( Sundarban )
in the Ganga delta in West Bengal, spanning the Hooghly in the west
and Teulia river in the
east, Sunderbans was declared a National Park in 1984. The park
covers a vast stretch of mangrove swamp, lush forested islands and
small rivers near the Bay of Bengal. Most of the region comprises
estuarine mangrove forests and swamps which supports an ecosystem
specially adapted to great salinity. Sunderbans is home to the magnificent
Royal Bengal tiger, the park holding more tigers than any other
tiger reserve. More than 400 tigers were recorded during the mid-1980s.
Project tiger has also launched a programme to protect the Olive
Ridley sea turtles. Crocodiles and the gangetic dolphin are to be
found aplenty in the Raimgangal river. The Sajnakhali sanctuary,
famous for its rich avian population, is regarded as a part of the
Sunderbans National Park.
to Visit: September to May
to Get There
Air: Dum Dum (166kms), is the nearest airport at Kolkata.
By Rail: The nearest railhead is at Canning, 48 kms away.
The nearest town is Gosaba, 50 km away.
Forest lodge and forest rest-houses are available for accommodation