If you have decided to visit Sundarban, you have made an excellent decision to explore the unique demography, which is different in its way. Geographically, Sundarban is the most prominent Mangrove Forest, located on the delta of three Giant rivers-Ganges, Padma, and the Brahmaputra. However, Sundarban Forest is not a mere dense jungle. It has some unique characteristics.
An experienced Sundarban tour operator can help you to organize a well-planned trip to this Mangrove Safari. But unless you learn the innate Sundarban facts about this Mangrove Forest, the tiger reserve, Sundarbon animals, and the superstitions related to these fierce and lethal beasts, you may not be able to enjoy your trip to this woodland.
The width and size of Sundarban—it is widespread in India and Bangladesh
Sundarban houses the most significant Mangrove Forest comprising 102 islands. Out of these islands, only 54 islands are populated, but the rest of the islands are forest clad. The whole area is made of approx. Ten thousand square kilometers are shared between Bangladesh and India in 40: 60 ratios.
The abundance of the Sundori tree is the reason behind the name of the forest.
The Mangrove Forest area is so large it can accommodate 10 Venice cities. The whole place has lots of Sundarban rivers, creeks, and confluences.
The Waterway network is one of the unique features of this Mangrove Forest area and Sundarban.
Waterbodies and unique tidal current
The Sundarban Safari houses plenty of rivers and canals. Rivers of Sundarban and canals cater to Sundarban tidal waves, which impact the water level of all these canals, and the water reaches up to 6-8 feet on the low land area. After 12 hours, the tidal wave goes off, and the lowlands become entirely muddy.
During the high tide, canals get water filled and it is possible to ride a boat. Experienced boatmen of Sundarban can sail through this tidal water and help tourists view the dense areas of Sundarban Forest from the boat.
The waterway is a unique way to view the forest from a safe distance.
You can enjoy Bird Watching here.
Wide varieties of birds are one of the premium attractions of Mangrove Forest, Sundarban. Sajnekhali bird sanctuary is one of the best places to watch various birds in migratory and non-migratory categories. The Sundarban safari is best observed from the Sajnekhali watchtower.
The most frequently seen birds in the Sundarban National Park are Kingfishers, Plovers, Sandpipers, Whimbrels, White Bellied Sea eagles, etc. The watchtower is located near the core area of Tiger reserve. Maybe you will be able to view the Jungle King, from your boat journey.
The lethal beast-Royal Bengal Tiger
The Mangrove Forest is the natural habitat of the Royal Bengal Tiger. These Sundarban tigers are extremely ferocious and man-eaters. These tigers can climb trees and swim in the water with effortless ease.
Various legends and stories are famous in Sundarban Safari about Royal Bengal Tiger. Many so-called superstitious beliefs are popular here that only the worship of Bon Bibi can save people from the attack and wrath of these big cats.
Royal Bengal Tigers are one of the attractions of Sundarban Mangrove Forest. However, visiting Sundarban Safari does not guarantee that you can get a glimpse of the Jungle king. But it is believed that no matter if you can’t see the Tiger, the Tiger has been watching you since you stepped into his territory.
Crocodile Conservation Center
Near the Sundarban National Park area called Bhagabatpur, the Indian government has started a crocodile conservation Center here. It is located near Lothian Island and at the shore of Saptamukhi creek. The center takes care of estuarine crocodiles and BatagurBaska species of tortoise. When visiting Mangrove Forest, a small education tour at this conservation center will add to your knowledge about the unique ecosystem of the place. The scope of the educational time is a unique feature of the Mangrove Forest tour. Only an experienced Sundarban tour operator can arrange this unique itinerary for you.
Unique flora and fauna
The Mangrove Forest area is famous for its unique flora and fauna. Here it is estimated that 248 bird species are found, 55 species of reptiles, and 60 species of mammals. The mammals of Sundarban comprise Wild boars, spotted deer, leopards, rhinoceros, wild buffaloes, wild hogs, wild cats, barasinga, spotted deer, Hog deer, barking deer, monkeys, porcupines, and Rhesus macaque apart from Royal Bengal Tiger, etc. The forest includes venomous reptiles like the King cobra, the common cobra, the Banded krait, and Russells Viper. In the non-venomous category, Python, Chequered Kil-Back, and Dhaman snakes are available.
The Mangrove Forest and its adjacent water bodies are the swelling places of some fascinating aquatic animals like the Snubfin dolphin (Orcellabrevirostris), Gangetic Dolphin (Platinistagangetica ), River Terrapin (BatagurBaska), Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas), marine turtles like Olive Ridley ( Lepidochelysolivacea ), Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), etc. Also, the aquamarine ecosystem includes sharks, Ray-fish, and many other seas and sweet water fish.
According to the latest census, Sundarban is the dwelling place for 453 f wildlife, including 290 birds, 120 fish, 42 mammals, 35 reptiles, and eight amphibian species.
The unique flora and fauna have made the forest a special place to explore its wildlife—it is altogether different. Sundarban flora includes 64 trees, including Genwa, Dhundal, Passur, Garjan, Kankra, Goran, Sundori, Buta-Buta Tree, Hargoja tree, etc., which are mainly of the Mangrove category.
The plants with night glow: Phytoplankton
Phytoplankton is a kind of Microscopic Marine Algae. It glows at night. In Sundarban, you can experience the glow of this organism, especially on New Moon night amidst the darkness. It is the rare experience of bioluminescent plankton at night in Sundarbans, and looks stunning.
Now you may have developed a fair idea about the unique facts and features of the Mangrove Forest of Sundarban. When planning for your sundarban tour, you must contact a reliable tour operator with experience conducting a well-organized tour and scheduling your itineraries keeping the features in mind.
For a well-organized tour in Sundarban, you may contact Madhuban Leisure at +91 9903977265 / 9331055704 for booking and Sundarban tour assistance. For checking Sundarban travel details, you should check https://sundarbantigerroarresort.com.