Sundarbans, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is the world’s biggest delta. Flourishing rich with wildlife, Sundarbans is a national park, biosphere reserve and tiger reserve. It is one of the largest mangrove forests in the world as well as the home to the majestic Royal Bengal Tiger. But that is not what attracted me to the Sundarbans. I was in awe of this beautiful ecosystem created by nature. For me, Sundarbans is the land of intrigue and limitless beauty.
Mangroves are a sign of healthy ecology. They live on saline water and provide for the different fishes, animals and birds. When my jetty entered the natural environs of Sundarbans, I was amazed to see how these tidal trees cater to its people. The people of this delta region depend on water, tree and sun for running their every day needs.
The seamless Sundarbans
The nearest airport is Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Kolkata airport which is approximately 70 kms away from Canning port and then a ferry ride to Sajnekhali port is approximately 5 hours away. The other option is to reach Gosaba (approximately 95 kms from the airport) and then take the ferry from Godkhali to Sajnekhali port.
You can take the train from Sealdah to Canning Railway Station, the nearest railhead. Then opt for the ferry to Sajnekhali Port.
Drive either to Canning port or to Gosaba and choose the ferry from there.
Please note: Sundarbans is only connected through waterway and hence, boats and ferries are the lifelines.
The edge of my boat