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Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is among the most popular bird watching spots in the country. Spread out over 14 hectares, one comes across numerous rare avian species in these parts.
Located on the banks of the Vembanad Lake in Kottayam, one gets to see a variety of migratory birds that flock in thousands. Developed in a rubber plantation as a bird sanctuary by Englishman George Alfred Baker, the sanctuary was formerly known as Baker's Estate. The main attractions are local birds like waterfowl, koel, owl, egret, heron, cormorant, moorhen, darter, and brahminy kite, as well as the migratory gull, teal, tern, flycatcher, and other birds are seen here during their respective migratory seasons. Some of the migratory birds come from the Himalayas, and a few from Siberia.
Good to Know:
Location: 35km from Sterling Lake Palace Alleppey
Best Time To Visit: June - August
Timings: 6am - 6pm
Alleppey Backwaters1 hr
One does not visit Alleppey and not take a boat trip down the gorgeous backwaters of Alleppey – It’s simply not done!
Vembanad Lake1 hr
The longest lake in India and the largest lake in Kerala, Vembanad Lake is also the second largest wetland system in India, second only to the Sunderbans.
Marari Beach2 hrs
One of the calmest beaches in India, Marari Beach sees fewer tourists than most other commercial beaches, and is one of the best places on the west coast to view a spectacular sunrise and sunset.
Alleppey Beach2 hrs
One Liner: One of the most beautiful places to visit in Alleppey, Alleppey Beach is one of the most scenic and tranquil destinations in the city.
Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple2 hrs
One of the seven greatest Vaishnava temples in Travancore, this temple is believed to have been built during 15th century AD by the local ruler Chembakasserry Pooradam Thirunal-Devanarayanan Thampuran.
Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple2hrs
Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple in Haripad is a very ancient and internationally known centre of pilgrimage for the devotees of serpent gods (Nagaraja). The famous Nagaraja temple "Mannarasala" in Haripad is nestled in a forest glade, like most snake temples.
Pathiramanal is a bird watcher’s paradise. This small island on the backwaters is a safe haven for hundreds of rare migrating birds.
Canal Bazaar1 hr
A one-of-a-kind bazaar in India, the Canal Bazaar is must visit for spice lovers!
Krishnapuram Palace2 hrs
The Krishnapuram Palace is a palace and museum located in Kayamkulam near Alappuzha. The Krishnapuram Palace, as one of the finest and rarest examples of a typical Keralite-style architecture, known in the local language as Pathinarukettu, is complete with gabled roofs, narrow corridors and dormer windows. It is a miniature replica of Padmanabhapuram Palace, which was the headquarters of Travancore Rajas.
Arthunkal Church1 hr
St. Andrew's Church, Arthunkal is one of the famous pilgrim centres located at Alappuzha in South India. It is the largest shrine of St Sebastian in the world.