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Best Places to Explore & Top Things to Do in Sundarban National Park, West Bengal

India may have a myriad of exciting wildlife destinations located throughout its length and breadth but one place that offers a pristine and riveting environment, not just for the animals but also for the visitors is the beautiful Sundarban National Park.

It derived its name from a Mangrove plant called Sundari which is found in abundance here. Numerous creeks and tributaries, waterways and islands make Sundarbans the most attractive and alluring National Park of India. It is also one of the most unique and large mangrove ecosystems of the world.

This most famous UNESCO World Heritage Site is an ideal place to see wildlife at its best and is widely popular for the beautiful orange black striped Royal Bengal Tigers. Besides, this national park that consists of 102 islands on the Indian side also houses various small enclosures such as crocodile and turtle farms, and there are wildlife museums as well as watchtowers. You can also find a few wildlife sanctuaries located in the Sundarban Islands of Lothian and Halliday which add so much to your Sundarban Wildlife tour.

Useful Information & Quick Facts on Sundarban Tiger Reserve

Sundarban Biosphere Reserve Facts
Area 10,000sq km of Land and Water
Value UNESCO World Heritage Site (1987)
Location Between India and Bangladesh at the mouth of the Ganga and Brahmaputra rivers.
Unique Fact Richest Mangrove Forest in the World (78 species of Mangroves)
Why it is Popular For exotic wildlife species and faunal species.
Popular Flora of Sundarbans Hargoja, Jat Baine, Son Champa,Kankra, Sundari, Tora, Khalsi, Hoya, Goria, Hental and  Genwa etc.
Popular Fauna of Sundarbans Royal Bengal tiger, Fishing Cat, Spotted Deer, Wild Boar, The fiddler Crab, Crocodiles, Reptiles, Marine Turtles and Water Monitor Lizard etc.
Popular Avifauna of Sundarbans 170 species of endemic brown-winged kingfishers, marsh harriers, Jungle Crows, Green pIgeons, wood Sandpipers, woodpeckers, Little stints, Common Snipes and Golden Plovers etc.
Best Time to Visit November to February
Major Rivers Ganga, Brahmaputra, Meghna and Padma
Achievements Finalist in the New Seven wonders of Nature

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Sundarban Complete Travel Guide

Sunderban National Park Forest

Here’s a complete travel guide to this one of its kind national park in West Bengal.

Location of Scenic Sundarbans 

Sundarban National Park is around 110 kilometers from the Durga Puja Capital, Kolkata and if you travel by car, the roads will lead you to Godkhali (almost three hours’ drive). Traversing rural villages into this popular destination where the mangrove forests are found in abundance, which by the way is famed for being the largest mangroves in the world can be witnessed only in the Sundarban Tiger Reserve.

How Can We Get There?

However, the question of how to reach Sundarban paradise can be resolved by saying it is only accessible via boat to Sajnekhali island, which is considered to be the entrance to the national park. As a matter of fact, this island is where you can get the entry tickets for the park which are Rs 60 for Indians and 200 for foreigners.

Best Time to Visit Sundarbans

To make your visit memorable, the best time to visit the Sundarban National Park is during the dry seasonal months from November to February.

Boat Safari Timings

8:30am to 4:00pm. No boat is allowed after 6:30pm at Sundarbans.

Where to Stay in Sundarban?

Being an eco-friendly place in India, you can find simple accommodation options rather than luxury ones with a complete village and wildlife feel. And in order to find standard budget hotels, the largest island of Sundarban, Gosaba is the place to go. There are also a number of jungle camps and tourist lodges in Sundarban National Park that offer comfortable stay amid nature and the wild.

