SUNDARBAN TOUR GUIDE
WHATS IS SUNDARBAN ?
Sundarban is a Bengali word. it’s meaning “sundar” beautiful, “BAN” means jungle or forest- Beautiful Forest.its located from kolkata 100 km.What is ‘the Sundarbans is a National Park’ – a mangrove forest, Tiger Reserve, and a Biosphere Reserve in West Bengal, India. Sundarbans is the name given to the large Delta that is formed where the river basins of Ganga and Bramhaputra meet. Sundarban is an enormous forest in the coastal region of the Bay of Bengal. The delta island is covered by mangrove forests, one of the largest Mangrove forest in the world. This unique forest extends across Bangladesh and West Bengal India. The Sundarbans is the world’s largest Mangrove forest, and UNESCO Heritage Site( National Park).
what is inside Sundarbans ?
It is an only forest where the Bengal Tiger lives. In one ward the home of royal Bengal tiger. The Sundarbans provides a unique ecosystem and a rich wildlife habitat. you can also spot Saltwater Crocodiles, many types of primates, leopards, King Cobras and Indian Cobras, many different species of birds, mammals, insects, reptiles and fishes. Over 100 species of fish and over 250 species of birds have been recorded in the Sundarbans. The Gangetic River Dolphin also spotted here.
The people of Sundarbans :
MOST OF THE PEOPLE ARE BENGALI, People of Sundarban are directly or indirectly related to income from this forest. Entire Eastern India is dependent on the fishery resources from Sundarban. millions of people live in the biosphere reserve. They depend directly on forest and forest-based resources since agriculture is not productive enough due to saline water. fuelwood, fishing, crap, thatching leaves, honey, and wax are the main sources of income.
Most of The woman is hard warking in the home. lots of woman lost their husband by tiger attacking during catching fish and crab, honey collection. the forest department helping those widow woman providing money and aids. village woman collected fish min from sundarban river,
How to Get in Sundarbans?
I am a travel agent (Ground Level). During tour or tour booking time the tourist asks some question. such…
1– How we reach Sundarbans from Kolkata city?
2- Food and beverage
3 – Comfort Accommodation
4 – Drinking-Water
5- SAFETY AND SECURITY
How we reach Sundarbans from Kolkata city?
When we want to go anywhere the first work we should do is to collect the information about the destination sot that at the time of the tour we could enjoy the place.
Sundarban is not an exception.
However, apart from the other tourist places in India, there are not enough and valuable information existed on the internet. In fact, there are tons of misinformation from the mediocre tour agents and guides that really can’t help you in your journey. So, I’ve decided to write this article to help you and other adventure tourists who are interested in Sundarbans. In this article, I will guide you about the Kolkata to Sundarban distance, the entry points and how to reach Sundarbans?
Kolkata to Sundarban Distance
Kolkata is the capital of West-Bengal and its also a great tourist destination in its own. If you are planning to visit Kolkata then don’t miss out the trip to Sundarbans as the biggest Mangrove land is located just 109 km from Kolkata. The added benefit is there are many tour agents including us help you visit the tiger land.
Routes to Reach Sundarban From Kolkata
There are two main routes to Reach Sundarbans from Kolkata.
These two are state highways and maintained periodically to let the tourists visit the Sundarbans without any hassle.
Wondering, in both of them which is the best route to visit Sundarban?
Kolkata Basanti Highway
The best route to get into the Sundarbans is through Kolkata Basanti Highway. We always use this route for our tourists as its not as crowded as Baruipur-Canning Highway.
If you want a smooth traveling then use this route to visit Sundarbans. Basanti Road is linked to Eastern Metropolitan Bypass near Science City in Kolkata and from Science city, Kolkata to Godkhali Sundarbans distance is 103 KMS and it takes about 3 hours to reach Godkhali.
NB-You will find several tea and snacks shops on this route. You can stop any of these shops and get refreshed.
