Sundarbans: Sundari and Tigers
The Sundarban forest lies in the vast delta on the Bay of Bengal formed by the super confluence of the Padma, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers across sou
The Sundarban forest lies in the vast delta on the Bay of Bengal formed by the super confluence of the Padma, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers across southern Bangladesh. 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 Sundarbans is estimated to be about 4,110 km, of which about 1,700 km; is occupied by waterbodies in the forms of river, canals and creeks of width varying from a few meters to several kilometres. The region supports several mangroves, including: sparse stands of Gewa (Excoecaria agallocha) and dense stands of Goran (Ceriops tagal), with discontinuous patches of Hantal palm (Phoenix paludosa) on drier ground, river banks and levees. The fauna of the sanctuary is very diverse with some 40 species of mammals, 260 species of birds and 35 species of reptiles. The greatest of these being the Bengal Tiger of which an estimated 350 remain in the Bangladesh Sundarbans. Other large mammals are wild boar, Chital horin (spotted deer), Indian otter and macaque monkey. Five species of marine turtles frequent the coastal zone and two endangered reptiles are present, the estuarine crocodile and the Indian python.
Pick up from Kolkata in the first half of the day and reach Godkhali, the last road point, embark on our boat , reach the Sajnekhali forest office , visit the interpretation centre, get some Tiger trails from the local guides and cruise towards the Eco village which will be our base camp for the trip.
Today we will do the NETIDHOPANI circuit which has limitations of only twelve boat permits(no advance booking) and we will try to be the first to get the permits, nevertheless since this watchtower has permit limitations we will obviously try to get it on the following days if not on the first day and reverse the circuit accordingly..This watchtower has many narrow channels and creeks and we will explore it with long hours. Return to the Eco village base camp for the night stay.
The day long jungle safari will commence and we will go to the BURIDABRI circuit which also has the border to Bangladesh side of Sundarbans.Expect a lot of big river cruise, with village on one side and the jungle on the other side, not to mention the magnificent channels and creeks which forms the Sundarbans, back to the Eco village base camp for the night stay.
Today we will do DOBANKI, which will also cover the watch tower of Sudhanyakhali.
Morning bird walk. Post breakfast departure for Kolkata.