MAIN ATTRACTIONS: Wildlife photography including photography of the famous Royal Bengal Tiger, wildlife viewing, boating inside the forest will call recordings, nature study, meeting fishermen, wood-cutters and honey-collectors, peace and tranquility in the wilderness, seeing the world's largest mangrove forest.
Bangladesh is one of the last strongholds of the famous Royal Bengal Tiger, Elephant, the largest land mammal of the world, is found in Bangladesh forests. Extremely rare species like the White winged wood Duck, The golden Cat and the Sorrow goat are still found in our forests.
Life in Forest: Only means of transportation inside the forest is boat. There is no road, no trail of a path anywhere. The wood-cutters make temporary dwellings at the edge of the forest at a height of 8-10 feet for fear of wild animals others live on boats. In the chandpai region it is fascinating to see the nomadic fishermen (living with families on boats) catching fish with the help of trained offers. Exciting activities take place in Dublar Char in the forest where fishermen from Chittagong gather for four months (mid Oct. to mid Feb.) to catch and dry fish. But the most daring and exciting of all activities is presented by the honey-collectors who work in groups for just two months (April-May) and it is interesting to see how they locate a hive and then collect honey.
Flora and Fauna: The Sundarban is endowed by nature with rich flora and fauna. It is a wonderful place to see or to shoot a Royal Bengal Tiger with Camera if one has the time to wait in the forest. There are a good number of tigers in the Sundarban. Lovely spotted deer are easy to find. Besides there are a wide variety of wildlife for which the Sundarban is so famous.Climate:
Climate in the Sundarban is moderate. Air is humid. Full monsoon is from June to September. The annual rainfall average between 65" and 70". During ebb-tide the forest becomes bare by 6-7 feet and at high tide (30 miles and hour) the entire territory of the forest floats on water. Journey time: It varies depending on tides against or in favor in the river. Usually it takes 6 to 10 hours journey by motor vessel from Mongla to Hiron Point or Katka.
Tourist season & Shooting: Best time to visit the Sundarban 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 .FAMOUS SPOTS:
Hiron Point (Nilkamal) for tiger, deer, monkey, crocodiles, birds and natural beauty. Katka for deer, tiger, crocodiles, varieties of birds and monkey, morning and evening symphony of wild fowls. Vast expanse of grassy meadows running from Katka to Kachikhali (Tiger Point) provide opportunities for wild tracking. Tin Kona Island for tiger and deer.
Dublar Char ( Island ) for fishermen. It is a beautiful island where herds of spotted deer are often seen to graze.Hiron Point:
Comfortable three-storied Rest-House of the Mongla Port Authority. Prior booking is to be made.Entry Permission:
Prior permission must be obtained through written application from the Divisional Forest Office, Circuit House Road , Khulna (Phone 880-41-20665, 41-211731) to visit the Sundarban. Required entrance fees for visitors, vessel or boat payable at the relevant forest station/range office.Before Visit:
Cholera vaccine is to be taken well in advance. Anti-malarial, insect repellent cream, drinking water, green coconuts, medical kit, light tropical dress, thick rubber soled boots etc. are to be carried with the tourist. It will be wise to take the help of an experienced guide to make the journey fruitful.