Along the extreme southern reaches of West Bengal, the
state resembles a
coconut palm leaf seen in close up. The
land is split by numerous rivers and water channels all
emptying into the blue of Bay of Bengal. And throughout the
soiled ground is covered by dense forest and vast saline mud
flats. This is the area known as Sunderban. The biggest
estuarine forest in the world. There are no roads in the
watery wilderness. The waterways are the only path ways in to
the heart of the forest Sunderban is actually composed of 54
[These Eco Tour Programs are best
run with minimum 6 travelers to a group & more]
Along the extreme southern reaches of West Bengal, the state
resembles a Coconut palm leaf seen in close up, the land is
split by numerous rivers and water channels all merging into
the blue of the Bay of Bengal. And throughout the soiled
ground is covered by dense forest and vast saline mud flats.
This is the area known as Sundarbans. The biggest estuarine
forest in the world. There are no roads in the watery
wilderness. The waterways are the only pathways in to the
heart of the forest. Sunderbans is actually composed of 54
Dense, sometimes impenetrable undergrowth of Goran
between six and twelve feet high cover almost the whole of
Sunderbans, The timber for this one of the toughest in Indian
forest, the rest of fauna consist of clumps of Hantal, Dhundal,
Passur Sundram, Kerpra & Kankra. The forest can be botanical
termed as salt water heritiera type.
What identifies sunderbans are vast Mangrove forest with their
bayonet like roots protruding out of location to let the trees
THE LIFE WITH THE FOREST
The forest is a natural habitat of the world famous
Royal Bengal Tiger, jungle cat, fishing cat, Axis dear, wild
pig, other and the largest estuarine crocodiles in the world.
Among the birds there are Herous egrets, strokes, cormorants
and sea gulls, variety of ferns as you sail closer to the sea
Kingfishers dive-bomb and come up with wriggling silvery prey
seasonal birds like ehimbrel, black tailed God wit, Eastern
knot and curfew, sand pipers, golden plovers, lesser whistling
teats visit regularly.
Sundarban is accessible only by riverine water
ways. Embarkation points can be reached by Canning, Basantid,
Namkhana which are connected from Calcutta.
MADHUKAR, luxury launch of the Tourist
bureau which has facilities of an excellent gallery, sleeping
quarters complete with bed rolls and armed guards and
provision to anchor in mid channel and stay overnight.
July to September
Approx. distance of embarkation points from
Calcutta : Canning - 54 kms.
Calcutta : Basanti - 100 kms
Calcutta : Namkhana - 105 kms