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Best time to visit Sundarbans National Park
Due to its proximity to the Bay of Bengal, Sunderban experiences very high humidity. Rainfall is quite heavy during monsoon, which last from mid-June to mid-September. After the monsoons, fair weather prevails until mid-March.

Nethidhopani is the only watchtower inside the Core Area of the forests where tourists are allowed. But on any given day only few boats are allowed inside the core area. The charges for entry permits are double of what it is to visit the other watch towers. The journey to this watch tower is little scary going through very narrow creeks and with very few boat traffic.

Legends have it that Behula (Refer to Chand Saudagar), while accompanying her dead husband Lakhinder on his last journey on the boat, was passing the bank of what is now called Netidhopani, saw an interesting thing. A woman was washing clothes and a child was continually disturbing her. Annoyed, she sprinkled some water on the boy. The boy became lifeless. The woman finished her laundry and then again sprinkled some water on the boy, chanting some mantras, to bring him back to life. Behula decided this was the person who could bring her husband back to life. She rowed the boat to the bank and asked the lady (Netidhopani) to teach her the verses. In fact, Behula reached heaven from this Ghat. Today this watchtower offers one a view of the ruins of a 400-year-old Shiva Temple. It is also believed that there is a road on the extreme right of the forest which was built by King Pratapaditya to guard the coastal area. There is also a sweet water pond made by forest department to attract animals.

Sajnekhali Watch Tower is most popular watch towers in the park. The reason behind its popularity is its close proximity to a number of resorts in the Sunderban area. A tourist can obtain the permission to enter the national park from this spot only. The watch tower can accommodate 20 people at a time. The major attractions in this region are Bono Bini Temple, Mangrove Interpretation Center and turtle project. This watch tower you can see avifauna species such as Pelican, Kingfishers, Plovers, Lap Wings, White Bellied Sea Eagle, Whimbrel, Curfews, and Sandpipers.

Sudhanyakhali Watch Tower:  Most of the tigers are sighted from this tower. Some other wildlife like deers, wild boars and crocodiles are commonly seen from this watch tower. There is a sweet water pond where animals come to drink water. Behind the pond are stretches of land devoid of any vegetation where one can sight animals in the clearings.

Dobanki watchtower also has a Canopy Walk. This canopy walk is about 500-metre-long and at a height of about 20 ft from the ground. There is also a sweet water pond and Chital deers as well as Brahmini Kites are very often sighted here apart from the tigers. The jungle here is very dense near this watch tower and tiger attacks happen here when local fishermen or honey collecters enter these jungles.

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Kalash Island, is a part of Sundarbans that lies at the tributaries of the River Matla. 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 is sighted on the beach. Access by boat to this beautiful beach is usually from the Forest Department's Kalash Camp. A visit to Kalash Island combines the Sundarbans experience with bird-watching. There is no staying option at this camp, however, a day excursion can be done in a 1 Night 2 Days Trip.
Bonnie Camp, is one of the most beautiful watchtowers in the Sundarbans. This watchtower, 50 feet high, is the highest watch tower in the Sundarbans. There is a sweet-water pond where the wildlife of Sundarbans frequent throughout the day. The ambience being fabulous and one gets the feeling of desolate island when one spends the night at Bonnie camp. In fact, on a moonlit night, the view of the jungle from the watchtower crisscrossed with rivulets and creeks all around is a treat for the eyes. There is a tourist accommodation at Bonnie camp for overnight stay. But there is no electricity but only solar lights.

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How to Reach Sundarbans National Park.
Tourists planning to visit Sundarbans National Park may avail conducted tours organized by local tour leaders. The park has many entry points and easily accessible from different parts of West Bengal. Tourists need to reach Kolkata city which has very good network of all modes of transportation with major cities of India and abroad.

By Air An airway is always the most convenient and efficient means to reach Sundarbans National Park. The nearest airport is Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose airport at Kolkata. It is located at an approximate distance of 112 Kms from Sundarbans. Tourists need to go Canning, Basanti, Gosaba or any of the launch terminals to hire motor boat to reach Sundarbans area.


By Rail The nearest railhead to Sundarbans National Park is Canning and Seadalh (South). Local trains ply regularly and it takes only one and half hours to reach. Tourists will have to take train from Kolkata to reach Canning station. From there shared vans are available that takes you to the mainland of Sundarbans area.

By Road A well-laid road network connects Sundarbans National Park to Kolkata. The total surface distance is approx 110 kms. Tourists can hire public transport from Sonakhali (100 Kms), Namkhana (105 Kms), Canning (64 Kms), Raidighi (76 Kms) and Najat (92 Kms) easily.

