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Kumarakom, Bird Sanctuary, Kerala

Kumarakom, the most famous backwaters village in Kerala, is on the east banks of Vembanad Lake which is the largest freshwater lake in the state of Kerala and the longest lake in India. Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things is set in Ayemenem or Aymanam village, which adjoins Kumarakom. The explosive success of this novel has given some added tourism impetus to this area. To satisfy the thirst for tourism, many resorts have sprung up, doting the banks of the backwaters and the lake. Coconut lagoon, has probably the most prime spot, opening up into the lake and daily visits from all the birds. KTDC has a resort, Waterscapes, which also serves as the entrance point into the Kumarakom bird sanctuary.

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary serves as a temporary home to many species of migratory birds. The Vembanad Lake is a habitat for many marine and freshwater fish species and it teems with Karimeen and shrimp. The bird sanctuary extends over 14 acres and came into existence following preservation efforts from the government. Egrets, Herons, Kingfishers, Cormorants all are found in plenty.

Any picture you see of the backwaters of Kerala was probably taken in Kumarakom, and no amount of pictures evokes the same feelings as gliding in a kettuvallam, a traditional boat, or a houseboat on the backwaters or on Vembanad lake, and being part of an ecosystem that includes thousands of birds. Kumarakom is a must see for any visitor to India and truly represents the words Incredible India.

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Backwaters, Kumarakom, Kerala
Backwaters, Kumarakom, Kerala
Coconut Lagoon, Lake Vembanad, Backwaters, Kumarakom, Kerala
Coconut Lagoon, Lake Vembanad, Backwaters, Kumarakom, Kerala
Coconut Lagoon, Backwaters, Kumarakom, Kerala
Coconut Lagoon, Backwaters, Kumarakom, Kerala
Houseboat, Backwaters, Kumarakom, Kerala
Houseboat, Backwaters, Kumarakom, Kerala
Houseboat, Backwaters, Kumarakom, Kerala
Houseboat, Backwaters, Kumarakom, Kerala
Houseboat, Lake Vembanad, Kumarakom, Kerala
Houseboat, Lake Vembanad, Kumarakom, Kerala
Houseboats, Lake Vembanad, Kumarakom, Kerala
Houseboats, Lake Vembanad, Kumarakom, Kerala
Houseboats, Lake Vembanad, bird sanctuary, Kumarakom, Kerala
Houseboats, Lake Vembanad, bird sanctuary, Kumarakom, Kerala
Boating, Backwaters, Kumarakom, Kerala
Boating, Backwaters, Kumarakom, Kerala
Boating, Backwaters, Kumarakom, Kerala
Boating, Backwaters, Kumarakom, Kerala
Boating, Backwaters, Kumarakom, Kerala
Boating, Backwaters, Kumarakom, Kerala
Boating, Backwaters, Kumarakom, Kerala
Boating, Backwaters, Kumarakom, Kerala
Houseboat, Backwaters, Kumarakom, Kerala
Houseboat, Backwaters, Kumarakom, Kerala
Cocount trees, backwaters, Kumarakom, Kerala
Cocount trees, backwaters, Kumarakom, Kerala
Backwaters, Kumarakom, Kerala
Backwaters, Kumarakom, Kerala
Boat, backwaters, Kumarakom, Kerala
Boat, backwaters, Kumarakom, Kerala
House, backwaters, Kumarakom, Kerala
House, backwaters, Kumarakom, Kerala
House, backwaters, Kumarakom, Kerala
House, backwaters, Kumarakom, Kerala
White Breasted Kingfisher, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
White Breasted Kingfisher, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Heron, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Heron, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Indian Pond Heron, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Indian Pond Heron, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Little Blue Kingfisher, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Little Blue Kingfisher, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Heron, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Heron, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Heron, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Heron, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Heron, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Heron, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Juvenile Bronze winged Jacana, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Juvenile Bronze winged Jacana, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Juvenile Bronze winged jacana, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Juvenile Bronze winged jacana, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Bronze winged Jacana, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Bronze winged Jacana, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Bronze winged Jacana, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Bronze winged Jacana, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Egret, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Egret, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Egret, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Egret, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Egret, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Egret, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Egret, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Egret, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Egret, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Egret, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Egret, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Egret, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Little Cormorant, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Little Cormorant, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Little Cormorant, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Little Cormorant, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Little Cormorant, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Little Cormorant, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Darter and Little Cormorant, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Darter and Little Cormorant, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Little Cormorant, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Little Cormorant, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Purple waterhen, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Purple waterhen, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Drango, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Drango, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Darters, Cormorants, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Darters, Cormorants, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Water Lily, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Water Lily, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Water Lily, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Water Lily, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Lily, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Lily, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Indian Pond Heron, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Indian Pond Heron, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Indian Pond Heron, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Indian Pond Heron, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Large lizard, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Large lizard, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Large lizard, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Large lizard, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Large lizard, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Large lizard, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Dinosaur, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Dinosaur, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Butterflies, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Butterflies, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Butterflies, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Butterflies, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Butterfly, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala
Butterfly, Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kerala