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JULY 2021

Kumbla Estuary and Mangrove Forest
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Kumbla Estuary and Mangrove Forest - A Biodiversity Hotspot

Kumbla is a small town located in Kasaragod district where natural beauty offers a serene backdrop to fascinating tales of ancient history. Also spelt as Kumble or Kumbala, the town is located at the mouth of a lagoon formed by the Shriya River.  At its mouth, the river joins the backwaters near the Shriya and Kumbla towns, and forms an estuary.

As we observe the International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem on July 26, Kumbla is an ideal destination where you not only see but also realise the value of mangroves. Kumbla is home to swathes of mangrove forests that are rich in biodiversity. The Kerala government had put in a lot of effort to cultivate the mangrove forest. The river mouth is rich in minerals, sand and silt, which provides the most suitable environment for mangroves to flourish.

Home to a range of flora and fauna, the estuary also attracts numerous migrant birds. Openbill storks, seagulls, black/brown-headed gulls, lesser crested terns and Eurasian curlews are some of the birds spotted in the area.

Apart from serving as a perfect venue for boating on the backwaters, the locale is suitable for a stroll along the banks, if you wish to explore the natural beauty of the environs and enjoy the laidback beauty of village life. The lack of wildlife in these parts makes the mangroves comparatively safer.

Nearby places of interest include Kumbla Fort, Kumbla Temple, Ananthapura Lake Temple, Hanuman Temple, Bela Church, Maipady Palace and Kumbla Beach. The abode of natural beauty, Kumbla is a popular picnic spot in the district.

Getting there
Nearest railway station: Kumbla, about 4 km away
Nearest airport: Mangalore International Airport, about 50 km away; 
Kannur International Airport, about 120 km away

District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC)
Vidya Nagar,
Kasaragod - 671 123
Phone: +91 4994 256450

  Topics: Forest   Kasaragod  

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