Sundarban National Park boasts of being the largest estuarine forests in West Bengal, India. Covered by mangrove forests, the Park is dotted with around 54 small islands and has several river Ganges tributaries. It is home to around 55 reptile species, 250 birds’ species and 58 species of mammals and a range of flora. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987. The national park is a network of tiny islands, tidal waterways and mudflats which present a very good example of inspiring natural scenery. This area is not only prominently known for Tigers but a fore sure centre of attraction for the scenic beauty as well. Proclaimed as a Tiger reserve, the Park offers heavenly atmosphere blended elegantly with the soothing sounds of birds. The only way to explore this Park is on a boat.Get Free Tour Quotes
The flats are exposed during low tides and offer an appropriate place for one to see the dainty mangroves. Sea creatures like Horseshoe crab and Sea Anemones, which are on the verge of extinction, can be seen here.
Flora and Fauna
The Park has derived its name from the Sundari trees which is an exquisite variety of Mangrove tree. This is a home for the Royal Bengal Tiger; these lovely animals can be found sunbathing at the riverside. Endangered animals like leopard cat, wild boar, macaques, fox and many others can be easily found here.
Aqua and Avifauna
Some of the most charming varieties of Indian and migratory birds like open bill storks, coots, spotted doves and many more are the centre of attraction here and similarly sea creatures like sawfish, butterfish, silver carp and many others can be found in the clear waters of the Park.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to experience the natural beauty is anytime except the Monsoon, which lasts from mid June to mid September. However, December to February is considered to be the best time to pay a visit.
How to Reach
Nearest airport is in Kolkata (Netaji Subash Chandra Bose Airport, 140 km away from the Park). Canning Railway Station is the nearest railhead to the Park (29 km).