Royal Big Cats prowl
112 km from Kolkata, in Piyali, West Bengal
Go there for :
Bengal Tiger and Ridley Sea Turtle
1330.10 sq km
Best Sightings :
Park Closed :
STD Code :
+91 - 3218
Spread over some 1330.10 sq-km and composed of some 54 alluvial
islands, Sunderban is worlds largest delta located in Piyali, West
Bengal, formed by the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghana rivers and watered by
the mighty Bay of Bengal. Some 120 km away from West Bengal Capital Kolkata,
Sunderbans claim to fame are its priceless reserve of the world famous
Royal Bengal Tiger.
During the spring, the the leaves of Genwa and the red Kankara flowers
carpet the swaps red and tiny yellow blooms of Khalsi flake the entire
locale, bejeweling the swampy islands and with the growl of the Bengal Tiger
in the backdrop, the jungle looks too beautiful to be true.
The Bengal tigers have adopted
themselves excellently to the aqua and the saline environs of the
Sunderbans. At present there are about 200 Bengal Tigers that inhabit the
national park. They are expert swimmers (can swim up to10 km), hunt for fish
and can also steal honey from the bee hives. The best spots for tiger
sightings are Sajnekhali, Sudhanyakhali, Netidhopani and Haldi. As you
explore the jungles, you have chances of spotting a variety of fascinating
wildlife like the rhesus monkey, wild pigs, wild boars, chital, swamp deer
and so on. If you have never seen what a river terrapin looks like, here is
your chance. The endangered Batagur Baska (river terrapin) is seen at the
Mechua Beach, while the barking deer is found at Holiday Island in
Sunderbans. The Olive Ridley Turtles nest at the Kanak island shores during
the winters. The swampy marshlands and dense mangrove forests at the
Sunderbans offer an ideal habitat for the various interesting bird species.
is a museum where they have preserved heart, lung, kidney of the Tiger in
Formaldehyde solution, along with many other reptiles. Do not miss it!
Piyali is a small river that is considered the gateway to
Sundarbans, 72 km from Kolkatta by road. This along with Kaikhali make ideal
romantic holiday destination. A beautiful tourist complex with accommodation
and recreation facilities is also situated over here.
The Sajnakhali Sanctuary:
Protected from all sides by netted wires,
the Sajnakhali Sanctuary complex houses a museum, a watchtower and the
Herbivore Acclimatization Center. It is actually a part of the Sunderbans
National Park and boasts of a very significant avian influx. Don't miss out
the Canopy Walk to its south-west where you can stroll through the mangrove
Bhagabatpur Crocodile Project:
A few hours drive from Namkhana will
bring you to a hatchery of the world's largest estuarine crocodile, flanked
by the Saptamukhi River.
At Netidhopani, discover the ruins of a 400-year-old
This little spot boasts of the hatchery of the largest
estuarine crocodiles in the world.
Haliday Island is famous as last retreat of barking
dear in India.
The WBTDC organizes guided tours- mostly of a duration of two or
three days, starting and ending at Kolkata. They're a good way of visiting
Sunderbans without some of the adventure which accompanies making your own
arrangements. Within Sunderbans, the only way to get around is by boat; you
can take a boat ride, along with an official from the Project Tiger office.
- Foreign tourists have to get a permit for entry into the park from
West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation in Kolkata.
- Park charges Entry Fee: Rs. 15 (Indians) & Rs. 150 (foreigners),
Boat Fee: Rs. 100/boat/day plus Rs. 45 for 3 crew members, Camera: Rs.
300 (video) & still free, Guide : Rs. 200
- Park timings are 7 AM - 5 PM.
- Be careful with the drinking water and carry all the basic medicines
- Carry all the essentials including mosquito repellent cream, light
clothes, sun hat, thick rubber sole boots etc.
- Get prior information about the park and take an experienced local
- Prior permission is required, which can be obtained from the Forest
Officer at Khulna
- The entry fees and other charges are to be paid at the relevant
(50-kms): If you have time visit this quaint village
of fishermen near the Sunderbans and buy Tiger Prawns and Honey, the best in
quality. These were erstwhile denizens of Sunderbans who lived on fish and
honey, and got relocated in Gosaba due to a noble Englishmen Sir Daniel
Hamilton, effort and now their survival depends on our co-operation.
(120 km): Kolkata, aka Calcutta, is the West Bengal Capital,
third largest urban agglomeration in India. With attractions like Victoria
Memorial and Howrah Bridge (Rabindra Setu), this is one of Indias
tourist hot-hubs. Go there for a look and feel of a different and unique
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