World's Largest Single Block of Tidal Halophytic Mangrove Forest May 15, 2011
Have you ever thought of getting a closer view of 'Man Eaters' of Eastern India - the Royal Bengal Tigers? If your answer is 'Yes', do not hesitate; book your ticket to Kolkata. One of the best wildlife experiences that I have received from my whole travel life is from Sundarbans. Some 100 to 150 kilometers away from the city of Kolkata locate this beautiful delta, where you get some good chances of interaction with at least some of the 250 registered Royal Bengal Tigers at their natural habitat. Or, if you are one of those dedicated birdwatchers, still you have a good bargain here. Added to these species are salt water crocodiles and snakes, and many of them. You can also enjoy a nice village walk, and get to listen some of the horrifying stories of the ‘Man Eaters’ from the villagers. Most villagers are fishermen or honey extractors, so no doubt of having a wonderful taste from water or from the trees. However, be careful in choosing your stay. I would strongly recommend Sunderban Tiger Camp, although it could be a bit expensive than other options. You can visit their site at http://www.sunderbantigercamp.com/.
The main attraction of this National Park is obviously ‘the man eaters’- Tigers. There are also other wildlife including saltwater crocodiles, snakes, and various birds. A cruise around the park can take you near to the wildlife, and also give you a chance to enjoy mangrove forest. You can also enjoy a walk through the safe zone of National Park or a cycling to nearby village.
How to Reach?
Gosaba is the nearest town which is some odd 110 kilometers away from Kolkata. The nearest airport to Gosaba is Kolkata, and the nearest railway station is Canning. There are boat services from Gosaba to Sajnekhali (the access point to the National Park).
Remember, although the Park is open for visitors from September to March, the best season to visit this wildlife destination is winter (November to February).
Make sure that you are staying for some extra days to enjoy the National Park in full. And, keep your favorite musics, books, or other entertainments to beat lonely nights.
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