Sundarbans Tour, Sundarbans Travel Guide
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Sundarbans Travel Guide, Weekend trip to Sundarbans
Sundarbans located at the extreme south in the state of West Bengal, the largest single block of mangrove forest is identified as Sundarbans. The name implies 'Beautiful jungle', derived from the plantations of the famous 'Sundari', trees. Placed at the mouth of Ganges in the map, geographically the forest is located between 25.767 degrees latitude and 88.717 degrees longitude. The total area covered is 10,000 square kilometres, majority of which falls in Bangladesh. Home to a large number of wild species, the forest is famous sharing a complex ecosystem, hosting natural flora and fauna of various types.
Sundarbans declared as an UNESCO heritage site, the forest has been declared as reserve forest, in the year 1865. The forest provides shelter to at least 120 species of commercially important fishes, 270 species of birds, 42 species of mammals, 35 reptiles and eight amphibian species, few of which are becoming extinct in other parts of the globe. The forest is one of the largest reserves of Royal Bengal Tigers.
Sundarbans located at a distance of 112 Kms from Kolkata approximately, the forest is connected by rail and road directly. Nearest rail station is Canning, from which there is road connectivity, followed by water transport to Basanti or Sonakhali.
Excellent road network is available from Kolkata which directly links Namkhana, Raidighi, Sonakhali and Najat. The interiors of the forest which hosts the tiger reserve, is accessible through waterways.
The total land area of the forest is 4143 square kilometres approximately and the remaining water area which is about 1874 square kilometers is nudged by rivers, small streams and canals.
Industrial and employment base is primarily dependent on Fisheries, Mangrove plantation, Farm forestry, and other such cottage and small scale industries. Human habitation is more than 3.5 million approximately, with 1030 females per 1000 males.
Locations worth visiting include, Bhagabatpur Crocodile Project, Netidhopani, Halliday Island, Gosaba forest, Kanak, and Piyali.
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