Some of the best places to stay in Sundarbans are –

  • Sundarban Mangrove Retreat– Enjoy the luxury and comforts
  • Sundarbans Jungle CampBlend with the Nature
  • Sundarban Chital Tourist LodgeFor the views of enchanting wilderness
  • Sundarbans Tiger CampSerene surroundings
  • Tiger Safari ResortIt’s in budget and you can view amazing sunrise and sunset
  • Tiger Roar ResortScenic private lake and soul pleasing migratory birds
  • Sundarban Riverside HolidayBest place for nature lovers

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Fun Activities to Try around Sundarbans

Sunderbans Tiger

This go-to-destination certainly has a unique approach, with land and water along with multiple islands. Here, you can explore various species found in Sundarban Tiger Reserve such as saltwater crocodiles, hawksbill turtles, river dolphins, Bengal tigers and many more. In fact, for a rather interesting and exciting trip, you can read the following list of the things you can do in Sundarban National Park during your wildlife holiday here.

Full Day Tour of the City of Joy – Kolkata

Visiting the famed UNESCO wildlife destination in West Bengal, Sundarban and not touring around Kolkata city is so not done unless you are a native. Now, it is not necessary to go for a sightseeing tour but why not seize the opportunity and run for it. Here, this vibrant city offers old treasures like the Trams, which you have to ride to experience true Kolkata and traverse the famous attraction, Howrah Bridge.

To make this the best trip, make sure to visit Kolkata one day prior to visiting Sundarban and take up a full day tour. During the tourist places you can quickly pay a visit to Park Street for their amazing restaurants and pubs; Victoria Memorial to see its elegant architecture, Birla temple that is fully endowed in white marble, Marble Palace Mansion to see antique collections and the oldest museum in India, The Indian Museum.

Try Your Luck to See the Royal Bengal Tigers and Ganges River Dolphins in Sundarban

Since no jeep safaris are available, tiger spotting can become rather a difficult task and if your goal is to solely spot the ferocious Sundarban Bengal Tigers, you have to try your luck. You can only take a Wildlife boat safari in Sundarban National Park since the tiger reserve mainly consists of islands, waterways, creeks, and canals.

To sight river dolphins, a boat cruise is an ideal and only option, as you traverse tall and tangling mangrove forest you may even spot a few beautiful species dwelling on the bank of the river. For dolphin sighting, the cruise will take you further out in the open river where the aquatic species dance and offer you an entertaining show.

Bird watchers Paradise – Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary

One of the best places to visit around Sundarban Tiger Reserve for birdwatching, Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary is a haven for exotic feathered species and of course, the watchers. You can come here and be lost amidst the lush greenery and the beauty of the confluence of Malta and Gumdi Rivers.

You can also visit the Sajnekhali watchtower for better chances to spot wild species. In Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary, you may get to have a close encounter with bird species such as Caspian Tern, Osprey Herring Gull, Spotted Billed Pelican, Open Billed Stork, White Bellied Sea Eagle, Paradise Flycatcher and also the rare winter bird, Asian Dowitchers.

One of a Kind Bhagabatpur Crocodile Project

Bhagabatpur Crocodile Project, on the other hand, is a hatchery ground for saltwater crocodiles, located adjacent to the island of Lothian; it is a widely visited tourist attraction in Sundarbans. Surrounded by littoral mangrove, peaceful ambience and natural beauty, this crocodile project area is worth your time. A day spent here can help you explore and even make you learn a lot, Bhagabatpur Crocodile Project is the sole crocodile project in the whole of West Bengal and it can be easily accessed via Sajnekhali jetty.

Be a Part of the Gangasagar Mela in Sagar Island of Sundarban

A devotional affair that is held annually on the island of Sagar in Sundarban is Gangasagar Mela. Perhaps, Travelling to Sundarban National Park during the winter months of January (14 -15) get you a chance to be a part of this spiritual fair. This auspicious gathering invites a mélange of devotees from across the globe who come to West Bengal state to drown their sins in the holy River Ganga. So, to say, this religious festival of Gangasagar is the second largest fair in India after Kumbh Mela.It is one of the best ways to enjoy the best of Sundarban Tourism.

