The Sunderbans are a part of the world’s largest delta, formed by the mighty rivers Ganga, Brahmaputra and Meghna.
Situated on the lower end of Gangetic West Bengal, the Sunderbans is criss-crossed by hundreds of creeks and tributaries. It is one of the most attractive and alluring places remaining on earch, a truly undiscovered paradise.
The name can be literally translated as beautiful jungle. The Sunderbans is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is spans a vast area covering 4,264 sq. Km in India alone.
It is the largest Tiger Reserve and National Park in India.
How To reach?
- The Sunderbans is only accessible by waterways. The nearest railroad is Port Canning, from where organized group trips start. There are several other entry points, but port Canning is most popular.
- The route is through Basanti that is connected by bus service to Kolkata. From here, one can take boats to Sajnekhali.
- One can also come via Port Canning and Gosaba or from Sonakhali to Sajnekhali.
- From Kolkata, there are Sunderban trains to Canning and buses to Namkhana, Raidighi, Sonakhali and Najat, from where motor launch services are available for Sunderbans.
Best time to visit: Sunderbans is open to visitors from October to March. The best month to visit Sunderans is between December and February
Where to stay
Sajnekhali Tourist Lodge run by West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. Tourist Lodge (03218-214960) and forest rest houses are available at Sajnekhali. There are some private lodges also.
Sunderbans Package Tour
West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation organises regular Tours to Sunderbans in the Luxury AC/Non AC Vessels MV Sarbajaya and MV Chitrarekha for 1 Night 2 Days and 2 Nights 3 Days during October to April. Details available in website www.wbtdc.gov.in
What to see
Sanekhali Watch Tower:
Sanekhali Watch Tower is counted among the most renowned watch towers in the park. The reason behind its popularity is its close proximity to a number of resorts in the Sunderbans area. This place also serves as the head office of the forest department. The Tourist can obtain the permission to enter the national park from this spot only. The watch tower can accomodate 20 people at a time. The major attractions in this region are Bono Bini Temple, Mangrove interpretation Center and the tourist lodge of the Bengal Toursm Department. This watch tower makes exploring the wilderness fun and easy. Especially, the bird loversget a special spectacle of avifauna species such as Pelican, Kingfishers, Plovers, Lap Wings, White Bellied Sea Eagle, Whimprel, Curfews, and Sandpipers.
Sudhanyakhali Watch Tower:
SudanyakhaliWatch Tower is the perfect place from where a wildlife freak can spot a tiger. The watch tower can hold 25 people at a time. There is a pond having sweet water behind the watch tower. Wild animals use to come and drink water at this point. There is vast grassland behind the pond which endows an invigorating site of the wilds. Other than the tigers, one can also spot other wildlife species such as crocodiles, wild boars and axis deer.
Do Ban Ki Watch Tower:
This Watch Tower renders canopy walk that a tourist can carry out to view the riveting flora and fauna. This Canopy walk is at an elevation of 20 feet from the ground and is about a half kilometer in length. Apart from tigers, tourists may alsoencounter Bahmini Kites and Chital deer.
Netidhopani Watch Tower:
This watch tower is linked with the famous tale of Lakhindari and Behula. It is said that on the extreme right of the woods, there is a road edified by King Pratap Aditya in order to protect the coastal area.The tower can accomodate 20 people at a time and it also embraces a sweet water lake in close proximity.
Bhagatpur Crocodile Project:
This area is an adobe of the largest estuarine crocodiles. It embraces a famous hatchery and sanctuary making it a well-liked tourist charm in SUnderbans.
It is a small area or town on the trail to the Sunderbans ational Park. It is a extremely scenic place that also offers a doorway to Sunderbans.
These isles are positioned on the souther side of Sunderbans Tiger Reserve. Halliday Wildlife Sanctuary is also located within the region. The Sanctuary has the honor of being the last retreat of the rare barking deer. The Lothian island Wildlife Sanctuary situated nearby is no less than a paradise for those who love to relish the sight of exotic birds.
The crystal clear waters and shores in Kanak are counted among the preferred basking spot for Olive Ridley Turtles. There are many myths connected with Kanak’s Turtles. It is said that they travel in upright position to a distance of about 100 Km from the mouth of the sea to the Sunderban National Park.