Kolkata Baruipur Canning Highway
The second route you can use to reach Sundarbans is Kolkata Baruipur Canning Highway. However, the distance is the same as Kolkata-Basanti highway but as it goes through main markets of the towns you will encounter heavy rush. Especially at Baruipur and Canning.
It takes more time to reach Sundarbans via Baruipur Highway then Basanti highway.MAXIMUM of 3 HOURS.
The Two Entry Points to Sundarbans
There are two main entry points to reach Sundarban from Kolkata.
Godkhali and Jhorkhali
We always use this entry point as its located just opposite to Gosaba the main market of Sundarban Tribal Area and you will get all the necessary things before starting the tour to the Sundarbans.
In Godkhali there is a huge parking space for private cars and busses where you can park your vehicles with nominal charges.
As well as you will get public transport options such as Busses and Autos from Godkhali to Canning.
Jhorkhali is a less popular entry point to Sundarban. However, you will get public transport to get Jhorkhali from Canning, there are no markets like Gosaba in Jhorkhali and parking space is not as huge as Godkhali.
There is one more reason why we always prefer Godkhali over Jhorkhali – The distance of Sajnekhali Forest office from Jhorkhali is 5KMS more then Godkhali.
How to Reach Kolkata to Sundarban? Surface or Train
There are three transport options to reach Sundarban from Kolkata.
Via Local Train – It the best option for indie tourists who want to save some money on travel. By choosing this option you can reach Godkhali with just 100 Rs / Person.
.To reach Sundarbans via train you have to catch the Sealdah-Canning Local train from Sealdah South station. You will get trains every hour. The best train that we use for our tourists is 7:40 Sealdah-Canning Train…
From Canning you have to catch a share auto or Public transport such as BUS.( if you afford you can reserve an auto or car to Godkhali.)
Via Private Vehicle or Bus – The second and more comfortable option is to hire a private vehicle from Kolkata to Sundarban. If you hire a private vehicle you can reach Goidkhali by 3 to 3:30 hours.
AT LAST, IN MY VIEW TRAIN OPTION IS BETTER THAN OTHER.
Food and beverage
Sundarbans famous their sea fish crap prawn. so easily buy from the market or from fisherman directly. all are very fresh. we serve to our guest fresh and tasty light or rich food menu during the tour. Mainly our food menu Bengali cuisine but also we prepare North Indian, South Indian, Chinese menu. its depend on our guest demand.
FOOD FOR FOREIGN TOURIST
Always food menu is light. Fruits and juices part of food items.
Is sundarban safe to trip?
My answer is “yes” to all. Sundarbans is a beautiful Island area and people are very friendly. they always help you if you need that. during sundarban safari by boat, they provide a river life jacket. all watchtower is very safe full of jungle animals. All depends on your activities and behavior.
Always remember Sundarbans is the territory of tiger crocodile snake and many dangerous species And when you enter this territory please maintain all rule and regulation of forest department.
- BOAT SAFARI IS SAFTY.
- BOAT NIGHT STAY IS SAVE.
- WITHOUT GUIDE IS NOT SECURE.
- KEEP DISTANCE FROM ANIMALS.
- DONT ENTER THE INSIDE JUNGLE WITHOUT BOAT AND FOREST GUIDELINES.
- NARROW CREEK ARE VERY UNSAFE.
- .SAFE FOR FORNIERS, SOLO, AND BACKPACKERS.
PLEASE NOTE DON’T REQUEST TO BOAT SAILOR OUT OF FOREST GUIDELINE. IT IS PUNISHABLE. NARROW CREEKS ARE NOT SAFE.
Sundarbans is your Dream Destination.
Please Do For Better Sundarban.
1- sundarban NON-PLASTIC ZONE,
2- DONT THROUGH ANYTHING FROM BOAT TO RIVER,
3 – ALWAYS USE DUSTBIN IN BOAT.
4- Respect Sundarban Tiger Reseve Rule Regulation
5- Dont Disturb Wild Animals .Avoide loudy Product.