Sundarban National Park

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Address : Sundarban National Park, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Website : https://wbtourismgov.in/destination/place/sundarban

Phone : 090733 86804

Why to visit Sundarban National Park

The Sundarbans National Park, the world's largest mangrove belt and largest delta, and the legendary Royal Bengal Tigers' home, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. The Sundarbans National Park is the most well-known tiger zone in the world since it is home to the biggest population of Bengal tigers.

Highlights of the Sundarbans National Park:

  • The Sundarbans National Park is home to several bird, reptile, and saltwater crocodile species in addition to the Royal Bengal Tigers.
  • The national park is well known for the Monitor Lizard, Estuarine Crocodile, and Olive Ridley Turtle in addition to being the largest tiger reserve.
  • The Indian Park runs an Olive Ridley Turtle conservation program. Other mammalian species including the leopard, Javan rhinoceros, Indian rhinoceros, swamp deer, and others can be found in the forest.
  • Most Sundari trees can be found in this forest. With its meandering rivers, springs, creeks, and estuaries, the Sundarbans represent wilderness.
  • The Nilkamalor Hiron Point and Katka viewpoints, which provide excellent views of wildlife in the forest, should definitely be visited.

Activities to do in Sundarban National Park:

  • Boat Safaris: The boat safaris run by the government come in large and small sizes, with the former being suitable for longer and the latter for shorter trips.
    • Timings: The duration is 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. After 6:00 PM, boats are not allowed within.
  • Cruise Tour: You can visit Sudhanyakhali, Sajnekhali, Jhingakhali, and Dobanki watchtowers on the two-night cruise offered by the West Bengali government.
    • Timings: A 2N/3D tour will begin in Kolkata at 8:00 AM on Day 1 and conclude there at 5:00 PM on Day 3.
    • Reserving and Cost: On the West Bengal Tourism website, you can make online reservations. The price varies according to the ship's section you reserve.
  • Private Cruises Tour: Private cruise cruises are also offered; they range from 2 night/3 day economical tours to 6 night/7 day opulent vacations. The price varies depending on the amenities.
    • Timings: Every cruise tour typically begins at 8:00 am and ends between 5:00 and 5:00:30 pm.
    • Cost: The cost ranges from INR 2,000 per person to INR 50,000 per person.
  • Private Boat Tour: If you only have a day to spend exploring the river, you can also rent a boat from a privately managed company.
    • Timings: It begins at eight in the morning and ends between five and five thirty in the evening.
    • Cost: Overnight stays are an additional INR 600 per person, with all meals starting at INR 950 per person.

Entrance Fees at Sundarban National Park:

The entrance cost to Sundarbans National Park is INR 60 for Indian citizens and INR 200 for foreign visitors approximately.

FAQ on Sundarban National Park

What are the places to visit near Sundarban National Park?

Lohachara Island and Ghoramara Island are the places to visit near Sundarban National Park.

How to reach Sundarban National Park?

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, which is around 120 kilometres from Godkhali port, is the closest airport to Sundarbans National Park. To go to Godkhali port, one can take a taxi or rent a car at the airport. Canning is the local railroad station that is most accessible to Sundarbans National Park. Canning is accessible via Sealdah Railway Station, a key intersection with connections to all significant Indian cities.

When is the best time to visit near Sundarban National Park?

The months of October to February are the most ideal for visiting the Sundarbans National Park because the temperature is milder during these months. It is challenging to commute and move around the national park during the monsoon and the hotter summer months.

Where to stay near Sundarban National Park?

When it comes to lodging, Sajnekhali, Bakkhali, and Piyali have excellent options for forest hotels and forest rest-houses. One of the best housing options is Sundarbans Tiger Camp on the Dayapur Island, a stunning resort with a view of the national park.

Special Tip

Due to the fragile environment of the Sundarbans National Park, carrying plastic or polyethene bags is strictly prohibited. Since there are no ATMs within or near the national park, having cash on hand is strongly advised. In order to avoid any last-minute hassles, obtain permits in advance.

By Abhilasha Prasad

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