SUNDARBANS TIGER RESERVE:

The Sundarbans National Park is a National Park, Tiger Reserve, and a Biosphere Reserve in West Bengal, India. It is part of the Sundarbans on the Ganges Delta, and adjacent to the Sundarbans Reserve Forest in Bangladesh. The delta is densely covered by mangrove forests, and is one of the largest reserves for the Bengal tiger. It is also home to a variety of bird, reptile and invertebrate species, including the salt-water crocodile. The present Sundarbans National Park was declared as the core area of Sundarbans Tiger Reserve in 1973 and a wildlife sanctuary in 1977. On 4 May 1984 it was declared a National Park. It is a UNESCO world heritage site in scripted in 1987.

 

The park is surrounded by a buffer zone of 885 square kilometers. This also mainly consists of mangrove forests. The core area of the park has its own natural boundaries with the river Matla on its West, the river Haribhanga on its East, with Netidhopani and Gosba in the North.

 

The four Sundarbans national parks have been lumped together as they all share common features of the estuarine mangrove ecosystem. The main attractions of the Sundarbans are the Tiger, of which the delta harbour large reptiles like the Monitor Lizard, Estuarine Crocodile and the Olive Ridley Turtle, for which there is a conservation programme in the Indian park. The Leopard, Indian Rhinoceros, Javan Rhinoceros, Swamp Deer, Hog Deer and Water Buffalo have all become locally extinct from the delta in recent decades.

 

Sundarbans has achieved its name from the Sundari Trees. It is the most exquisite variety of tree that is found in this area, a special kind of Mangrove tree. It has specialised roots called pneumatophore which emerge above ground and help in gaseous exchange i.e. respiration. During the rainy season when the entire forest is waterlogged, the spikes rising from the ground has their peak in the air and helps in the respiration process.

 

Fauna:

The Sundarbans forest is home to more than 400 tigers. The royal Bengal tigers have developed a unique characteristic of swimming in the saline waters, and are famous for their man-eating tendencies. Tigers can be seen on the river banks sunbathing between November and February. Apart from the Bengal tiger, Fishing cats, Leopard cats, Macaques, Wild boar, Indian grey mongoose, Fox, Jungle cat, Flying fox, Pangolin, Chital, are also found in abundance in the Sundarbans.

 

Avifauna:

Some of the birds commonly found in this region are openbill storks, black-capped kingfishers, black-headed ibis, water hens, coots, pheasant-tailed jacanas, pariah kites, brahminy kite, marsh harriers, swamp partridges, red junglefowl, spotted doves, common mynahs, jungle crows, jungle babblers, cotton teals, herring gulls, Caspian terns, gray herons, common snipes, wood sandpipers, green pigeons, rose ringed parakeets, paradise-flycatchers, cormorants, grey-headed fish eagles, white-bellied sea eagles, seagulls, common kingfishers, peregrine falcons, woodpeckers, whimbrels, black-tailed godwits, little stints, eastern knots, curlews, golden plovers, northern pintails, white-eyed pochards and whistling teals.

 

Aquatic fauna:

Some of the aquatic animals found in the park are sawfish, butter fish, electric rays, silver carp, starfish, common carp, horseshoe crabs, prawn, shrimps, Gangetic dolphins, skipping frogs, common toads and tree frogs.

 

Reptiles:

The Sundarbans National Park houses a large number of reptiles as well, including estuarine crocodiles, chameleons, monitor lizards, turtles, including olive ridley, hawksbill, and green turtles, and snakes, including python, king cobra, rat snake, Russell’s viper, dog faced water snake, checkered keelback, and common krait.

 

Endangered species:

The endangered species that lives within the Sundarbans are royal Bengal tiger, saltwater crocodile, river terrapin, olive ridley turtle, Ganges River dolphin, hawksbill turtle and mangrove horseshoe crab.

 

Marine Mammals:

Bryde’s whales, Irrawaddy dolphins, Ganges river dolphin, Chinese White Dolphins, Finless porpoises, Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins, spinner dolphins, pantropical, false killer whales and rough toothed dolphins.

