Sunderban Tiger Reserve
Fast Facts About Sunderban Trip
Piyali, West Bengal, 50 kms from Gosaba and 113 kms from Kolkata
1310.10 sq. km
Major Attractions :
Bengal Tiger, Ridley Sea Turtle
Best Time to Visit :
October to February
7 am to 5 pm.
About Subderban National Park
Home to the World's most fierce wild cat, Sunderban tiger reserve is a true heaven
for the wildlife lovers. Just imagine watching the king of jungle 'the Royal Bengal
tiger' right in front of your jeep, it is one experience that you will never forget.
Also the Sunderban jungle are the world's biggest mangrove forests and delta and is
formed by the merging of three famous rivers - the Ganges, the Brahmaputra and the
Sunderban Forest - A Treat For Wild Lovers
Spreading over a vast area of thickly forested islands and saline water channels,
Sunderbans is home to some of India's most interesting wildlife. Of course, the
Royal Bengal Tiger
is the main attraction in
Sunderbans, but you can also watch several other animal species like Spotted
Deer, Wild Pigs, Rhesus Monkeys, Herons, Kingfishers, White Bellied Eagles etc.
Moreover, due to its great bio-diversity, Sunderbans was awarded the status of
World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997.
Flora of Sunderbans
A fascinating variety of floral species and vegetation awaits your arrival in the
Sunderban Tiger Camp. Sunderbans, the largest estuarine delta in the world, provides
natural habitat to a variety of plant species, tall grasses and thick mangrove forests.
Among the various floral species, the flaming red leaves of the Genwa, the crab like
red flowers of the Kankara and yellow blooms of Khalis contribute most to the dazzling
beauty of Sunderbans.
Fauna of Sunderbans
Enter the world of Royal Bengal tiger and be thrilled with its gracious charm that
attracts travelers from all over. The Sunderbans mangrove forest provide shelter to
over 400 Bengal Tigers that have well adapted themselves to the saline and aqua
environment of Sundarban.
In addition to Tigers, you can spot several other wild animals like Chital Dear
and Rhesus Monkey. Moreover, Sunderbans is also noted for its population of
the Ridley Sea Turtle. An incredible variety of reptiles are found in the
Sunderbans that include King Cobra, Rock Python and Water Monitor. During
the day time, you can see several crocodiles resting along the mud banks
under the sun.
Sunderban Tours - What To Do
Boating is the most popular leisure activity,
which you would like to take up in Sunderbans. On your boat trip, you can
spot a number of wild animals drinking water by the lake or moving from one
place to another. But, if you want to visit the estuarine delta area, permits
are required. You can obtain this from the office of the Field Director,
Sunderbans, Port Canning, 24 Parganas. By obtaining the permits, you can
visit the Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary and the Project Tiger reserve areas
Riding on an elephant back while exploring
the deep forest area and its resident is one experience that we all want to
experience once in our lifetime. And this is the best way to see the wild
animals without becoming their prey. Elephant safari is a popular way to
see the wild world.
Sunderban Tourism - Nearby Attractions
Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary :
Located adjacent to the Sunderban
Tiger Reserve, the Sajnekhali Sanctuary is considered a part of the Sunderbans.
Known for its rich bird population, the Sajnekhali Sanctuary provides a visual
treat for your eyes. At Sajnekhali Sanctuary, you can spot several colorful
species of Kingfisher, Plovers, White Bellied Sea Eagle, Sandpipers, Whimbrels,
Lap-Wings and Curfews.
Just 48 km away from Sunderban, Piyali is the gateway to the
Tiger Reserve. Piyali is 72 km from Kolkata and close to Sajnekhali, Sudhanyakhali
Visit Netidhopani where you can see the ruins of a 400 year old temple.
Close to the Sunderbans, Bhagabatpur is another wonderful place
which is known for housing a breeding ground of the world's largest estuarine crocodiles.
Kanak is another interesting place, which is home to the Olive Ridley Turtles.
Kaikhali Island :
While you are on the way to Sunderbans, you cannot
miss a visit to the picturesque Kaikhali Island. With its natural beauty and charming
surroundings, Kaikhali Island makes an ideal picnic spot.
Haliday Island :
Haliday Island is also a must visit place near Sunderban.
Travel Sunderban � Where To Stay
Sajnekhali Tourist Lodge is the only accommodation available within the Sunderban Tiger
Reserve. Situated atop the pillars, Sajnekhali Tourist Lodge offer living rooms as well
as dormitories and meals in its dining hall. You can also stay in new resorts constructed
at Gosaba and Bali Islands.
How to Reach
Nearest airport is located at Kolkata (131 km) which is well connected by several flights with major cities of India.
Port Canning (48 km) is the closest rail-head from Sunderbans. From Port Canning, regular trains are available for Kolkata.
Regular buses ply from Port Canning to Sonakhali, Raidighi,
Najat and Namkhana. From all these destinations, launches can be hired to tour
the waterways of the reserve. Boat ride is the only way to get around the Sunderban.