Sundarbans- part of world's largest delta


Sundarbans is a group of low-lying islands in the Bay of Bengal which is part of world's largest delta. Sundarbans is one of the largest mangrove forests covering an area of 10,000 square km spreading West Bengal of India and southern part of Bangladesh. The Sundarbans National Park, located in the Indian side of Sundarbans is one of the largest abode of famous Royal Bengal Tiger. Haliday Island, Lothian Island, and Sajhnekhali are name of three sanctuaries locate in Sundarbans. Only 109 km away from kolkata, Sundarbans is a very popular tourist destination.

Sundarban National Park is the core area of the Sunderbans Tiger Reserve and consists of islands, waterways, canal and creeks. Located at the aperture of the rivers Brahmaputra and Ganges, this national park is the main support system of the forest’s flora and fauna. The journey inside this national park itself is mesmerizing, as you meander through the many waterways surrounded by tall trees and may come across the king of the forest, the infamous Royal Bengal Tiger.

Sajnekhali Watch Tower is another must visit place in Sundarbans. The river island in the heart of Sunderbans is a paradise for bird watchers where you can spot over 200 bird species such as, sandpipers, whimbrels, plovers, kingfishers and herons.

Surrounded by ponds and grassland, this watch tower is an ideal place to spot tiger. March to September is the best time for tiger sightings. A small museum is located near to the tower that exhibits numerous types of flora and fauna only found in this mangrove forest.

Halliday Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the southern fringe of the Tiger Reserve on the river Malta. Apart from birds, visitors can also get to see sight of the rarest barking deer, wild boars, rhesus macaque and definitely the Royal Bengal Tiger.

Kanak is the island of Kanak in Sunderbans is the nesting site of the Olive Ridley turtles, one of the endangered species. Kanak is one of the sanctuary beaches that shelter these tiny sized turtles. They travel several kilometers from the deep ocean to these shallow coastal waters for mass nesting in the breeding season usually in the rainy season.

Bhagabatpur Crocodile Project is another popular tourist destination and West Bengal’s single most crocodile project. This is located adjacent to Lothian Island.

Sundarbans, abode of famous and majestic Royal Bengal Tiger and world’s largest mangrove forest is a UNESCO bonafide World Heritage Centre. The Sundarbans mangrove woodland covers a place of approximately 10,000 sqaure km. In West Bengal, they extend over 4,260 square km across the South 24 Parganas and North 24 Parganas districts. The beauty of the region lies in its meandering waterways, aquatic species and rustic village life. Sundarbans, is a tourist paradise in true sense.