Man-Eaters of Sundarbans

Tripoto
27th Jan 2015

Sunset

Photo of Man-Eaters of Sundarbans by Brototi Roy

Satlejia Island, Sundarbans

Photo of Man-Eaters of Sundarbans by Brototi Roy

Shrimp ponds en route Godkhali

Photo of Man-Eaters of Sundarbans by Brototi Roy

Mangrove Forests

Photo of Man-Eaters of Sundarbans by Brototi Roy

Ferry Rides for Re.1

Photo of Man-Eaters of Sundarbans by Brototi Roy

Land Erosion

Photo of Man-Eaters of Sundarbans by Brototi Roy

Village life

Photo of Man-Eaters of Sundarbans by Brototi Roy

Aerial roots of Mangrove trees

Photo of Man-Eaters of Sundarbans by Brototi Roy

Saltwater Crocodile

Photo of Man-Eaters of Sundarbans by Brototi Roy

Most Mangroves

Photo of Man-Eaters of Sundarbans by Brototi Roy

Sun-basking crocodile

Photo of Man-Eaters of Sundarbans by Brototi Roy

Map of the Tiger Reserve

Photo of Man-Eaters of Sundarbans by Brototi Roy

Royal Bengal Tiger

Photo of Man-Eaters of Sundarbans by Brototi Roy

Sundarbans Delta is the biggest mangrove delta in the world, and home to the Royal Bengal Tiger. The locals proclaims that all the tigers of Sundarbans are man eaters, due to the harsh terrain and low prey density, and that one villager had been dragged by a tiger just a couple of days before my visit. The delta is a dangerous place, full of tigers, crocodiles and snakes, which makes the lives of local people very difficult. Almost everyone knows someone who has been taken by a tiger, most people would have their own family members as victims.

And yet, despite all the scary tales, or maybe because of it, the place is enchanting! 

I had gone to Sundarbans during the last week of January for a field visit, and knowing the low possibility of a tiger sighting, hadn't even bothered to carry a decent camera. Turns out, I was tempting fate. Not only did I see pug marks, and hear the roar of a tiger, I saw the actual magestic animal, for 15 minutes straight, and it was hyptonic. 

There is sometime serene while you sail along the tributaries, and look at nothing but dense mangrove forests on both banks. There is something that calls for self reflection, and turns even the uber urban into nature lovers, albeit momentarily. The tress, the birds and animals, and the village people, leading a life of hardship, and refusing to give up shows you a different world altogether.

I came to Sundarbans to do a little research on the shrimp farming for my thesis, and I left with a weath of knowledge and a memory full of sights.

Located at one of the last Islands of Sundarbans, the Eco Village is run by the local people, and gives you a chance to interact with them and learn more about the place and people.
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