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Sundarban, spread across Bangladesh and India, is a cluster of low-lying islands in the Bay of Bengal, very famous for its unique mangrove forests.
The Sundarbans forest is about 40% of 10,000 sq km lies in India and is another home to many rare and globally threatened wildlife species such as the estuarine crocodile, Water monitor lizard, Royal Bengal tiger, olive ridley turtle, and Gangetic dolphin. India’s forest is divided into the Sundarbans Tiger Reserve and 24 Parganas (South) Forest Division. Sundarban is the only mangrove forest in the world where tigers are found.
The Sundarban in India has been a priority region for WWF-India since 1973 due to its unique climate and biodiversity. Securing the future of the Sundarbans forest, its biodiversity and people requires a long term vision that can integrate climate adaptation and conservation strategies along with shorter-term interventions such as ensuring sustainable livelihoods, access to clean and sustainable energy and effective human-wildlife conflict management.
Key Attractions of Sundarban Package:
Katka bird-watching zone
BurirDabri Watch Tower
Netidhopani Watch Tower
Different transport medium to reach Sundarban-
The nearest airport from the Sunderban is the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport(Dumdum Airport), located in Kolkata, the West Bengal capital. The airport stays at a distance of 120 km from the Sunderbans safari at Godkhali Port. Further, you can hire a private car or cab or taxi to arrive at the Godkhali from Kolkata airport, which will take approximately 3 hours by road.
The nearest central railway station is the Sealdah Railway Station, and the local railway station is Canning Railway Station. The Sealdah Station is one of the major Railway Station in West Bengal and is located on the northeast railway zone’s main route and connected to India’s various cities.
You can visit the Sealdah railway station from other parts of India and then arrive at the Canning railway station by getting into the local trains, which will take around one and a half-hour train ride. Further, you can take a private taxi or shared public transport at the Canning to reach Sunderbans’ entry point at Godkhali to board the boat for the safari.
The visitors, who want to travel by road, can either take the public transport from Kolkata to Canning and other Canning to Godkhali or hire a private taxi or cab to directly reach Godkhali from Kolkata. The road distance from Kolkata to Godkhali is around 120 km, and Canning is approximately 64 km. You can get into the boat to further explore the forest.