Sundarbans has been a wildlife sanctuary since 1966. In the year 1073, The Sundarbans National Park was announced as the core area of The Sundarbans Tiger Reserve. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage in 1987 and the Sundarbans region as a whole was declared a Biosphere Reserve in 1989. Of around 300 Royal Bengal tigers and approx. 30000 Spotted Deer's have made Sundarbans there habitat.
Where to stay
Within and outside the Sundarbans Wildlife Sanctuary, one can find a number of hotels, wildlife resorts, forest lodges and jungle camps .
The wildlife resorts and hotels in Sundarbans cater to the tastes and budgets of all kinds of travelers. Rooms tend to fill up during peak tourist season hence, it is advisable to make advance reservations. All wildlife resorts in Sundarbans arrange park safaris.
How to reach Sundarbans National Park
Dum Dum is the nearest airport at Kolkata.
The nearest railway station is Canning that is less than 50 km and the nearest town is Gosaba. The Sundarban National Park is accessible only by boats unlike other National Parks of India, making Sundarban trip one of the most attractive one on earth and an undiscovered paradise for wild life enthusiast, birders, bird watchers and nature lovers.
You can embark the journey from the following points:
Canning - 64 km
Raidighi - 76 km
Najat - 94 km
Sonakhali - 100km
Namkhana - 105 km
- Foreign tourists need a special entry permit from the secretary West Bengal Forest Department.
- It is best to carry your own drinking water
- The transport connection is very tricky and complex here. So taking solo trips is not advisable. Join any of the several tours that run on a daily basis for a better, all round experience.
- There are about six species of sharks that inhabit the Sundarbans.