Region                         Sundarbans, Kolkata

No of Days                   Ex – Kolkata    04 Days

Grade                          River Cruise safari easy

Type                            Wildlife Safari

 

Day Itinerary Stay Meals
Day 1 Kolkata – Sundarbans – Evening Safari Resort L,D
Day 2 Sundarbans National Park (Morning and Evening) Resort B,L,D
Day 3 Sundarbans National Park (Morning and Evening) Resort B,L,D
Day 4 Sundarbans National Park – Kolkata B

 

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1:              Kolkata to Sundarbans 

Your Sunderbans Tour 3N 4D starts with your pickup from Kolkata in an exclusive vehicle and drive to Sonakhali/Godhkhali, a journey of about 3 hrs. We transfer you from Sonakhali/Godhkhali jetty by motor boat to the resort/hotel located in the Sundarbans Islands. This journey would take you down the rivers Hogil, Gomar, Durgaduni and Gumdi in about an hour and a half.

After lunch, set off on motor boat and view wildlife from the Sajnekhali watchtower and visit the Sajnekhali Museum and Mangrove Interpretation Centre.

Thereafter we visit the Sudhanyakhali watch tower at the Sundarban National Park. Most of the tigers are sighted from this tower. Some other wildlife like axis deers, wild boars and crocodiles may also be seen from this watch tower. There is a sweet water pond where animals come to drink water. Behind the pond are stretches of land bereft of any vegetation where one can sight animals from a distance. Dinner and night halt at the hotel/resort.

 

Day 2: Sundarbans National Park

The second day involves cruising through the deep creeks and covering the watchtowers of Burir Dabri, Kumirmari as well as the forest of Morich Jhapi. Burirdabri in Sundarbans national Park is famous for its watchtower, a mudwalk and mangrove cage trail leading to a viewpoint known as Raimongal View Point. Visit the watch Tower at Burirdabri camp.

The Jhingakhali watchtower offers an exciting view of the jungles. Overlooking an untamed forestscape, enjoy the sights and sounds of nature resplendent in her pristine virginal beauty.

 

 

Day 3: Sundarbans National Park

The third day involves a full day cruise through the rivers and narrow creeks of the Sundarbans National Park and a lovely birding experience. Food would be prepared and served on the motor boat. Start after bed tea and visit the various watch towers of Neti Dhopani (Subject to weather and tide conditions permitting) as well as Do Banki. The canopy walk at Do Banki gives you an opportunity to view wildlife from a netted enclosure.

Next on our itinerary would be the Spotted Deer Rehabilitation Centre. Thereafter, enjoy the thrill of cruising deep in the “Indian Amazon” as India Beacons calls it and also around the islands of the Sundarban Tiger Project Area. Let yourself be guided by our Naturalist and Guide to view the Mangrove forest from close quarters, deep inside the creeks and return in the evening. Overnight stay would be at the hotel/boat.

The Netidhopani watchtower offers one a view of the ruins of a 400 year old Shiva Temple. It is also believed that there is a road on the extreme right of the forest which was built by King Pratapaditya to guard the coastal area. It is now covered with earth. There is also a sweet water pond. This watch tower has a capacity to host 20 persons at a time.

 

Day 4: Sundarbans to Kolkata

In the morning, we cruise along the creeks and take you for a village tour to the southernmost village of South 24 Parganas. This is a special attraction of the India Beacons tour where you have a chance to get a feel of the “Mudflats”. An important physical feature of Sundarbans are the “Mudflats”. Do not forget to carry your “Bermudas” as the inviting waters of the Sundarbans entice you to wade through them and frolic on the “Mudflats”.

You may be lucky enough to see small Octopus, Star Fish,  Jelly Fish, Horse shoe Crab, prawn seeds as well as many other variety of fishes etc.

Optional activity involves country boat ride along the jungles.

