Sunderbans Tiger Reserve, West Bengal
Located in the Ganga delta in WestBengal, spanning the Hooghly
in the west and Teulia river in the east, Sunderbans was declared
a National Park in 1984. The park covers a vast stretch of
mangrove swamp, lush forested islands and small rivers near
the Bay of Bengal. Most of the region comprises estuarine
mangrove forests and swamps which supports an ecosystem specially
adapted to great salinity.
Sunderbans is home to the magnificent Royal Bengal tiger,
the park holding more tigers than any other tiger reserve.
More than 400 tigers were recorded during the mid-1980s. Project
Tiger has also launched a programme to protect the Olive Ridley
sea turtles. Crocodiles and the Gangetic dolphin are to be
found aplenty in the Raimgangal river. The Sajnakhali sanctuary,
famous for its rich avian population, is regarded as a part
of the Sunderbans National Park.
When to visit
September to May
How to get there
By air: Dum Dum (166kms), is
the nearest airport at Calcutta.
By rail: The nearest railhead
is at Canning, 48 kms away.
The nearest town is Gosaba, 50 kms away.