The Sundarbans is located in the Ganga Delta, and it is made up of an
intricate combination of mudflats intersected by tidal waterways. The major
portion of the entire 10,000 sq. km over which this region is spread lies in
India and the remaining portion is part of Bangladesh and is a populae place to holiday in West Bengal.
Besides the tiger, Sundarbans
is famous for the variety of wildlife it supports, such as several species of
birds, turtles, deer, crocodiles and snakes. The Sundarbans Tiger Reserve was
created in 1973, and it is majorly involved with the tiger protection project
to conserve and improve the population of the tiger population in Sundarbans.
The best places to sight tigers are the watch towers at Sudhanyakhali
and Sajnekhali. At the Sajnekhali watch tower, you can also visit the crocodile
park, museum and the Bonobibi temple. The Netidhopani area houses a 400-year
old temple. To catch a glimpse of the famous barking deer, visit Holiday Island
and to witness the conservation of the endangered Olive Ridley turtles, visit
Kanak by enjoy a vacation in North East India.
Time to Visit Sundarbans
Sundarbans is best experienced during the period between November and
March. If you choose to visit this area during the months of April and May, you
can also witness the process by which locals collect honey. The only way to get
around the area is by a motorized boat that you hire yourself or to take one of
the conducted tour packages provided by the West Bengal tourism department or
The Dum Dum airport at Kolkata is about 166 km from Sundarbans, and it
is the nearest airport. Besides this, it is also possible to travel to
Sundarbans from the Sonari airport at Jamshedpur, which is about 317 km away,
and the Singerbhil airport at Agartala, which is 342 km away. Local taxis are
available to ferry passengers from these airports to Sundarbans. One can conveniently reach Sundarbans by booking holiday tours from Kolkata.
The nearest railway station is Canning that is located about 48 km
from Sundarbans. The West Bengal state road transport corporation operates
several bus services to Sundarbans from cities such as Kolkata, which is 166 km
away; Namkhana, which is 105 km away; and Raidighi, which is a mere 76 km away.
Entry permits for the Sundarban Tiger Reserve
are available at Canning, Bagna and Sonakhali. To visit the western parts of
the forest, you need another entry permit that is available at Canning,
Raidighi and Namkhana. Foreigners visiting Sundarbans should procure a permit from
the office of the Joint Secretary (Forest) at Kolkata