Sunderbans Tourism

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Swakhar Pachal5.0/5

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Exploring Sundar mangroves of the Sundardan.

Sundarban is the world's largest mangrove forest spreads over 10, 000 sq. Km. Situated in the southernmost tip of West Bengal, India and Bangladesh. This is a coastal mangrove forest lies in the vast delta on The Bay of Bengal created by numerous rivers including Ganges, Googly and Padma river. The word 'Sundarban' or 'Sundorbon' means 'beautiful forest'.
In the year of 1997 Sundarban biosphere reserve also known as tiger reserve was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its rich biodiversity. Sundarban is famous for it's Sundari tree and Royal Bengal Tiger. It is also home to numerous animals, birds, reptiles and a lot of endangered species like salt water crocodile, river dolphin, jungle cat, ch ital deer, monkey and others.
Like other Indian national parks jeep safari and elephant safaris are not arranged in sundarban. Boat safari is the only way to explore the tiger reserve.
HOW TO REACH: Nearest airport is Kolkata airport (112 km. From Sundarban) and nearest railway station is Canning railway station. Canning is 45 km. From Sealdah railway station and 29 km. Away from Godkhali jetty where the boat ride to the Sundarban starts from. Public transport is available between Canning to Godkhali. One can take a local train from Sealdah to reach Canning. It takes 1hr. 20 min. To reach Canning from Sealdah and it costs you only Rs. 15/person. So, this is the cheapest way to reach Sundarban.

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Smriti Das4.3/5

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An unique experience

It was a package tour of two nights and three days. Sundarbans National Park is one of the largest reserves for the Royal Bengal Tiger. It is also a home of reptiles, variety of birds including the salt water crocodiles. Sundarbans are a part of the world's largest delta formed by the rivers Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna. 84 species of mangrove are found in Sundarban. Sundari, Garan and Geonwa trees are the main characteristic of Sundarbans. Ramanujan river is situated in between India and Bangladesh which makes border of these two countries. Visited spectacular view of Panchamukhani meeting point of river I. E. Bidyadhari, Gajikhali, Gomodi, Herobhanga and Matla. Kholsi flower honey is very tasty from other varieties. Schedule tribe are Kol, Munda, Hoe, Saotaal, Orao, Sharda, Vhil, they are rare found at present. Maximum inhabitant Poundra in 35% are found here. OBC percentage are 20%. Enjoyed Adibasi dance Jhumur and Tushu.

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Thrilling boat ride into the mangrove of Sundarban

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Sunderbans Overview

Sunderbans is the stretch of a mangrove forests located in the southern tip of West Bengal which touches the Arabian Sea. The site is declared as a forest reserve by UNESCO, and in the year 1989 Sundarbans area was declared as Biosphere Reserve. Initially a part of the reserve was known as Sajnekhali Wildlife Sanctuary. The area of Sundarbans is about 4,110 square km out of which about 1,700 square km is occupied by rivers, canals and creeks.

The literal translation of the word in Bengalis is beautiful jungle or beautiful forest. Many believe that the word Sunderban is taken from “sundari” and “ban”, which means the forests of sundari -referring to the large mangrove trees. It is the largest Tiger Reserve and National Park in India. It is a place for birdwatchers as the thick forest here is home to the rarest varieties of birds such as Masked Fin Foot, Mangrove Pitta and the Mangrove Whistler.

The national park is famous for its tiger population and it is home to more than 250 tigers. The famous Royal Bengal tigers have now adapted to the highly saline water and are great swimmers. This adventurous wild land is full of animals such as chital deer and rhesus monkey. It also conserves the rare Ridley Sea Turtle. There is a great variety of marine animals and reptiles such as fishes, red fiddler crabs, hermit crabs, king cobra, rock python and water monitor.

The trees here have a capacity to hold the high salinity, lack of soil erosion and daily inundation by high tides. The plants here have adapted to the changing ecosystem. The terrestrial and the aquatic life are maintained by the tidal forms and the mangrove vegetation in Sundarbans. There are endangered mammals like Genetic Dolphins which live within mangrove creeks lying close to sea. Also the national reserve is a home for Trans-Himalayan migratory birds. Apart from the natural abundance of the place in terms of flora and fauna, it also features the ruins of a 400 year old temple at Netidhopani.

The best time to visit the national park is from October to March because the weather is pleasant and dry during this time. The monsoon season is not a good time to visit the place as the place becomes hot and humid and not ideal for exploring the place.

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