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Sundarban Tour from Kolkata

How to reach Sundarban from Kolkata

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To reach the “beautiful forest”, i.e. the Sundarban tour from Kolkata one can travel by train, bus or car/cab. But to enjoy the Sundarban tour to the fullest, it is suggested to take a road trip via the famous Howrah Bridge to the Sundarban.  Sundarban has Canning railway station nearby. Sundarban Tour from Canning is easily accessible. There are a few ways to reach Sundarban:

  1. One can take a bus or book a car and reach Godkhali by road. The distance from Kolkata to Godkhali Sundarban ferry ghat is approximately 105 km and takes about 4 hours to reach. They can then either hire a private or a shared boat to begin their sightseeing.
  2. One living outside Kolkata simply needs to get to the Howrah station by train and then they can take a bus or book a car and reach Godkhali by road. In case the train is not preferred one can also choose to reach Kolkata via a flight to the Dumdum airport and then continue the rest of the journey for the Sundarban tour by bus or car.
  3. Another way to reach Sundarban National Park from Kolkata is by taking a bus or booking a car from Science city, Kolkata and reaching Jharkhali  Sundarban or Gosaba from where the UNESCO recognized World Heritage Sundarban National park started.
  4. One can also choose to take a train from Sealdah station to Canning. From there they can reach Sonakhali by an auto-rickshaw where they can hire a boat offered by the Mercury Tour Operator for the rest of the journey to the Sundarban National Park.

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Places to visit in Sundarban tour from Kolkata

  • Sundarban National Park and Sajnakhali Wildlife Sanctuary:
  • One of the main attractions of Sundarban Tourism is the Sundarban National park which is a coastal mangrove forest, home for not only the Sundarban Royal Bengal tiger but also various endangered species like the estuarine crocodile and the Ganges river dolphin. If one turns up for a Sundarban tour with the sole purpose of getting the glimpse of the Sundarban Royal Bengal tiger then one might be disappointed because the sightings depend on various factors including time, weather and even luck. Other than that the National park is full of various types of local birds, fishing cats, leopard cats, flying fox, deer, wild boar, etc. There are watchtowers from where the birds and other animals are all visible for the visitors of Sundarban Package.

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  • Netidhopani Watch Tower:

  • Netidhopani is the home to an ancient Shiva temple and the Netidhopani Watch Tower allows the visitors to see the ruins of this ancient temple. Besides the temple, Netidhopani also allows its visitors am opportunity to get a glimpse of the royal Bengal tigers. There’s a belief among the locals that there was a road built by King Pratapaditya to guard the coastal areas. Also because of the ancient Hindu mythology of Behula-Lakhindar it is fun to spot the doorway or the stairs to heaven used by the famous Netidhopani to lead Behula to Heaven.

 

  • Hiron Point:

  • Hiron Point, also known as Nilkamal is a splendid area for spotting not only “hiron”, i.e. deer but other animals like crocodiles, tigers, monkeys and different species of birds. It is a major tourist attraction because of its natural scenic beauty and it is a beautiful place to take some break from the sightseeing and resting for a bit. There a lounges and guest houses availed by the Sundarban tourism for such purposes.

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Burirdabri Watch Tower:

  • Why only see the Indian side of Sundarban when you are welcome to see Bangladesh from afar? Burir Dabri or the Burirdabri Watch tower allows visitors to watch the Bangladeshi Sundarban from the Indian side. River Raimongal flowing between India and Bangladesh marks the International boundary. One is free to walk over the wooden bridges through the mud cage to reach the wooden watch tower from where the Bangladeshi Sundarban can easily be seen. The beautiful scenery of the watch tower is also a reason for being a tourist attraction.

 

  • Sudhanyakhali Watch Tower:

  • Most of the tigers in Sundarban can be spotted from the Sudhanyakhali Watch Tower as there is a water reservoir located right beside the tower where wild animals come to have water. This tower has a beautiful panoramic view of the Sundarban and well known for its natural beauty. Other than the royal Bengal tiger, one can expect sightings of other wildlife like the axis deer and crocodiles from this tower. This watch tower is located inside the forest area of Sundarban. Therefore, ferry is the only option to reach this place. A special permission from the forest department of the Sundarban tourism is required in order to enter this place. There is a Mangrove Interpretation Center where the visitors are welcome to come and identify various types of mangrove trees. Other than this, there is also a temple of the local Goddess Banbibi which the tourists are welcome to visit.

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  • Dobanki Watch Tower:

  • Have you ever wanted to go on a walk and just get a glimpse of a tiger as if you are neighbors? The Dobanki Watch Tower allows tourist such an experience. This watch tower is a half-kilometer canopy walk about 20ft from the ground covered in grill and strong nets to prevent any attacks from wild animals and therefore, is really safe. There is a sweet water pond right beside the watch tower which attracts a lot of tigers, deer and other wildlife. Visitors should always keep an eye for the beautiful and rare yet often spotted Brahminy kites. A Sundarban tour package is incomplete without a visit to the Dobanki Watch Tower.

Wish all visitors have a very enjoyable tour in the beautiful Sundarban tour from Kolkata by Mercury Tour Operator.

