Satjelia - Gosaba - Godkhali - Kolkata
Nights here are entirely different from cities, full of mystery and fear. After checking out from Satjelia, we head towards Gosaba, where lies the Hamilton Bungalow and Rabindranath Tagore Bungalow. It is said to have been the residence of Tagore for a while.
There is a minimal amount of fee that needs to be paid to get access to the forest area from the forest department. This fee is generally included in the package of the ferry ride you choose. They charge Rs 60 for Indians, Rs 200 for foreigners and Rs 400 per boat.
The Sunderbans National Park only offers boat safaris, which mostly take place from 8.30 am to 4.00 pm. The forest area is open to travellers between 7.00 am - 5.00 pm.
Boats are not allowed to move in the area after 6.00 pm.
The place is open throughout the year.
When to go:
The best time to visit the Sundarbans depends on what you want to explore. The chances of sighting a Royal Bengal tiger are higher when the temperature rises in September and March. However, if you wish to enjoy the foggy morning with thousands of migratory birds flying around, then winter is the best time to visit the place. It is suggested to avoid the monsoon months as it can get too risky for tourists to sail.
Gosaba is one of the few rare places in the Sunderbans that has accommodation facility for travellers. Tour de Sundarban- Eco Village is one such place in the area. It provides packages worth Rs 4,200 per person, which includes safari, food and other activities. It's a rustic looking place that runs on solar power, filled with basic amenities.