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Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary


Location : 40 Kms From Thodupuzha, Kerala
Famous For : Elephants
Area : 77 sq. Kms
Altitude : 450-758m Above Sea Level


Idukki Wildlife SanctuaryLocated in the southern state of India, Kerala, Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary is situated at a distance of 40 kms from Thodupuzha. This sanctuary extends over the Thodupuzha and Udumpanchola taluks of Idukki district spreading over 77sq. kms, at 450 - 748m above sea level. Located in the southern state of India, Kerala, Idukki National Park is one of Kerala's finest havens for wildlife and is home to vast herds of Elephants, bisons, bear, wild boars, sambar wild dogs, jungle cats, tiger, wild boar and has a very large concentration of various species of snakes including cobra, viper, kraits and numerous non-poisonous ones.

The bird life in the sanctuary is equally impressive. Important birds include myna, jungle fowl, black bulbul, laughing thrush, woodpecker, peafowl, kingfisher etc. The Idukki reservoir formed by three dams-Cheruthoni, Idukki and Kulamavu - extends to 33 sq. km. A picturesque lake, a majestic arch dam across two hills and roaming herds of elephants and gaur are sights that lure you to this enchanting canopy of tropical semi-evergreen and deciduous forests. The fauna also includes Langur, Leopard and Wild Boar.

Wild Population of Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary
The sanctuary has a large variety of flora and fauna. Among the mammals, Elephants, Wild Dogs, Jungle Cats, Tiger, Wild Boar, Bison, Sambar, Deer, etc reptiles such as Cobra, Viper, Krait and a large number of non- poisonous snakes can be seen. Jungle Fowl, Myna, Laughing Thrush, Kingfisher, Black Bulbul, Peafowl, Woodpecker, etc. also inhabit the place in large numbers. In short, it may be said that rich wildlife and scenic beauty make the Idukki National Park one of the best game viewing destinations in the state of Kerala. The sanctuary is easily accessible from all the places of India.

How to Get There
Air : Kochi is the nearest airport.


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Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary


Location : 12 Kms From Kottayam, Kerala
Main Attractions : Water Fowls, Siberian Cranes
Best Season : June To August
Nearby Attraction : Vembanad Lake


Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, situated on the picturesque banks of the Vembanad Lake is known for its varied avian population. Known as an ornithologist's paradise, the bird sanctuary spreads over an area of 14 acres. Set amidst the lush wooded land, the sanctuary provides the close view of the variety of migratory birds that come from Himalayas or far places like Siberia. Local varieties such as waterfowls, cuckoos and owls, as well as the migratory Siberian Cranes can be viewed here. The natural beauty and varied activities of native Kingfishers, Egrets, Herons, Golden-Backed Woodpeckers and acrobatics of the paradise Fly-catchers fascinate the visitors.

The Kumarakom Tourist Complex, sprawling over 101 acres of enchanting wooded land and lake, was built around the 50-year-old 'Baker's Mansion', which was earlier a small hotel run by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC). Now the complex has been renovated in grand style by the Taj Kerala Resorts Ltd. The best way to watch the avian population of the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a boat trip round the islands. Boats are available on hire for a cruise around the sanctuary.

Viewing The Wild - Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Houseboats and motor boats are available on hire for bird watching cruises on the lake.

Wild Population of Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
The main attractions are local birds like the owl, egret, heron and the water duck, water fowl, cuckoo, as well as the migratory Siberian cranes. Parrots, flycatchers, wood beetle, teal, larks, and other birds are seen here during their respective migratory seasons.

Best Time To Visit
The best time to bird watch is between June and August. To watch Migratory birds, November to February is the best time.


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