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, impenetrable Goran trees between 1.8 mtr. & 3.6 mtr. 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.
Nature 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).
The land that is inhabited by Royal Bengal Tigers is not far from
Calcutta. You can explore unknown wildlife of Sunderbans that harbour
jungle cats, fishing cats, Axis deer, wild boar, Rhesus monkeys,
mongooses and the largest estuarine crocodiles in the world.
Sunderbans is the breeding ground of immense variety of birds like
Heron, Egret, Cormorant, Fishing Eagle, 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.
The best time to be in wildlife belts of the region is September-March.
Although the luxury tours to the Sunderbans carry on the year round, and
the monsoon holds its own magic over tourists on the expanse of the
Sunderbans, September-March is the most likely time for tiger-sighting.
The Tiger Reserve covering an area
of 2585 sq. km. has one of the largest tiger population of any of the
Indian parks, 269 Royal Bengal Tigers.
Lothian Island Bird Sanctuary
You can hire a country boat to reach the place famous for its
White-Bellied Sea-Eagle, Black-capped kingfisher, Whimbrell, Tern and
A wellknown beach resort, close to Frazerganj overlooking the Bay of
Bengal. It’s a bird-watchers’ paradise, where you are greeted by
casuarinas and Red Fiddle Carbs.
Ganga Sagar (Kapil Muni Ashram)
The culturally and religiously important destination, also has an
exceptionally good beach for the tourists. Situated on an island in the
Sunderbans, it holds the charms of a completely unspoilt beach on the
estuary of the mighty Ganga. It can be approached from Calcutta either
by road and then by vessel, or by chartered luxury vessels taken from
Calcutta itself. A lovely destination combining pilgrimage and fun.
The white sand beach, is entirely different from the other beaches. It
is pristine pure and holds the charms of a beach unspoilt. It can be
accessed from Calcutta, and is a three hours drive. The destination is
also famous for the migratory birds and pisciculture.
Gateway to the Sunderbans situated on the banks
of river Piyali. A beautiful resting place.
The nesting place of the Olive Ridley Turtles.
As Matla river empties on the Bay of Bengal, lies Kalasdwip, a densely
Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary
A home ground of the Herons, Egrets and other species of birds, situated
on the confluence of Matla and Gumdi.
Bhagabatpur Crocodile Project
A hatchery cum sanctuary. Home of the biggest estuarine crocodiles.
Remembered as Sir David Hamilton’s settlement.
One of the entry points to Sunderbans - 54 kms southeast of Calcutta.
‘Canning’ was built in 1858 as an alternate port. It has a small fishing
fleet and private boats are available on hire.