the native kingfishers ablaze in psychedelic colours, experience a walk under rookeries of egrets and night herons or lone golden-backed woodpeckers and even delight in the acrobatics of the paradise fly-catchers. Pathiramanal sands of midnight , an enchanting island on the lake, can be accessed by boat from here. This 10 acre island on the backwaters is home to many rare varieties of migratory birds from different parts of the world. According to mythology a young Brahmin dived into the Vembanad Lake to perform his evening ablutions and the water made way for the land to rise from below. The island can be accessed only by boat. A cruise along the Vembanad Lake is the best way to experience the sanctuary. The main attractions are local birds like the waterfowl, cuckoo, owl, egret, heron and the water duck, as well as the migratory Siberian cranes. Parrots, teal, larks, flycatchers, wood beetle, and other birds are seen here during their respective migratory seasons. Houseboats and motorboats are available on hire for bird watching cruises on the lake. The best time to bird watch is between June and August. To watch Migratory birds, November to February is the best time.