Sunderbans National Park, West Bengal
Travelling around the mangroves of the Sunderban National Park you will see sights like a tiger swimming in the water, a rarity found nowhere else! The Sundarbans area covers 4624 sq km incorporating a wide variety of birds and reptiles and including the salt-water crocodile. Apart from the Royal Bengal Tiger; Fishing Cats, Leopard Cats, Macaques, Wild Boar, Indian Grey Mongoose are also found in abundance here.
The forest of the Sunderbans is the hub of the wildlife tourism in India. The Wildlife enthusiasts and tiger lovers from all over the world visit this biggest mangrove swamp of the world which is the natural home of the Royal Bengal Tigers and many other species of wild animals along with the various species of the aquatic fauna and avifauna.
The tourism department of West Bengal has well maintained the roadways and waterways connecting the Sunderbans National park to the nearest towns. Visitors to the Sunderbans National Park can use either the airways or railways or roadways to visit the starting point of the Sunderbans tour which is the Godkhali port. The Sunderbans forest can be explored only through the medium of water transport so from the Godkhali port you can use the small or the big boat to further explore the wildlife of Sunderbans.
Best time to visit – October to April
How to reach: The easiest way to reach this site is to take a train from Canning which is nearly 48 kms away from Sunderban National Park. By Air : The nearest airport to the Sunderban National Park is Netaji Subhash International Airport at Dumdum, Kolkata, which is on an average 112 kilometers away from the National Park.
Reaching Sunderbans is not a big problem as the park is well accessible from the outer world through the various travelling modes. Even being a seaside delta region and a swamp forest, the accessibility to the park is quite easy due to being a famous tourist spot in India.
If you are traveling by train then there are trains to Canning from Sealdah at regular intervals and the train covers this distance in one and a half hour. The private taxi or the shared vans are also available at Canning and takes you Godhkhali Jetty, the initial point of the boat cruise to the Sundarbans.