on the lower end of the Gangetic West Bengal, 22.00°N - 89.00°E, is this
world's largest delta covered by mangrove forest and vast saline mud flats. A
land of 54 tiny islands, crisscrossed by innumerable tributaries of Ganga, that
was once infested by Arakanese and Portuguese pirates is now the abode of varied
flora & fauna population. An area of 9630 sq. km., where 70 percent is under
saline water makes the life of commoners, mostly honey-catchers, prawn-catchers
and fishermen, very difficult. This is Sunderbans, the world's largest estuarine
the place that owes its name to Sundari trees, consist of a large flora
population like Genwa, Dhundal, Passur, Garjan and Kankra. Apart from these
trees, inpenetrable Goran trees between 1.8 metres and 3.6 metres high covers
almost the entire region. One of the most remarkable feature of this place is
the bayonet like roots of mangrove forests that stick out above the water level.
apart, if you want to feel the essence of spirituality then this is the place to
be. A place of Ma Bonobibi (the goddess of the forest) to Shiber Kumir (Lord
Shiva's Crocodile) or from Dakshinaroy (an ogre, the ancestor of all tigers) to
Kapil Muni ( an incarnation of Vishnu).
can explore unknown wildlife of Sunderbans that harbour jungle cats, fishing
cats, Axis deer, wild boar, Rhesus monkeys, mongooses and the larges estuarine
crocodiles in the world.
is the breeding ground of immense variety of birds like Heron, Egret,
Cormorant, Fishing Engle, White Bellied Sea Eagle, Seagul, Tern,
Kingfisher as well as migratory birds like Whimprel, Black-tailed Godwit,
Little Stint, Eastern Knot, Curlew, Sandpiper, Golden Plover, Pintail,
White-eyed Pochard and also Whistling teal. Come and discover wide
variety of aquatic and reptile life forms that include Olive Ridley sea
turtle, hardshelled Batgur Terrapin, Pythons, King Cobra, Chequered Killback,
Monitor and Lizards including the Salvator lizards.
cool in January at minimum 10, dry season December to April
maximum 34 degrees.
from Kolkata (Calcutta) 2 hours or take train to Canning, 105 km away,
from where a boat takes you to Sajnekhali, another 2 hour
journey. The nearest airport is at Kolkata, 167 km away and the
nearest town Gosaba, 50 km.
can also get private boats from Canning, Gosaba and Basanti.
Raidighi, Basanti, Namkhana and Najatare are all connected by
roadways from Kolkata.
September and March. Specially in winter to catch a view of the
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