SUNDARBANS

The Sundarbans are the largest littoral mangrove belt in the world, stretching 80km (50 mile) into the Bangladeshi and Indian hinterland from the coast. The Sundarbans has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The forests aren’t just mangrove swamps though, they include some of the last remaining stands of the mighty jungles which once covered the Gangetic plain. The Sundarbans cover an area of 10,500 sq km, of which about one-third is covered in water/marsh areas. Since 1966 the Sundarbans have been a wildlife sanctuary, and it was estimated that there had been 400 Royal Bengal tigers and about 30,000 spotted deer in the area.

 

Flora and Fauna: Royal Bengal Tigers are the main draw, but you can also spot Saltwater Crocodiles, various primates, leopards, King Cobras and Indian Cobras.

Sundarbans is home to many different species of birds, mammals, insects, reptiles and fishes. Over 120 species of fish and over 260 species of birds have been recorded in the Sundarbans. The Gangetic River Dolphin (Platanista gangeticus) is common in the rivers. No less than 50 species of reptiles and eight species of amphibians are known to occur. The Sundarbans now support the only population of the Estuarine, or Saltwater Crocodile (Crocodylus parasus) in Bangladesh, and that population is estimated at less than two hundred individuals.

SITES TO SEE

The Sunderbans: A UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest Mangrove forrest in the world

Hiron Point

It is a beautiful spot, great for spotting tigers and other wildlife.

 

Tin Kona Island

This is another popular spot for wildlife spotting.

 

Katka
This is a base for safaris, and good spot to see tigers and for bird-watching.

 

Dublar Char Island

It’s possible to fish here.

PLACES TO EAT

It’s best to savor the delicious dishes made of fresh catches from the water. Some of the lodges also have their own kitchen garden to give the guests a sample of fresh produce. Moreover, it is wise to carry own drinking water or carry water purifier tablet/liquid drop.