WELCOME TO SUNDERBAN NATIONAL PARK

Sunderban National Park is one of the exclusive natural beauty located on the delta formed by The Ganga and The Brahmaputra in the basin of Bengal. It is named after the special type of Mangrove trees- Sundari, which also forms the major floral diversity of the national park. The park covers 4624 sq Km in West Bengal, India and a part of it also lies in Bangladesh. The park is encircled by a buffer zone of 885 sq km. River Matlain the West, river Haribhanga on the East, with Netidhopani and Gosba in the Northborders the core area of the park.

Sunderban is the home for the world famous “Royal Bengal Tigers”. It is accredited as a UNESCO world heritage site. The forest was declared as a wildlife sanctuary and core tiger reserve in the year 1977. It was recognized as a national park on 4th may 1984.

The uniqueness of Sunderbans attracts tourists all over the world. It is comprised of world’s largest mangrove vegetation. Owing to the natural river boundaries of the core zone, the jungle safari in Sunderban is exclusively done in a boat,following the zigzag waterways.

Flora

The exclusive mangrove vegetation of Sunderban makes it exquisite place to visit. It is locally known as “Sundari” trees. It is the main source of timber of the adjoining areas. Additionally, the other floral range includesGewa, Goran, Kewra. The serene delta land of Sunderban surrounded by rivers and comprised of beautiful floral range makes it an attractive destination for both wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers.

Fauna

Sunderban National Park is the land of majestic “Royal Bengal Tigers”. There are watch towers in Sunderban that provides an opportunity to enjoy the regal activities of the tigers. You can make an online jungle safari booking Sunderban and witness the exclusive way of tiger sighting in a boat. The other jungle inmates of Sunderban areMonitor Lizard, Estuarine Crocodile, Olive Ridley Turtle, Leopard, Indian Rhinoceros, Javan Rhinoceros, Swamp Deer, Hog Deer, Water Buffalo Leopard Cats, Ridley Sea Turtle, Wild Boar, Jungle Cat, Fox, Flying Fox,Macaques, Indian Grey Mongoose, Fishing Cats, Chital, Pangolin and many more. There are about 248 bird species in SunderbanNational Park namely Small Minivet, Black-hooded Oriole, Mangrove Whistler, Cinnamon Bittern, Swamp francolin, Grey-headed fishing eagle, Brown fish owl, Osprey, Purple Sunbird, Ashy Prinia, Red-whiskered Bulbul, Asian Pied Starling, Blue-throated Flycatcher and many others. A large number of migratory birds visits the park in winter months namely Green Pigeons, Sand Pipers, Large and Small Spoonbills, Darters, Herons, Egrets, Cormorants, Storks, Seagulls, Teal, Partridges are some of them.Jungle Safari Sunderban is not only an excitement for animal lovers, but also a bird watchers haven.

Watch Towers/Entry gates:

Sajnekhali Watch Tower:Sajnekhali Watch Tower is one of the renowned watch towers in the park. The reason behind its popularity is this place also serves as the head office of the forest department and close to the number of resorts in Sunderban area. This is the prime entry point in Sunderban, because the permission to enter the park premise can be obtained from this area only. The capacity of the watch tower is to accommodate 20 people at a time. The major attraction of this watch tower is opportunity to explore the wilderness from close vicinity. Especially, it is the stupendous site for bird lovers. Pelican, Kingfishers, Plovers, Lap Wings, White Bellied Sea Eagle, Whimprel, Curfews, and Sandpipers are frequently seen in this area.

Sudhanyakhali Watch Tower: This watch tower is the prime spot for tiger sighting. The watch tower can accommodate 25 people at a time. There is a waterbody behind the watch tower, which is the main water resource for the majestic inmates and other wild animals to quench their thirst. There is vast grassland behind the pond which is the site of the native wildlife.

Do Banki Watch Tower:This watch tower offers the exclusive exposure of canopy walk to the tourist to explore the magnificent flora and fauna of ‘The Sunderbans’. It is at an elevation of 20 ft and about half a kilometre stretch. Along with tigers, tourists may also spot other various wildlife species such as Chital Deer, Brahmini Kites etc.

Netidhopani Watch Tower:This watch tower is related with the legendarymythological tale of Lakhindar and Behula. It offers a spectacular view of the ruins of a 400 years old Shiva Temple. This watch tower can accommodate 20 persons at a time. It also has a sweet water lake in close proximity, which is the grazing site of several wild animals.

Best Time to Visit:

Sunderban National Park has a tropical climate. The months April till June is very hot and humid, with the high temperature that ranges from 30 to 42 degrees Celsius.

The monsoon starts in the month of July and continues till September. The region experienced heavy rainfall and the water level rises to the danger level. This makes boat safari a risky affair.

The winter season starts from October till March, and it is the best time to visit Sunderban National Park. During this season the climate is soothing and the temperature ranges between 10 degree to 25 degree Celsius. It is the best time to visit the national park as Sunderban boat safari can be done comfortably.

How to reach

Air:

The nearest airport is the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Airport at Kolkata (112 kms). It takes around 3 hours of road journey and 2 hours of boat ride to reach Sunderbans.

 Rail:

The rail route to Sunderbans traverses via Canning. Local trains to Canning are available from Sealdah (South)- one of the prominent railway junctions of Kolkata, at regular intervals and takeabout 1 and ½ hours. Shared vans that run locally are available from Canning to Godhkhali Jetty. It is the starting point of your boat journey to the Sunderbans.

Road:

Sunderbans is located at a distance of about 110 kms from Kolkata. The national park is also accessible from Namkhana (105 km from Kolkata), Sonakhali (100 kmfrom Kolkata), Raidighi (76 kmfrom Kolkata), Canning (64 kmfrom Kolkata), and Najat (92 kmfrom Kolkata), which have access to the riverine waterways.

Accommodation

If you are planning to explore the real land of Royal Bengal Tigers, Sunder National Park is the destination for you. It is a place of incredible natural beauty and exclusive mangrove habitat. Gliding through the crisscross riverways in the boats takes you to the beautiful nature walk as you can witness varied cultural ventures and close encounter with the majestic royal inmates. Nature’s Sprout helps you to have an ideal trip at Sunderban National Park with best packages and accommodations. We offer you a stay at the resorts and hotels in Sunderban National Park, based on your choices. Additionally, we also provide best packages for boat safari in SunderbanNational Park will make your trip memorable. With us, enjoy finest stay in Sunderban and explore the natural beauty away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Your mind and soul rests here in the lap of natural beauty!

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