We then set off for a visit to a village and learn about the experiences of the villagers in the forest. Meet the fishermen, the Honey Collectors as well as the woodcutters and share their experiences of the Jungle.

 

After lunch at the resort/boat, at around 12:00 p.m, we depart for Godhkhali/Sonakhali to be transferred to Kolkata. Arrive at Kolkata by about 5:30 / 6:00 pm.

Tour officially ends here.

Ex-Kolkata:                 Adult: ₹20,500/-* per head

 

Accommodation

HOTELS ENVISAGED:

Location Hotel Names Rating
Sundarbans Sundarban Eco Resort or Similar 3*

***Note: Above mentioned hotel are subject to change depending on the group size or similar category hotels will be offered.

Charges Include:

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in above mentioned.
  • Return transfers by AC Vehicle.
  • Meals as per mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Boat Transfers
  • Boat safaris, permits, guide fees, boat charges
  • The Tern Travellers Wildlife naturalist cum Leader
  • Leader Charges
  • Expertise

 

Charges Exclude:

  • GST 5%
  • Additional / personal use of vehicle.
  • Extended stay due to weather conditions or any situation not in human control.
  • Any personal expenses, room service and special orders, mineral waters, non-alcoholic beverages, tips, phone calls, laundry etc.
  • Any extra excursions or sightseeing apart from the above specified itinerary.
  • Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.
  • Camera fees.
  • Airfares/Rail fares
  • Anything Specifically NOT mentioned in includes.

Payment policy:

PAYMENT SCHEDULE (Per person)
  Adult    
At the time of booking 50%    
21 days before Departure 75%    
14 days before departure 100%    
  • The Tern Travellers reserves the right to cancel and forfeit the paid amount in case of payment schedule not followed.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation period Cancellation Charges on Cost
More than 30 days 25%
30 to 21 days 50%
21 to 14 days 80%
Less than 14 days or No show 100%

Things to Carry:

  • A Hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • A dust protection mask
  • Personal Bottle (To avoid plastic use – 1LtrsX2)
  • Small backpack for safaris (10Ltrs)
  • Bird books
  • Sun screen
  • Only dull coloured clothes (Green, brown, Beige, Camouflage)
  • Camera (At owners risk) with proper equipment for photography (As per need)
  • Fleece/Jacket (temperatures drop in the forest to below 10 degree Celsius
  • Binoculars
  • Energy bars for safaris

 

Important Note:

  • Wildlife safaris/Bird watching is a matter of luck and opportunity. No guarantee of any sighting is made. Neither of our associates will quote that, although we try our best to spot and show you as much as nature allows us to.
  • Birdwatching is a hobby and not a race, hence request all birders to maintain discipline at all times.
  • Bird watching is an art of silence and key observation.
  • Avoid Pointing out directly to a bird that might flush the bird away.
  • Do not get too close to a bird for a photograph that you flush it away.
  • Birdwatching should be enjoyed by binoculars and the fun is to spot them, identify them and if you still have some time with the bird photograph them.
  • Never enter the forest with an intention of spotting a single species, it will only disappoint you. The forest is a gift packet with a lot to surprise with. Listen to our naturalist for more wonderful experience.
  • Our walks are not target species specific (Unless specified)
  • We explore everything we find uncommon and need to be explained.
  • Any demand for spotting a single species in any jeep will not be entertained by the guide or the tour leader as there are other travellers who would want to see the birds etc.
  • Respect & honour everything that is in the forest and it has to offer you.
  • Enjoy being in the forest and you will feel much happier away from the concrete chaos.
  • Respect the local, tribes, guards, guides, drivers, officers and all animals.
  • Front seat of the Gypsy is always reserved for the Guide or Guard.
  • No extra room will be made for photographers, respecting other travellers. (For photographers it is recommended to opt for higher options)
  • No littering in the forest strictly. (what goes comes back the same way)
  • Camera fees & guide tips to be paid separately & directly.
  • Kindly follow the instructions given by the tour leader and the guide for your own safety.

Departure date: TBA

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