Facts to know about Sundarbans
Known for hosting the biggest mangrove forests in the world, Sundarbans provide a complete nature's circle to the tourist right from 'Royal Bengal tigers' to roaring rivers and beautiful estuaries.
Sundarbans can be segregated as Sundar means beautiful and Bans means jungle or forests. Officially, declared as National Park in 1984, it is situated in the Ganga delta in West Bengal and connect the Teulia river in the east and Hooghly in the west. The Sundarbans have its name inspired from Sundari (Heritiera Minor), which is one of the mangrove plants, and is enclosed with with verdant forests and small steams nearby Bay of Bengal. You will be startled to know that - the place covers the total land area of about 4262 square kms in India, out of which, 2585 sq. kms is dedicated to the Largest Tiger Reserve and National Parks. However, the larger portion of the great Sundarbans also exists in Bangladesh, and are created by the rivers Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna. Therefore presents an archipelago of 54 islands.
The best time to visit Sundarbans is between September to March as considered best to catch hold of unusual migratory birds. Around 270 Royal Bengal Tigers together with the Olive Ridley Sea Turtle, Monitor Lizard and Estuarine Crocodile are monitored in its Wildlife Sanctuary. Plus, another animals that can be easily spotted here include deer, monkeys, herons, kingfishers, wild pigs, etc. Additionally, the park's extremely gawking attraction are the Sajnekhali Visitors' Centre, and also covers a crocodile, a turtle hatchery, shark pond and a Mangrove Interpretation Centre. However, the place is also a popular world's heritage sites with some special draws like flora and fauna along with Netidhopani; an archaeological site, Kanak; it shelters the Olive Ridley Turtles, Holiday Island; The last habitat of the Barking Deer, Piyaly; an entry way to the park and the list just goes on.
Summer: 20 to 45 C
Winter: 9 to 32 C
Sep - Mar
Getting to Sundarbans
The nearest airport to Sundarbans is the Dum Dum airport at Kolkata, which is nearly 166 km away. Kolkata is an important International airport, which is well connected to many cities in India and abroad. Tourist pre-paid taxi charges about Rs 3,500 from Kolkata to Sundarbans.
Canning railway station is the nearest railhead from Sundarbans. It is 48 km away from Sundarbans and the taxi fare is about Rs 1,000. Canning station is connected by regular passenger and express trains to Kolkata and Howrah. All major trains stop at Howrah, which is nearly 100 km away from Sundarbans.
Sundarbans is well linked with many cities in the state West Bengal by state road transport corporation buses. The cities Kolkata (166 km), Najat (92 km), Raidighi (76 km) and Namkhana (105 km) are all connected to Sundarbans by bus services.
Distance from Kolkata: Around 166 km.