A Weekend Trip to Sundarbans from Kolkata

  • By JAGAT
  • 17/June/2024
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If you're seeking an escape from the bustling city life of Kolkata, a weekend trip to the Sundarbans offers the perfect retreat. Nestled in the southern part of West Bengal, the Sundarbans is the world's largest mangrove forest and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is home to an incredible array of wildlife, including the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger.

A weekend trip to the Sundarbans from Kolkata is a perfect blend of adventure, relaxation, and nature exploration. This unique destination offers a refreshing break from city life, with its serene landscapes, diverse wildlife, and rich cultural heritage. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a wildlife lover, or simply seeking tranquillity, the Sundarbans promises an unforgettable experience where you can awe yourself by rowing through the river and looking for tigers. So, pack your bags and set off on an adventure to discover the wonders of this mesmerizing mangrove forest.

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Day 1: Departure from the ‘City if Joy’ to Sundarbans National Park

• Begin the Sojourn on Boat upon Arrival

Your adventure begins early on Saturday morning. To make the most of your weekend, catch the earliest possible train or drive from Sealdah to Canning and further proceed to Godkhali, known as the gateway to the Sundarbans. The journey by car or train typically takes around 3-4 hours. As you leave the city behind, the landscape gradually changes from urban sprawl to lush greenery and serene villages.

• Reaching Godkhali by Mid-day

Upon reaching Godkhali, you'll board a boat that will take you to your chosen accommodation in the Sundarbans. Whether you opt for a rustic home stay, a quaint eco-resort, or a luxurious houseboat, the boat ride itself is a treat. As you glide through the waterways, you'll be surrounded by the dense mangrove forests and might even spot some wildlife along the way.

• Exploring the Mangroves in the Afternoon

After checking in and having lunch, it's time to explore the mangroves. Many resorts offer guided boat tours that navigate through the narrow creeks and rivers. These tours provide an excellent opportunity to observe the unique flora and fauna of the Sundarbans. Keep your camera ready for sightings of saltwater crocodiles, spotted deer, wild boars, and a variety of bird species. A sight of a majestic Royal Bengal Tiger would be a be a bonus for the trip.

• Witness the Mesmerising Sunset from the Watchtower

One of the highlights of the Sundarbans is watching the sunset from one of the watchtowers. The Dobanki or Sajnekhali watchtowers offer panoramic views of the forest and its waterways. As the sun sets over the horizon, casting a golden glow over the mangroves, it's a sight that will remain etched in your memory. Return to your accommodation for some snacks and a hearty dinner, followed by some local cultural performances, if available.

Day 2: Wildlife Safari and Cultural Exploration

• Tiger Tracking Adventure Begins

Rise early for a chance to spot the majestic Royal Bengal Tiger. The best time to visit Sundarbans for tiger tracking is from October to March, not only due to pleasant weather, but also for sighting wildlife. The early hours of the morning is considered the most favourable time to spot the wild inhabitants of this national park with unique landscape. While tiger sightings are rare due to the dense foliage, the thrill of possibly encountering one is an experience in itself. Even if you don't spot a tiger, the early morning boat ride through the misty mangroves is magical. Continue with your tiger and crocodile spotting expedition till afternoon.

• Visiting the Local Villages in the Afternoon

After having lunch at the safari boat, visit one of the nearby villages in the late afternoon to get a glimpse of the local way of life. The people of the Sundarbans have adapted to the challenging environment in fascinating ways. A guided tour will introduce you to their unique fishing techniques, honey collection practices, and traditional crafts. Engage with the locals, learn about their customs, and perhaps purchase some handcrafted souvenirs. Spend the time exploring the local culture till evening before its time to get back to your resort or home stay.

• A Leisurely Evening before the Final Departure to Kolkata

The evenings are for savouring delicious snacks served by the resort staff. The cultural performances offers an additional aura of euphoria in the atmosphere.

Day 3: Bidding Farewell to the Land of Mangroves

As your weekend adventure draws to a close, it's time to head back to Godkhali and then to Canning. Board your boat for the return journey, soaking in the last views of the enchanting Sundarbans. From Canning, drive to Kolkata or take a train back to Sealdah, carrying with you a bagful of unforgettable memories of your trip.