The Sundarbans National Park, an invincible kingdom of Royal Bengal tigers, is one of the most riveted tourism destinations in the eastern belt of India, especially for the wildlife and nature lovers. Here are few tourist destinations in and around the national park, which you can consider to visit while visiting the Sundarbans National Park.
Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary:
The Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary which is situated on a land between the Peechkali and Gomati Rivers, and the only place in the Sundarbans forest to take a walk. Located alongside the Sundarbans tiger reserve, the Sajnekhali bird sanctuary is the home to a myriad of bird species like herons, egrets, Kingfisher, Sandpipers, Plovers, Whimbrels, Sea Eagle, Curfews and others. Also, there is a Mangrove interpretation center located inside this sanctuary.
The Second most famous watchtower in the Sundarbans Park after the Sudhanyakhali, the Sajnekhali watchtower strategically placed on the Sajnekhali Island to view a large part of the forest. It is a fascinating tourist place which also has a crocodile park, a museum and the Bonobibi temple inside the premises of the watch tower land. Here, you will also get the permit to visit other areas of the Sundarbans forest issued by the forest office.
Most famous watchtower in the Sundarbans area, the Sudhantyakhali watchtower is strategically placed in the center of the tiger reserve zone. It is an amazing place from where one can view most of the tiger reserve area and can also spot a large number of tigers from this watchtower along with the other existing wildlife of the area such as axis deer, crocodiles and other species. Being a large watchtower, it can host around 25 persons at a time to let them enjoy the enchanting view around. There is a large land devoid of any vegetation and a big pond nearby the watchtower due to which you can get an amazing sight of tigers and other animals who visit at the pond to drink water. Due to the no vegetation, animals can be seen clearly from afar.
Along with the Sajnekhali and Sudhanyakhali watch towers, there are other watch towers such as Netidhopan, Haldi and others from where one can get the wonderful sight of the royal Bengal tigers.
Bhagbatpur Crocodile Project:
One of a kind, Bhagbatpur Crocodile Project is a crocodile breeding farm located in the Bhagbatpur area of the Sundarbans. It is known as the hatchery of the world’s largest estuarine crocodile. This place can easily be reached from the Namkhanaand.
Known as the gateway to the Sundarbans, the Piyali Island is situated in the Sundarbans at a distance of 72 km from Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal. This place is in the close proximity to Sajnekhali and developed as the tourist complex to enhance the tourism activity in and around the Sundarbans National Park. Here, one can savor the tranquility amidst nature by taking a walk in the surroundings and one can also enjoy the boat ride and view the village life. The Piyali River flows amid the island to converge with the Matla River.
Lothian Island Wildlife Sanctuary:
The Lothian Island Wildlife Sanctuary is located on a small island of having 38 sq km of area and easily accessible from Namkhana. You can obtain a permit to enter this island from DFO (South Division) of 24-Parganas or from the Namkhana Range Office. The Lothian Island is famous for being home to various bird species such as Black-Capped Kingfisher, Curlew, White-Bellied Sea-Eagle, Tern and Whimbrel. However, there is no tiger in this island thus making this island a favorite place for nature lovers as they can walk amid the greenery which largely consists of mangrove trees without any fear of the tiger. The faunas of this island consist of wild boar, fishing cat, spotted deer, jackal, crocodile, genetic dolphin and plenty of poisons and non-poisonous snakes. The sunset view is magnificent from this island.
Chulkati & Dhulivasani:
The forest of Chulkati and Dhulivasani is located adjacent to the Kalas Island and a famous stop by in the Sundarbans for its diverse wildlife. With various rivers crisscrossing an area of around 462 sq km, it offers you some extraordinary view of nature like the Sundarbans. A 53-feet high watchtower which is located deep in the Ramganga range in the Sundarbans forest will provide you a complete view of flora and fauna around the tower. Apart from the tiger, you will get the sight of deer, wild boar, monkey, water monitor lizard and various species of bird.
The Hiran point which is located at the southern periphery of the Sundarbans is surrounded by beautiful water bodies from three sides and offers you a great view around.
The Halliday Island, which is also located on the southern side of the Sundarbans is an attractive tourist spot and widely known for being home to the barking deer.
Haliday Island Wildlife Sanctuary:
Located in the Haliday Island, the Haliday Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over an area of 6 sq km and is one among the three Wildlife Sanctuaries which enrich the Sundarbans Biosphere Reserve. The Haliday Island is located on the bank of Matla river and home to spotted deer, barking deer and other animals. The sight of the royal Bengal tigers is found occasionally on this Island.
Tin Kona Island:
This is a spectacular Island in the Sundarbans National Park and a perfect place to spot tigers and deer in the wilderness of the Tin Kona Island.
How to Reach Sundarbans National Park:
Sundarbans National Park, an Indian territory of Sundarbans forest, is located at the southeastern edge of West Bengal, an eastern state of India. The nearest city to the Sundarbans Park is Kolkata which is well connected with the park by roadways, waterways and railways. Furthermore, Kolkata is the capital of West Bengal and a metro city so it is well connected with the big cities of India by Road, Water, Rail and Air as well as the international airport of Kolkata is well connected to all the popular cities of the world with a direct or connecting flight.
Thus, tourists planning to visit Sunderbans National Park can easily reach Kolkata from any corner of India and abroad, and then make arrangements to reach the Sunderbans National Park. Here is the detail information on how you can reach Sundarbans from Kolkata-