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Between the months of November and May, the bushes and woods of the sanctuary play host to some rare migratory birds. The Vembanad lake body attracts waterfowl like pin-tailed duck, garganey teal, spot-billed duck, birds of prey like osprey, marsh harrier, steppe eagle

Bird lovers will be delighted to see rare species such as crimson-backed sunbird, Malabar grey hornbill, mottled wood owl, brown fish owl and golden-backed woodpecker.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: Siberian crane, malabar parakeet, white-bellied blue flycatcher, spot-bellied eagle owl, Brahminy kite
  • Where: Kerala, India

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Jungle Trails of Southern India

Discover India’s unspoilt south: explore the backwaters of Kerala by houseboat, view elephants at Nagarhole National Park and enjoy guided walks, game drives and boat tours in Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Covering six very different national parks and reserves, this trip is a complete wildlife immersion!

  • When to go: Oct-Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 16 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,595 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Kumarakom Lake Resort

This distinguished and sophisticated heritage resort lies on the bank of the beautiful Vembanad.Lake. Its luxury rooms, villas and suites reflect traditional Keralan architecture, with modern, open-roofed bathrooms set in small courtyards. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, infinity pool and Ayurveda spa.