Note: A sight not to miss is an auspicious day of Makar Sankranti (the last day of the fair). During this day you get to witness a ritual where a large crowd of pilgrims takes bath/dip their body in holy water, Ganga.

Guide the New Hatchlings of Olive Ridley Turtles into the Sea in Kanak Island

A beautiful sight you get to see during your trip to Sundarban is perhaps located a few islands further in Kanak Island. A visit here can make you appreciate wildlife even more as you help the new hatchlings of the endangered Olive Ridley Turtles into the sea. Turtle spotting is one of the best things to do here. These turtle species are believed to come 100 kilometers off the seashore just to lay their eggs in the moist sandy beach and the nesting period lasts from the months of December to March. You can plan a whole day trip to Kanak Island and enjoy the beach and the charming island of Sundarban National Park.

Observe the Flora and Fauna from Various Watchtowers of Sundarban

Not many species are visible from the boat tours the national park houses, so, in order to make your visit worthwhile, there are many watchtowers built in different islands of Sundarban. With Dobanki, Sajnekhali, and Sudhanyakhali located at a convenient distance, you will definitely find a crowd here, unfortunately making it hard to get a chance to spot animals through your binoculars without bumping with others.

However, there are other watchtowers that are less visited, on a positive note, you may get to spot rare species since there won’t be less interference from the howling visitors. Despite being located at a distance, a full day outing might just be worth-it, visiting some watchtower tourist hotspots like Burir Dabri located on the border of Bangladesh and Netidhopani, from where you get to see a 400-year-old temple as these are some of the best tourist destinations to visit nearby Sundarban.

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A rendezvous with the wild in Sundarbans will certainly spellbind you. Take this scenario, for instance, even if you have planned a one-day tour, you may consider staying back at least a few days. Trust me, this popular wildlife place has so much to offer, you may have to redo your entire itinerary. And perhaps planning a rejuvenating weekend trip or a family vacation with kids to Sundarban National Park would only do justice to your holiday. It is indeed a beautiful place to fulfill your wildlife quest.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q.How to book a Sundarban Boat Tour?

For bookings of Sundarban Boat Tour you can contact TourMyIndia for all the necessary arrangements of transportation, guide and finest hotels for your comfort and blissful vacation. You can book your tour from the official portal. If you are an Indian citizen, you need valid ID Proof, Aadhar Card or any other document like driving license, voter ID card etc. If you are a foreigner you need to give the complete details of your passport.

Q.How many days are enough to cover Sundarbans?

3-4 days are absolutely enough to cover Sundarbans. You will have enough time for sightseeing along with a great wildlife experience.

Q.What are the top places to see in Sundarbans?

Top places to see in Sundarbans are –

  • Bhagabatpur Crocodile Breeding Center
  • Netidhopani
  • Sajnekhali Watch Tower
  • Burirdabri Camp
  • Haliday Island Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Dobanki
  • Kalash Island

Q.Can we see Sharks in Sundarbans?

Yes, you will be able to witness Six species of Sharks in Sundarbans.

  • Coorg
  • Madikeri
  • Ooty
  • Kotagiri
  • BR Hills
  • Yercaud
  • Idukki
  • Agumbe
  • Wayanad
  • Coonoor

Q.What are the covid Guidelines to follow for Sundarban Tourism?

  • You must have a Fully vaccinated covid certificate.
  • You must maintain a proper social distance and always carry a mask and a sanitizer.
  • You need to book your hotel and permit online in advance.

Published: 14 Oct, 2021

About the author

Abhishek Gurung

Abhishek Gurung is a writer whose passion for food and travel is an unending affair. He likes going on treks and camping in the woods, loves exploring forts and architecture, he is a cycle enthusiast who likes to contribute something to the environment, travel photography and videography is another interest as he sees life in a cinematic point of view. He likes the idea of living in offbeat destination where the mode of communication is to interact with each other. Coming from Nagaland, he has visited some beautiful valleys and remote villages and appreciates nature as it is and as it should be.