Know About Sundarban
The Sundarbans a UNESCO World Heritage Site is located at the South eastern tip of the 24 Paraganas district about 110 km from Kolkata. It got its name from one of the mangrove plants known as Sundari (Heritiera Minor). Sundarbans are a part of the world's largest delta, formed by the mighty rivers Ganga, Brahmaputra and Meghna. Situated on the lower end of Gangetic West Bengal, the Sundarbans is criss-crossed by hundreds of creeks and tributaries. It is one of the most attractive and alluring places remaining on earth, a truly undiscovered paradise. The Sundarbans is the largest single block of tidal, halophytic mangrove forests in the world. The name can be literally translated as beautiful jungle. The name may have been derived from the Sundari trees that are found in the Sundarbans. . It spans a vast area covering 4264 sq. km in India alone. It is the largest Tiger Reserve and National Park.
Apart from being a unique largest mangrove eco-system of the world, the Sundarbans has the world's largest deltaic mangrove forests and is also home to one of India's most iconic wildlife species - the Royal Bengal Tiger. It is also the world's largest estuarine forest criss-crossed by hundreds of creeks and tributaries, intersected by a network of tidal waterways, small islands of salt-tolerant mangrove forests and mudflats. The interconnected network of waterways makes almost every nook and corner of the forest accessible by boats or rafts making it one of the most attractive and alluring places on earth and an undiscovered paradise. The Sundarbans also serves as a crucial protective barrier for the inhabitants in and around Kolkata against the floods that result from the cyclones which are a regular occurrence. Sundarbans have also been enlisted amongst the finalists in the New 7 Wonders of Nature.
Sundarban National Park
Sunderbans are the most famous for its wildlife treasures it presents to tourists, and this spot is the collective inventory of the best among the rest in terms of wildlife. It is a place where land dissolves into water, and is known principally for its wide and eye catching reserves of tiger and birds, both parks of which are built around this area as the centre. It is located southmost of Bengal, and is one of the highlights of Sunderban tourism. It achieved such status in the late 1900s.
Sajnekhali Watch Tower
Sajnekhali Watch Tower is the second most important watchtower in the Sunderbans tower. It provides all the mojo of other towers plus much more. It is the place where you can spot the famous tiger species, and also the place to watch pretty gruesome crocodiles in live action. There is also opportunity to indulge your excited wildlife enthusiast touristy curiosity in a museum and crocodile park within the premises, which showcases a collection of exquisite details. There’s also a temple within the grounds, traditional style, a Bonobibi temple.
Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary
This, along with the tiger reserve of Sunderbans, are the main crowning jewels of, glistening feathers in, Sunderbans’ cap. This is the ideal place where you can go for a walk through if you’re here on vacation. You’d get lovely views of the Peechkali and the Gomti. The highlighted bird species here are those of egrets, herons and the like. Also, this place is hygienic and the sir healthy for you, along with being eco friendly. Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary is situated right near to its sibling animal reserve, the lordly Tiger Reserve.
Sudhanyakhali Watch Tower
If “All Along the Watchtower” popped immediately into your mind when you read this headline, you’re the person I’m speaking to. Playing along the track on your tranquil vacay, you could climb the Sudhanyakhali watchtower to spot tigers in your vicinity. This is the most opportune place to watch tigers from, the highlight of the Sunderbans. Also visible, with luck of course, are axis deer and the like. An added bonus is the charming vista full of trees and greenery you get to see for miles all around when up high on this vacation must-visit.
Burirdabri Watch Tower
This watch Tower in the Burirdabri camp is famous for its watchtower, a mud walk and mangrove cage trail leading to a view point known as Raimongal View Point. The ground fauna consisting of snails, varieties of crabs and mollusks can be observed closely during the mud walk. The layout of this watchtower is very beautiful with one walking over wooden bridges and then through the mud cage and finally culminating to a wooden watch tower over looking Bangladesh with the river Raimongal forming the international boundary between India and Bangladesh. One can see the Bangladesh Sundarbans from this watchtower. This watchtower has a capacity to host 10 persons at a time.
Kalash Island, in South 24 Parganas, is a part of the Sundarbans National Park that lies at the estuary of the River Matla. Being outside the core area of Sundarbans, visitors with armed guards are permitted to get down on the beach. During winters, it is the breeding ground of the Olive Ridley Turtles that arrive in great numbers on this beach for nesting. Kalash Island is also the home to many varieties of coastal birds and is specially a good place to spot uncommon waders. The Great Stone-curlew or Great Thick-knee (Esacus recurvirostris) is sighted on the beach.