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name Sunderbans derive from the Sundri plant found in local mangrove and ban
in Bengali means forest. Therefore, literally Sunderbans is the forest of
Sundri plants. The area is the vast tract off forest and salt water swamp
forming ht lower part of the Ganges
extending about 260 km along the Bay of Bengal from the Hoogly river Estuary
(India) to the Meghna river Estuary in Bangladesh. Close proximity to Bay of
Bengal make the place of highest rainfall of that area, also the place is
much humid. The dense forest of Sunderbans is one of the largest mangroves
in the world and habitat of of Bengal tiger
Tigers in Sunderbans are renowned for their notorious behavior. They are
ferocious and innumerable tales are Gossiped among fishermen of man eater
tigers. Most of tiger reserve is in the Bangladesh side but the Sunderbans
in India hold more than 250 royal Bengal tigers. It is also a part of the
worlds largest delta formed by the rivers Ganges, Brahmaputra and
Meghna. In the year 1997 Sunderban was awarded as world heritage site by
UNESCO. Tiger reserve of Sunderban holds more tiger than any other tiger
reserve in India. tigers have adopted to saline water and feed on fishes and
small animals in the jungles. They are almost become amphibious animal and
very good swimmers.
Sunderbans are cluster of Islands with an area of about 6000 sq.km forming
the largest block of littoral forest. Natural surroundings of Sunderbans
lure environmentalists and biologists also a home of various fauna, the
place is natural habitat of several wild creatures. Sunderbans is specially
famous for royal Bengal tiger, which has the highest population among any
other national park in India. Besides tiger, Sunderbans is a natural habitat
of spotted deer, jungle fowl, wild boar, monkeys, lizards, python, king
cobra, chequered killback, ridley sea turtle. Sunderbans is also a breeding
ground of innumerable varieties of birds like egret, cormorant, fishing
engle, seagull, kingfisher, golden plover, pintail, white eyed pochard,
eastern knot and whistling teal. The beauty of Sunderbans is being added by
the migratory flock of Siberian ducks.
Sajnekhali - Sajnekhali is the popular bird sanctuary and only place in the
Sunderbans area where you will find some decent hotels. There is also
mangrove interpretation center. The seven colorful species of kingfisher,
plovers, lap wings, white bellied sea eagle, curfews, whimbrels, sandpipers
and pelicans captures most of the attraction.
Sunderbans Tiger Reserve
- Project tiger was implemented in 1973 and
later Sunderbans tiger reserve was separated over 2,585 sq.km. The inner
circle of 1,330 sq.km has been declared as a national park and also a
heritage site. The recent census confirmed of tiger population of 287.
Although the environmetn is not typically of tigers but they are well
adapted to the area.
Bhagbatpur Crocodile Project
- Bhagbatpur is near Sunderbans and a
crocodile farm. Tour to this farm are organized by WBTDC ( West Bengal
Tourism Department Corporation). Bhagbatpur is a hatchery of the largest
estuarine crocodile in the world.
- Piyali is the gateway to Sunderban and a tourist complex.
From Piyali tourist cruise takes to the largest evergreen mangrove forests
of biggest colony of Indian tigers. The deep inside the forest there are
rich tribal folklore of royal Bengal tiger. Local people believe that
Bonbibi(goddess of jungle) protects the wood cutters, honey collector and
fishermen. There is a famous saying of tiger is always observing you
- It is a place of ruins of 400 years old temple.
- The place is a breeding ground of endangered olive ridley
Best time to visit the place is between September and March. Specially in
winter to catch a view of the migratory birds.
Winter cool in January at minimum 10, dry season December to April maximum
Foreign tourist need to take a permit from the secretary of forest
department of West Bengal to enter the special zone of Sunderbans national
park. Tourist may visit the field director, Sunderbans Tiger Reserve, PO
Canning, District 24 Parganas, West Bengal. Though a boat cruise outside the
sanctuary require no permit.
Boat cruise across the ebbing water and float down the various lanes formed
by many rivers is the best way to discover the jungle.
By Air : Kolkata
the nearest airport is at a distance of 112-kms from the Sundarbans National
By Train :
The nearest railhead is Canning, 48-kms away
from the Sunderbans National Park. From there you can take busses that goes
to Sonakhali, Raidighi, Najat and Namkhana
By Road :
The excellent road network connects Namkhana
to Kolkata, Sonakhali (100-kms), Raidighi (76-kms), Canning (64-kms), and
Najat (92-kms), all lying nearby the Sunderbans.
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