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Discover The World Biggest (Largest) Mangrove Forest

Sundarbans | Largest Mangrove Forest In The World

Sundarbans, the southwestern part of Bangladesh, in the district of greater Khulna, lays the Sundarbans, means "the beautiful forest". It is a virgin forest, which until recently owed nothing to human endeavor and yet nature has laid it out with as much care as a planned pleasure ground. For miles and miles, the lofty treetops form an unbroken canopy, while nearer the ground, works of high and ebb tide marked on the soil and tree trunks and the many varieties of the natural mangrove forest have much to offer to an inquisitive visitor.

The Sundarbans is the largest mangrove forest in the worlds. And as it is the unusual forest, UNESCO listed it as World Heritage Site.

Best time to visit the Sundarbans is from November to March. Exciting honey collection season is during April-May. Hunting is prohibited by law in the country for the preservation of wildlife. Certain species of birds, however, can be shot with prior permission of the Divisional Forest Officer, Khulna.
Royal Bengal tigers, the pride of Bangladesh, have been known to grow to a body length of more than 2m. They have a life span of 16 years and prey on deer, boars and fish stranded on river beds at low tide. It is only in old age, when they have lost their physical agility and canine fangs that they some­ times prey on workers in the area.

There are thought to be roughly 400 tigers remaining in the Sundarbans and every year there are reports of people in the area get­ ting eaten by tigers. Although they may not admit it, most guides, despite carrying rifles, are terrified of the tigers. Consequently, they make considerable noise during excursions, scaring them off and virtually ensuring that you won't encounter one. Nevertheless, there are just enough sightings to encour­ age visitors. One group reported seeing a tiger swim right by their boat.
Birds, over 270 different species have been recorded in this region, including about 95 species of water birds and 35 species of birds of prey. Birds found here include snipes, white and gold herons, woodcocks, coots, yellowlegs, sandpipers, common cranes, golden eagles and the Madantak (adjutant bird), which always looks worried and dejected.

Wildlife in the Sundarbans includes deer, wild boars, clawless otters, monkeys, crocodiles, 50 species of reptiles (including snakes and eight species of amphibians) and numerous river dolphins.

There are an estimated 30,000 spotted deer in the Sundarbans. They're relatively easy to find given that they use clearings and river banks to drink. Monkeys have cu­riously been observed to drop keora leaves whenever deer appear on the scene.
MAIN ATTRACTIONS: Wild life photography including photography of the famous Royal Bengal Tiger, wild life viewing, boating inside the forest, wild call recordings, nature study, meeting fishermen, wood cutters and honey collectors. Peace and tranquility in the wilderness, seeing the world's largest mangrove forest and the riverine beauty.

FAMOUS SPOTS: Hiron Point (Nilkamal) for tiger, deer, monkey, crocodiles, birds and natural beauty. Katka is famous for deer, tiger, crocodile, varieties of birds and monkey, morning and evening symphony of wild fowls. Vast expanse of grassy meadows running from Katka to Kachikhali (Tiger Point) provides opportunities for wild tracking. Tin Kona Island is for tiger and deer. Dublar Char (Island) for fishermen. It is a beautiful island where herds of spotted deer are often seen to graze.
How To Go
Sundarbans can be reached easily from Khulna and Mongla. But it is strongly recommended that get the help of one well none travel agent for most comfortable journey. Alternatively get the help from Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation.

Phone: 88-02-9120392, 8117855-9 Ext: 108
Fax: 88-02-8126501
E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Entry Permission: Officially, permits are required to visit the Sundarbans. They are issued by the Divisional Forestry Office (041-720665, 211731) in Khulna and validated at the Dhangmari Forestry Station, 4km southwest of Mongla across the Pusur River on the northern fringes of the Sundarbans.

For a day-trip from Mongla, you are technically required to inform the Forestry Station. This is rarely done in practice, though. If you want to stay more than one day or for overnight trips a permit, guides and guards are required.

Required entrance fees for visitors, vessel or boat payable at the relevant forest station/range office.
To get to Dhangmari from Mongla, two and half an hour round trip in a rowboat, which you can find on the waterfront near the BIWTC office.
Service Provider Departure Destination Contact
Eagal Paribahan Dhaka Barishal 02 - 7101504 -
Shohag Paribahan Dhaka Khulna 02 - 9334152, 8316766 Details
Green Line Dhaka khulna 02 - 9339623, 9342580 Details
There are also direct connections from Barisal to Khulna (eight hours). Involving two ferry crossings, is via Bagerhat.
Service Provider Departure Destination Contact
Bangladesh Railway Dhaka Khulna 02-9358634, 8315857 Details
For Foreigner
At first arrive Bangladesh and then pick one way for your destination
Since it is strongly recommended that get the help of one tour operator. So the tour service provider will arrange accommodation facilities as the desires of particular tourists.

Alternatively get the help from Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation. Phone: 88-02-8117855-9, 8119192, Fax: 88-02-8126501, E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
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