Sunderban National Park
The vast swampy delta of the two great Indian rivers, Brahamaputra and the Ganges
extends over areas comprising of mangrove forests, swamps and forest island all
interwoven in a network of small rivers and streams. The Sundarban National Park,
home of the Royal Bengal Tiger, covering an area of approximately 1330.10 sq. kms
and the largest mangrove forest in the world, form the core of this area.
The forest is home to more than 400 tigers. These animals have adapted themselves
very well to the saline and aquas environs and are extremely good swimmers. There
are crocodiles, which can be often seen along the mud banks. The park is also noted
for its conservation of the Ridley Sea Turtle.
Area: 1330.10 sqkm
Best time to visit: September - May
How to get there: The park can be approached by road
from the nearest town of Gosaba which isabout 50 kms away. The town of Canning is
the nearest railhead 48kms away from the park. The nearest airport is at Calcutta.
If you were to travel to Sundarbans from Calcutta by road it would be around 112
Accomodation: There is accommodation available at
Sajnakhali. Sajnakhali sanctuary is regarded as a part of the Sundarban National
Park and is essentially a bird watcher's paradise. There are forest Rest-houses
and forest lodge available here.
Prominent Fauna: Royal Bengal Tiger, leopards, crocodiles,
crabs, Ridley sea turtles, hundreds of species of marine wildlife, various kinds
of birds and snakes.
For Additional Information:
Sundarban Tiger Reserve
P.O Canning, Dist : 24 Parganas (South)