Package Duration : 5 Days

  Sunderban - 3 Nights, Kolkata - 1 Night


Sunderbans - The Land of The Royals !

Where the land meets the sea at the southern tip of West Bengal lies the Indian Sunderbans, a stretch of impenetrable mangrove forest of great size and bio-diversity. A UNESCO World Heritage Site (awarded in 1997), the Sunderbans is a vast area covering 4264 square kms. in India alone, with a larger portion in Bangladesh. 2585 sq. kms. of the Indian Sunderbans forms the largest Tiger Reserve and National Park in India.

The Sunderbans are a part of the world's largest delta formed by the rivers Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna. Situated on the lower end of the Gangetic West Bengal, 22.00° N – 89.00° E, it is also the world’s largest estuarine forest. 70% of the area is under saline water and the area is criss-crossed by hundreds of creeks and tributaries. It is difficult to approach and even moredifficult to spend time in. But for those who dare, it must be one of the most attractive and alluring places remaining on earth.

In a landscape dominated by great tidal creeks and waterways, the only way to access and enjoy the area is on motorized boats which come in various sizes and shapes. Sunderbans is the home of man eating tigers, estuarine crocodiles, sharks and snakes. Man fights for survival in great numbers by living off nature's bounty by accepting and fighting against these odds. The visitor has no choice but to stay within limits and out of trouble. This means that there is very little conventional bird or game watching, more observations from water. But the dark and foreboding attractiveness of the mangroves also hides some of the most sought after birds and animals in the world and a chance encounter with a Swamp Partridge, a Brown-winged Kingfisher, a Grey Headed Lapwing, a Pallas's Fish Eagle, a Lesser Adjutant or maybe a Mangrove Whistler is always a possibility ~ as is the unforgettable sight of the most secretive great cat in the world.

Tiger sighting is difficult not just because of the terrain but also because the density is not evident from the limited view one gets from a boat. The fringes of Sunderbans play host to many local endemics and the visitor is well advised to spend time on land outside the core area before venturing into the heart of the National Park. Once inside the Park, the only access to land is at the various Watchtowers you can visit. Remember that the watchtowers are inside wire cages and do not allow you to stroll in tiger- and.



Arrive Kolkata.
Immediately proceed to Sonakhali jetty (110 kms.- 3 Hrs.) through beautiful countryside’s, rural bazaar with stopovers at Local Tea shop and Fishermen’s' villages. Arrive at Sonakhali. Transfer of luggage and persons to motorized boat.
Briefing and interpretation by then naturalist over Tea/Coffee/Welcome drink followed by 2 hours spectacular cruise through river Hogol, Gomor, Durgaduani and Gumdi. Optional stopover at Gosaba- one of the earliest human settlements of Sunderbans to visit the house of Sir Danniel Hamilton-a Scottish banker who initiated the first co- perative movement of India here. Thereafter check-in the hotel.
After lunch, leave for 3 hours birding and game cruise to Sudhanyakhali watch tower through creeks and canals.
Evening will be free for relaxation. Night halt at Sunderbans.

After breakfast, leave for full day game cruise and birding tour to Netidhopani watch tower (Subject to weather permitting the same). Lunch will be served on board. Return back to resort.
In the evening, experience the local Rural theatre (Bonobibi Yatra) performed by the villagers. The theatre tells interesting story about the Tiger Lord, Forest God and Goddess, fishermen and honey collectors with lot of songs and dances. Night halt at Sunderbans.

After breakfast, leave for the Birding and game cruise to DoBanki watch tower to enjoy a small canopy walk.
Return back to resort for lunch. Evening will be at leisure. Night halt at Sunderbans.

After breakfast, take a guided village walk in which participants are encouraged to have a close interaction and interesting encounters with the local villagers and their lifestyle, Local craft and cuisines, Indigenous farming and household equipments used by the villagers. Afterwards enjoy a guided adventure cruise by manually- oared country boat.
Back to Resort for lunch. Thereafter check-out from the hotel and proceed to Sonakhali, arrive Sonakhali and departure to Kolkata (110 kms.- 3 Hrs.), arrive Kolkata. Night halt at Kolkata.

Departure to Mumbai.


The Activities :
We do not promise Tiger Sighting though every efforts will be taken to show the incredible array of wildlife of the Sunderbans.

For those who consider Tiger sighting a must for their trip are discouraged to join our cruise safaris as Tiger sighting cannot be guaranteed in such a vast, remote and difficult terrain where visitors hardly have any opportunity to walk on the forested lands or mud flats. We welcome all to our Natural History tour for a great learning experience and a mutual education.

Climate :
October to February- Cold and temperate, March to May-Hot and humid
June to September- Wet and windy. Monsoon cruises are spectacular.

Special Interest :
Botany, Ornithology and Ethno-zoology: 180 species of birds including 6 species of Kingfishers, Raptors, Waders, Migratory birds and ducks, Herons and Storks. Other than some 270 legendary Bengal Tigers and Spotted Deers and Wild Bores Sunderbans also boasts of the Largest Estuarine crocodiles, Rhesus monkeys, Water monitors, Reptiles and Amphibians, Turtles and Dolphins. The honey collectors and Fishermen of the land of "HUNGRY TIDE".

Sunderbans is mysterious, unpredictable, instilling, vast, untamable Perhaps, the last true wild frontier remaining on our planet Earth.

Must in Travel Kit :
Bird book
Small Torch
Stock of film rolls and batteries
Personal medication
Sun cap
Pair of earth color trousers/shirts

The above package can be customized according to your needs and specifications.  Please contact our office for details.