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About Sundarban National Park Kolkata West Bengal India.
The Sundarbans National Park is a natural region comprising a small part in Eastern India. It is largest single block of tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the world. Sundarbans National Park is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Sundarbans National Park is a National Park, Tiger Reserve, and a Biosphere Reserve located in the Sundarbans delta in the Indian state of West Bengal.The name Sundarban can be literally translated as "beautiful forest" in the Bengali language (Shundor, "beautiful" and bon, "forest". The name may have been derived from the Sundari trees (the mangrove species Heritiera fomes) that are found in Sundarbans in large numbers.The Sundarban forest lies in the vast delta on the Bay of Bengal formed by the super confluence of the Ganges. The seasonally flooded Sundarbans freshwater swamp forests lie inland from the mangrove forests on the coastal fringe.  It became inscribed as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1997. The Indian part of Sundarbans is estimated to be about 4,110 square kilometres (1,590 sq mile), of which about 1,700 square kilometres (660 sq mile) is occupied by waterbodies in the forms of river, canals and creeks of width varying from a few metres to several kilometres.

The Sundarbans is intersected by a complex network of tidal waterways, mudflats and small islands of salt-tolerant mangrove forests. The interconnected network of waterways makes almost every corner of the forest accessible by boat. The area is known for the eponymous Royal Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris), as well as numerous fauna including species of birds, spotted deer, crocodiles and snakes. The fertile soils of the delta have been subject to intensive human use for centuries, and the ecoregion has been mostly converted to intensive agriculture, with few enclaves of forest remaining. The remaining forests, taken together with the Sundarbans mangroves, are important habitat for the endangered tiger. 

Sundarbans National Park- How To Approach

Sundarbans National Park cab approached from three directions from kolkata.from North 24 Parganas via Hemnagar, from Diamond Harbour, Namkhana and 3rd being from Canning through Godhkhali or Jharkhali. The 1st route is not well explored and infrastructure is not well developed yet but gives a hands on experience of the rural life of Bengal. The 2nd route via Namkhana too is not well developed and does not have any accommodation and is you plan to stay then only options are on the luxury boats or camping on sand beaches in safe areas. The 3rd route that is by Godhkhali or Jharkhali is the most developed and well connected by rail and road. In case you are travelling through Godhkhali you need to leave your vehicle at godhkhali and travel further down the rivers into the islands and get overnight accommodations at Pakhiralay or Dayapur Island. In case you take the Jharkhali route then you can drive right up to the closest drive able location nearest to the core area. Jharkhali is being slowly developed as the hub of tourism activity for Sundarbans National Park. The third approach to Sundarbans National Park is the most frequented and have luxury tourist accommodation and facilities.  

Watchtowers of Sundarbans National Park

​​Sajnekhali Watch Tower is most popular watch towers in the park. The reason behind its popularity is its close proximity to a number of resorts in the Sunderban area. A tourist can obtain the permission to enter the national park from this spot only. The major attractions in this region are Bono Bini Temple, Mangrove Interpretation Center and turtle project. This watch tower you can see avifauna species such as Pelican, Kingfishers, Plovers, Lap Wings, White Bellied Sea Eagle, Whimbrel, Curfews, and Sandpipers.

​Sudhanyakhali Watch Tower  Most of the tigers are sighted from this tower. Some other wildlife like deers, wild boars and crocodiles are commonly seen from this watch tower. There is a sweet water pond where animals come to drink water. Behind the pond are stretches of land devoid of any vegetation where one can sight animals in the clearings.

Dobanki watchtower also has a Canopy Walk. This canopy walk is about 500-metre-long and at a height of about 20 ft from the ground. There is also a sweet water pond and Chital deers as well as Brahmini Kites are very often sighted here apart from the tigers. The jungle here is very dense near this watch tower and tiger attacks happen here when local fishermen or honey collecters enter these jungles.

​​Kalash Island, is a part of Sundarbans that lies at the tributaries of the River Matla. 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.

Bonnie Camp, is one of the most beautiful watchtowers in the Sundarbans. This watchtower, 50 feet high, is the highest watch tower in the Sundarbans. There is a sweet-water pond where the wildlife of Sundarbans frequent throughout the day. The ambience being fabulous and one gets the feeling of desolate island when one spends the night at Bonnie camp.

About Sundarbans National Park

Wildlife and Vegetation
The Sundarbans flora is characterised by the abundance of sundari (Heritiera fomes), gewa (Excoecaria agallocha), goran (Ceriops decandra) and keora (Sonneratia apetala) all of which occur prominently throughout the area. The characteristic tree of the forest is the sundari (Heritiera littoralis), from which the name of the forest had probably been derived.
The Sundarbans provides a unique ecosystem and a rich wildlife habitat. According to the 2015 tiger census, the Sundarbans have about 170 tigers (106 in Bangladesh and 64 in India).  Although previous rough estimates had suggested much higher figures close to 300, the 2011 census provided the first ever scientific estimate of tigers from the area Tiger attacks are frequent in the Sundarbans. Between 0 and 50 people are killed each year.
There is much more wildlife here than just the endangered Royal Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris). Fishing cats, macaques, wild boars, common grey mongooses, foxes, jungle cats, flying foxes, pangolins, and spotted deer are also found in abundance in the Sundarbans.  A 1991 study has revealed that the Bangladeshi part of the Sundarbans supports diverse biological resources including at least 150 species of commercially important fish, 270 species of birds, 42 species of mammals, 35 reptiles and 8 amphibian species. The Sundarbans is an important wintering area for migrant water birds and is an area suitable for watching and studying birds.

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