The Sundarbans are a must inclusion in every travel lover’s bucket list. Its incredible natural beauty and vivid wildlife make it stand apart from all other popular tourist places. It is a great place to visit for all kinds of travelers – be it nature-loving, adventurous or peace-seeking. The mangrove forest, the Sundari trees, the crocodile and not to forget the Royal Bengal Tiger attracts tourists not only from India but from all over the world.
However, along with obvious and most visited spots of the Sundarbans there are certain hidden gems that many tend to overlook. These hidden gems add the icing on the cake of your tour if one can plan it out beforehand and visit them.
Here is a list of the Top 10 places to visit, when in the Sundarbans:
1. Sunderbans National Park
located at the southern tip of Bengal, Sunderbans National Park is where sea meets the land. This is the core area of Sunderbans Tiger Reserve and a World Heritage Site of the UNESCO since 1987. It has the highest mangrove forest in the entire world, comprising of various types of mangrove plants like include Goran, Genwa, Kankra, Sundari, Dhundal, Garjan and Passur.
Also, the Sunderbans National Park is the home to more than 400 tigers, the famous Royal Bengal Tiger.
the park’s rich flora and fauna are what attracts nature lovers. Pale-Billed Flowerpecker, Black-Capped Kingfisher, Asian Open Bill Stork, and Common Woodshrike are the birds to look out for. Some endangered reptile species including the Batagur baska, Olive Ridley Turtle, Royal Bengal Tiger, and King Crabs are common here too.
2. Sudhanyakhali Watch Tower
Sudhanyakhali Watch Tower is the best tower for all the tiger and wildlife like axis deer and crocodiles spotting.
The home of Olive Ridley Turtles, Kanak is the place where turtles approach from distant areas of shallow waters and beaches.
4. Sajnekhali Watch Tower
Another famous watchtower, Sajnekhali Watch Tower, also houses a Bonobibi temple, a museum and crocodile park within its premises.
5. Tiger Reserve at Dobanki
Dobanki watchtower is the third viewpoint of Sundarbans National Park. This watch tower offers a unique experience of watching wildlife from its canopy walk of about a half kilometer long and at a height of about 20 ft from the ground.in Sundarban. A sweet water pond nearby attracts tigers, deer, and other wildlife.
6. Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary
Bring out the Salim Ali in you by visiting the Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary at the Sundarbans. It is home to egrets, herons and several other species of birds like Kingfisher, Plovers, Sandpipers, Whimbrels, White Bellied Sea Eagle, Lap-Wings and Curfews.
7. Kapil Muni Temple
This small temple of Kapil Muni will give you peace and serenity.
8. Hiran Point
Located in the southern part of Sunderbans and Khulna district, Hiran point is Surrounded by water bodies from all the three sides,
Also known as Nilkamal, it is one of the famous tourist attractions in Sunderbans. It is a beautiful spot to catch a glimpse of Royal Bengal Tigers, deer, monkey, tigers and crocodiles etc.
With the ruins of a 400 year old temple, Netidhopani is a popular visit among the Sundarban tourists.
10. Lothian Island Bird Sanctuary
Another famous bird sanctuary of the region, Lothian Island Bird Sanctuary is famous for different species of birds found here, including Black-Capped Kingfisher, Curlew, White-Bellied Sea-Eagle, Tern and Whimbrel
These were some of the top ten places to visit in the Sundarbans. However, the real spirit of the place lies in the eyes of the beholder. Take some time out and soak in the beauty of nature with patience to make the most of the trip.