Honeymoon in Sundarban Cruise

Sundarban Cruise The Sundarbans is a vast delta formed by the rivers Ganga and Brahmaputra at the mouth of the Bay of Bengal. Losing velocity as they meet the plains, the sluggish waters widen their channels to form an enormous network of waterways and canals, inaccessible except by boat. The Sundari tree that dominates the coastline lends its name to the delta region. The coastal forest gives way to mangrove swamps which penetrate 60-80 miles inland. A hundred islands have been created by the criss-crossing of the river channel, spread over the state of West Bengal in India and Bangladesh.

The Sundarban National Forest is a UNESCO World Heritage site and covers 4262 sq. km in India. The Royal Bengal Tiger has adapted remarkably to the park (yes, it can even swim here!) though the marshes are not its original habitat. The unique eco-system of the Sundarbans shields 200 birds and 84 species of mangroves.

Organised trips into the Sundarbans start from Port Canning or Basanti to Sajnekhali, where there is a wild life sanctuary with accommodation facilities. The Bhagatpur Crocodile Project is a crocodile breeding farm, while Kanak is the nesting place of the Olive Ridley turtles.

To explore this wondrous, uninhabited land, nothing could be better than a luxury cruise through its still waters. Luxury cruises into the Sundarban network of rivers and creeks with services that match the highest standards are available, with onboard facilities like a multi-cuisine restaurant, a gym, an ayurvedic spa, bar, art gallery, library, and lively on-board entertainment.

Cruise operators cover Namkhana, Bhagatpur Crocodile Project, Sagar Island and Jambudweep. The cruise from Sajnekhali plies through Sudhanyakhali, Buridabri - Netidhopan and Holiday Island. From Sonakhali the cruise moves into Gosaba; and from Raidighi to Kalas. Wild life can be observed from the watchtowers at Netidhopan, Sajnekhali, Sudhanyakhali and Haldi.

Foreign tourists may collect their permits for the Sundarban tour from the Secretary, West Bengal Forest Department, Kolkata.


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