Friday, 9 December 2011

Sunderbans, West Bengal

Sunderbans, a mangrove forest spread across areas of Bangladesh and West Bengal, is a very popular tourist destination in the traveler’s map. The place derives its name from ‘Sundari’ (mangrove) trees, which are found in the entire forest cover. UNESCO declared Sunderbans as a World Heritage Site, in 1987. Lying at the feet of River Ganges, Sunderbans is also the largest estuarine delta of the world. The wildlife sanctuary came into existence in 1977, while Sundarbans National Park was established in May 1984. The Park is a safe haven for Royal Bengal Tigers, while the wildlife sanctuary is home to a wide variety of animals, including chital, monkeys, estuarine crocodiles, marine turtle and even dolphins. 

Since the flora and fauna of Sunderbans are enriched with wonderful variety of life, travelers, who like to call themselves “nature lovers”, throng the forest every year, to spend a relaxing weekend, away from the bustling city life. This is perhaps the reason why Sunderbans has become a hit weekend getaway of West Bengal, when it comes to travelers visiting India. The tranquilizing atmosphere of Sunderbans is well-complemented by picturesque beauty and greenery everywhere. Since the entire forest cover floats on water, it is a wonderful place for indulging in relaxing boat rides. 

Sundarbans is chosen as a tourist destination not only because of its scenic beauty, but also due to its pleasant weather. During the peak season, which is from November to March, one can experience a pleasing weather in Sundarbans. Moreover, it is easily approachable, unlike many remote forest covers of India. One can get easy access to Sundarbans, by flying to Kolkata airport, which is 112 km away from the forest. Motor boat facilities are also available from many areas around Sunderbans. Thus, reaching this thick forest cover will be a hassle-free experience. All in all, Sunderbans is a wonderful weekend getaway that should not be missed out, when you are traveling to the eastern part of India.

Places to See:

Tiger Reserve

The prime tourist attraction of Sunderbans is its tiger reserve, where the great Royal Bengal Tigers are sheltered. There, nature lovers can catch a glimpse of the day-to-day activities of these tigers, from a distance.

Bhagabatpur Crocodile Project

Bhagabatpur Crocodile Project is a hatchery and a sanctuary of Sunderbans. The biggest estuarine crocodiles can be found here, which is the highlighting feature of this tourist attraction.


Netidhopani is beautified by the mangroves of Sunderbans and the amazing wildlife. Netidhopani is famous for the ruins of a 400-year-old temple, which attracts tourists coming to Sunderbans. 

Halliday Island

Located south of Sunderbans Tiger Reserve, Halliday Island is thronged by tourists, every year. The last retreat of the Barking Deer can be found here. Apart from this, travelers can also check out Lothian Island Wildife Sanctuary, which is a must-visit place for bird watchers.


Travelers on their way to Sunderbans can stop at Piyali, a beautiful small town, and explore the lifestyle of its inhabitants. It is the best place to chill out, when you are on your way to explore the rich, dense forest of Sunderbans. 


Kanak is a safe haven for Olive Ridley Turtles, which thrive in its shallow waters and beaches. These turtles, during their breeding season, approach the beaches of Kanak, from distant places located around Sunderbans.

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