It is an UNESCO World Heritage Site, covering 4264 square kms in India and the rest in Bangladesh. Mostly it is famous for the Royal Bengal Tiger which is its speciality but it also includes some rarities like the Masked Fin foot, Mangrove Pita and the Mangrove Whistler. Sundarban is a must trip for all nature lovers, forest lovers, wild animal enthusiasts, bird lovers and the gentle waves of the rivers take the beauty to another level. This trip will make you take some lifelong memories.
“A beach to yourself” is how one would describe Bakkhali. Close to Sunderbans, it is a halcyon getaway in itself. Away from the hustle bustle of the main city and located around 135 kms from Kolkata, Bakkhali comes across as a treat to its visitors. It is lined with casuarinas and one can take advantage of a mystic sunset here. Being one of the most secluded white sand beaches in India, Bakkhali boasts of a 7km long beach ending till Frasergunj.
The sea recedes nearly five kilometres everyday with the tide - a sight not to be missed. About 2 km away is Balaramgadi where the river Budhabalang meets the sea. A trip through the mouth of the meandering river on a fisherman's boat is an overwhelming experience. You will get an opportunity to watch them cast their nets and catch fishes which is a memorable experience for all tourists. Fish is especially inexpensive here so it is an attractive and exciting practise for tourists to buy different types of fishes at a low price and enjoy their meal.
Mandarmoni and Tajpur are absolutely tranquil beach and hotels are along the sea beach. As such, there is no beach side road. The 5 KM long beach itself acts as motorable road to reach many of the hotels or resorts. During high tide period in rainy season, the beach becomes inaccessible. Very high tide reaches the hotel compound.
Shankarpur is in between Mandarmoni and Digha. It is a recently developed sea beach resort. It is also a big fishing harbour. The harbour is always busy with trawlers and fishing boats. The beach is vast and flat with solid sands bordered by high sand mounds and casuarina plantation. The beach is truly calm and quite with exceptionally fewer tourist. A few good hotels & lodges, both Govt. and private, are now available here.