Sundarbans National Park, West Bengal sprawling over an area of 2,585 square kilometers, is the largest delta and the mangrove forest in the world. Lying at the convergence of the three important rivers, the Ganga, the Brahmaputra and the Meghna, Sundarbans National Park even expand to Bangladesh as well. Known all over the world for the Royal Bengal Tigers, Sundarbans National Park, West Bengal is the largest estuarine sanctuary in the world.
The natural beauty, mangrove forest and the rivers create an amazing ambience that draws in thousands of travelers from world wide. The forested islands and the water channels of Sundarban shelter more than 270 Royal Bengal Tigers. It is made up of an alluvial island group of 54 islands. Sundarban has been named after the typical Sundari trees, which are found here in plenty. Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary is placed right at the boundary of this national park.
Apart from the royal Bengal tigers, Sundarbans National Park is a home for spotted deers, monkeys, wild pigs, kingfishers, herons and white-bellied eagles. You can see the tigers swimming in the saline water channels. This is an amazing sight to behold. Ridley Sea Turtles, Ganges dolphins, estuarine crocodiles, water monitors and a diverse range of birds, fish and crustaceans are widely found in this national park. The park also nurtures and protects large number of endangered species. Red Fiddler Crabs and Hermit Crabs are the common aqua species of the park.
Mangrove forests are dominant in this national park. If you are visiting Sundarbans National Park during April and May, then you will be able to enjoy the beauty of the flaming red leaves of the Genwa. The lush greenery of the island is punctuated and adorned with this splash of colors from this species of tree. The other typical flora, which are commonly found in this national park are red flowers of the Kankara and the yellow blooms of Khalsi and the important trees like Dhundal, Passur, Goran trees, Garjan and Kankara.
During your visit to Sundarbans National Park, West Bengal, you can visit the Sajnekhali Visitors' Centre, where you can see the interesting crocodile enclosure, a shark pond, a turtle hatchery, and a Mangrove Interpretation Centre. The major sightseeing attractions, which you can visit during your wildlife trip are the Sajnakhali Sanctuary, Netidhopani, Bhagabatpur, Kanak, Holiday Island, Piyali and Kaikhali.
September and May is the ideal time to visit Sundarbans National Park. You can enjoy the cruises along the river channels and spot various wild lives in their wilderness. Kolkata is the nearest airport to the Sundarbans National Park, West Bengal. The nearest railhead from this national park is Canning. You can also avail the bus services as regular buses ply to Sonakhali, Raidighi, Najat and Namkhana.