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Sundarban is a nature's school for the Eco-tourists. Though Bengal Tiger is the flag ship species of this unique mangrove Forest , it also offers many other wonders of the nature to the visitors. Seeing a Bengal tiger in this 4200 sq km of dense mangroves, where visitors have only access to water ways, has a chance of one in thousands. Thanks to the shyness and cautious attitude of this magnificent animal, it has survived the bullets and trap nets of poachers in this most difficult terrain, over the ages. However, the more curious spotted deer out on the mud flat for grazing during low tide, the lazy estuarine crocodiles basking in the winter sun, the water monitor lizards moving like the fabled dragons and the avifauna like kingfisher, adjutant stork or white-bellied eagles are common sights for the nature lovers. The nature's magic of high tide-low tide, the Mangrove species like Rhizophores having stilt roots, or Pneumatophores having breathing roots, or Phoenix (Golpata) providing perfect camouflage for the tigers, teach the tourists about Nature's determination to survive and sustain. The pre-historic Mud-skipper or many species of crabs, fish and oysters/mollusks can make the visitors enthralled. And a nature's trail at Burir dabri camp, glorious Sunrise at Kalash, or enchanting Sunset in the Sundarban Tiger Reserve can be a "Joy for ever".

Eco-tourism destinations and access

The entry point to Sunderban Tiger Reserve is either Sonakhali via Canning, or Bagna via Dhamakhali. For visiting South 24 Parganas Forest Division, on the western part of river Matla, the entry points are Namkhana, Raidighi or Jharkhali via Canning/Basanti.. Entry Permits are available at Canning, Sonakhali and Bagna for STR and at Canning, Namkhana and Raidighi for Western part of Sunderban Forest . The Eco-tourism Centres are located at Sajnekhali, Dobanki, Netidhopani and Burir Dabri in STR, and at Bonie camp(Sundarikati), Bhagabatpore Crocodile Project, Lothian Island sanctuary and Kalash beach. There are two Nature Interpretation Centres located at Sajnekhali and Bhagabatpore, and one Eco museum at Sudarikati. The Canopy walk at Dobanki, the mangrove trail at Burirdabri and the tallest Watch Tower at Bonie camp are added attractions for the Eco-tourists.

And there is Sundarban Biosphere Resource Information Centre (SBRIC) located in Aranya Bhawan, Salt Lake at Kolkata which all the visitors must visit before visiting Sundarban.



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