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Watch migratory birds that make a Kerala pit-stop

Kumarakom bird sanctuary nestled along the famous backwaters of the Vembanad Lake is another essential stopover of bird watchers. 

Hundreds of species of migratory and Indian birds play in Kerala‚Äôs scenic bird sanctuaries at Thattekad and Thekkady. Clap at their aerobatic skills, zig-zag, music and sing. Set up in 1983, Thattekad bird sanctuary is the first bird sanctuary of Kerala. Spread over 25sq km of moist deciduous forests, sandwiched between the tributaries of the Periyar River, it is  a haven for migratory and native birds. You can spot many rare bird species like Ceylon frogmouth and the rose-billed roller. 

The three storied watch tower inside the sanctuary allows you to spot elusive birds that come out only in the dusk and to have a panoramic view of the surroundings. This  eco friendly tower is powered by only  solar powered lamps. If you are  a large group of holiday makers, then the forest department inspection bungalow,' Hornbill' would be  a better choice. Situated near the sanctuary entrance, it offers dormitory type accommodation. The PWD rest house near the Bhoothathankett Dam is yet another handy option.

Kumarakom bird sanctuary nestled along the famous backwaters of the Vembanad Lake is another essential stop over of bird watchers. Set up in 14 acres of land, it is home to many exotic avian species like darters, egrets and herons, which paint the landscape with strokes of colours. Migratory birds like Siberian stork  visit this tranquil patch of land every year during the winter season with clock work precision. 

You can spot some stunning birds in the Periyar wild life sanctuary as well. Feted as one of the world's most enchanting natural reserves, this sanctuary at Thekkady allows you to take a closer look at these beautiful birds apart from a rich wild life including tigers and elephants.

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