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Sundarban National Park

Natural Beauty of Sundarban

Sundarbans National Park charms the tourists in many ways. This marshy land is the home to many ferocious and beautiful animals and to some of the unique floras. The Sundarban is the true wonder of nature. It is the biggest continuous block of Rhizophora mangrove Forest within the World. Sundarban is the home to many beautiful and some endangered species like Sundarban Royal Bengal Tiger, Estuarine Crocodile, Spotted Deer, and Wild Boar. Sunderban looks to be a floating forest once it gets part submerged by extremely saline water throughout the highwater. Within a couple of hours, the low water makes the water to recede back to the Bay of geographic area exposing the clay beds of mudflat to the air. Tidal amplitude and fluctuations of Sundarbans are around seven-meter. These distinctive options build Sundarban park, the simplest park in the Asian nation. The Sundarban National Park is a great tourist spot.

Eco-tourism in Sundarban

The development of the Sundarban eco-tourism is one of the top priorities of the Forest Department for Sundarban National Park. It forms part of the existing Government national objectives concerning existing and proposed tourism policies in Bangladesh and India. It will contribute to the event of a healthy, accountable and property variety of eco-tourism for the advantage of all. Sundarban Eco-tourism Centres are located at Sajnekhali, Dobanki, Netidhopani and Burir Dabri in STR, and at Bonie camp (Sundarikati), Bhagabatpore Crocodile Project, Lothian Island sanctuary and Kalash beach. There square measure 2 Nature Interpretation Centres situated at Sajnekhali and Bhagabatpore, and one Eco museum at Sudarikati.

The Fauna

The Sundarbans forest is home to over four hundred tigers. The Royal Bengal Tigers have developed a unique characteristic of swimming in the saline waters, and are famous for their man-eating tendencies, it also comprises of other animals like Estuarine Crocodile, Spotted Deer, and Wild Boar.

Royal Bengal Tiger

The crown jewel is obviously the Sundarban Royal Bengal Tiger, is as notorious for its ferocity and man-eating habit as it is appraised for its royalty and beauty. It is terribly illustrious and robust animal best-known for its grace, power, and agility. It is an Asiatic carnivorous animal zoologically named as Panthera tigris. There square measure numerous species and taxonomic category of the tigers square measure found everywhere the planet. Tiger is an endangered species of the animal however few are left all over the world which we have to conserve in any way in order to save their life on the earth. It is mainly seen in the Sundarban National Park and counts about 2500 plus.

Estuarine Crocodile

The estuarial crocodilian, also known as the Saltwater Crocodile. The size of an adult Crocodile ranges from 880 – 1200 pounds with lengths of 14 – 17 feet for males and for females 180 – 220 pounds with lengths of 7.5 to 11 feet. The seawater crocodilian could be a predator and has many various varieties of prey. When young, Saltwater Crocodile is restricted to smaller prey like insects, amphibians, crustaceans, and small fish and other small reptiles. When they become an adult, they feed on larger prey such as mud crabs, turtles, snakes, birds, buffalo, wild boar, and even monkeys. When the Saltwater Crocodile hunts for food, it usually hides in the water with only the nostrils, eyes, and part of the back is exposed. In Sundarban Bhagabatpur crocodile project which is famous for estuarine crocodiles.

Spotted Deer

Sundarban National Park is the natural habitat of the spotted Deer. Spotted Deer is very common in the Sundarbans forest. It is one in every of the foremost stunning expensive within the world. They like to live in the flock. In a flock there square measure 10-25 ruminant live along. Mostly they live in the grassy forest. The main enemy of them is Royal Bangle tiger, which is only found in the Sundarban. A dark stripe runs down the back from the nape to the tip of the tail. The abdomen, rump, throat and the insides of the legs, tail, and ears are white. A black band circles the muzzle. The adult weighs about 85 kg. They are typically inhabitants of forest edges, due to indiscriminate hunting for meat and fur, their population has declined alarmingly since the 1950s. They are mainly found in the Sundarban National Park.

Wild Boar

Wild boars have stocky, powerful bodies with grey-brown fur. Mature males have tusks that protrude from the mouth. Piglets square measure a lighter ginger-brown in color, with stripes on their coat for camouflage. Large animals like wild boar can get up to 80 cm at the shoulder and typically weigh between 60-100 kg, although males in excess of 200 kg. Boars are not fussy eaters and will consume a wide variety of food. Much of their diet is made up of seeds and fruit, and even small mammals, birds’ eggs and chicks. Most boars live in groups, known as sounders that are comprised of females and their young. Adult males tend to live alone, only coming together with females to mate. Typically, four to six piglets will be born in spring. A boar’s maximum natural life in the wild is thought to be around 14 years. Boars have poor eyesight but an extremely strong sense of smell, relying on their nose to find food and detect danger.

The Flora

A total number of  245 genera and 334 plants species were recorded by David Prain in the year 1903. The Sundarbans flora is characterized by the abundance of Sundari, Gewa, Goran, and Keora all of which occur prominently throughout the area. The Sundari tree yields a hardwood, used for building houses and making boats, furniture, and other things. New forest accretions are often conspicuously dominated by Keora and tidal forests. It is associate indicator species for newly accreted mudbanks and is a very important species for life, especially spotted deer. Among palms, Poresia coarctate, Myriostachya wightiana and Golpata are well distributed. The Sundarbans has been classified as a wet tropical forest demonstrating an entire mosaic of seers, comprising primary formation on new accretions to a lot of mature beach forests.

Natural disasters, such as cyclones, always threaten the values ​​of property and there are potential threats in the properties as well as salinity water intrusion and throwing. Due to the exploitation of both wood resources and livestock, illegal hunting and traps, and agricultural ineffective, there is a serious threat to the value of the property. As tourists, we should also help in conserving this beautiful swampland to increase the popularity of Sundarban Tourism.

 

 

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