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4 Day Enchanting Mangrove Forest, River Cruise, and Wildlife Tour in Sundarbans

Sunderban Mangrove Retreat, Jamespore Village, Satjalia Island, Sunderbans Gosaba, West Bengal, India

Wildlife Cruise Tour India

Welcome to the paradise of mangrove lovers and wildlife enthusiasts, Sundarbans National Park. To visit the mangrove forests, river-ways are the prime option. Traversing the mangroves by motor-driven boat is quite a remarkable experience to behold the flora and fauna of the area, which is completely unspoiled and very different from the more conventional wildlife parks. To provide this service, Sunderban Mangrove Retreat has fully equipped and ready to sail two exclusive motor-driven boats for your joyful river cruise.

Key information

  • Group safari
  • Group size: Minimum 2 persons, maximum 12 persons.
  • Children policy: Children from the age of 3 years old are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Starting and ending point: Godkhali Jetty.
  • Languages: English speaking guide.
  • Entry permit and forest guide charges are to be charged extra for foreign tourists.

Highlights

  • 4 days with forest safaris by an exclusive boat
  • An enchanting river cruise through dense forest and narrow creeks
  • A chance to see Royal Bengal tiger, estuarine crocodiles, spotted deer, a variety of birds
  • Visit Sajnekhali Tiger Project Area, Sudhanyakhali, Dobanki, and Burirdabri watchtowers
  • All transfer from Godkhali Jetty to the resort and back
  • 3 daily meals and high teas provided
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Visit the local village

Styles


4 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
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Accommodation

Check-out Time:
09:00

Facilities

  • Restaurant
  • Free parking

Sunderban Mangrove Retreat is located in serene and picturesque surroundings of Jamespore village in Satjalia Island, at the edges of lush mangrove forest of the Sunderbans in the southernmost fringes of West Bengal. This is a well known eco-friendly resort for mangrove lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. Eye-soothing rural surroundings, with the widespread Pichkhali riverside of this resort, delight the visitors with plenteous natural facets of biodiversity.

Sunderban Mangrove Retreat has four air-conditioned executive rooms, of which, one room has three beds, while the others are double-bedded. There also air-conditioned double-bedded cottages and ten double-bedded huts, which are non-air conditioned.

There are four ponds, full of trees and flowery plants in the premises of Sunderban Mangrove Retreat, enrich the visual aesthetics of the resort to ramble around and enjoy.

Boats

  • M. B. Mandodari: the boat has a capacity of 30 persons with five double-bedded cabins for relaxing and taking rest
  • M. B. Rajhansho, this non-air-conditioned boat has a capacity of 40 persons with five double-bedded cabins for relaxing and taking rest

Program

Day 1

  • Arrival at Godkhali Jetty
  • Departure by boat at 12:00 p.m. for Jamespore
  • Arrival at Sundarbans Mangrove Retreat, Jamespore
  • Lunch at the resort
  • Visit Jotirampur / Gaaraal followed by a sunset cruise on the river
  • Back to the resort
  • Get-together with an evening high tea
  • Dinner

Day 2

  • Bed tea
  • Breakfast at the resort or on board
  • Visit Sajnekhali Tiger Project Area, wildlife viewing from a watchtower and visit the interpretation center
  • Enchanting river cruise through dense forest and narrow creeks (Sarakkhali, Bon Bibi Bharani, Sundarkhali, Gajikhali, Chora Gajikhali, Ponchommukhani, and Pirkhali Creeks)
  • Visit Sudhanyakhali watchtower for wildlife viewing
  • Lunch on board
  • Visit Dobanki watchtower
  • Back to resort in the afternoon
  • Get-together with a high tea
  • Dinner

Day 3

  • Bed tea
  • Breakfast on board
  • Enchanting river cruise through the narrow creeks/channel or visit Burirdabri watchtower
  • Lunch on board
  • Back to resort in the afternoon
  • Get-together with an evening high tea
  • Dinner

Day 4

  • Bed tea
  • Visit the local village
  • Breakfast at the resort
  • Check out at 9:00 a.m. and transfer to Godkhali
  • Arrival at Godkhali

Location

West Bengal's Sundarbans National Park is the mangrove forest of the Sundarbans. It is situated in the vast swampy delta of two great Indian rivers, the Brahmaputra and the Ganga. It extends over a vast area of mangrove forests, swamps, and forested islands. Two eco-regions of forests are found here. Firstly, the freshwater swamp forests and secondly, the mangroves forests.

The Sundarbans ecosystem is characterized by a very dynamic atmosphere due to the effect of the tide, flooding, and salinity in water. As a result, this has a fascinating diversity of natural elements. Over 40 mammal species, over 270 bird species, over 45 reptile species, at least 11 amphibian species, over 120 fish species, an unknown number of invertebrates, and more than 330 plant species are found in this ecoregion.

Remarkable species, such as estuarine crocodile, spotted deer, wild boar, rhesus monkey, fishing cat, monitor lizard, Gangetic dolphin, and marine turtles are found there along with the flagship species, the Royal Bengal tiger.

The Sundarbans tiger population is supposed to be the largest surviving tiger population in the world. According to research, it is the homeland of around 270 Royal Bengal Tigers. The Royal Bengal Tigers are the major source of attraction in the Sundarbans Trip.

This came under the Tiger Project in 1973. Later the core area of 1,330 square kilometers was declared as the Sundarbans National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. The colorful bird life along the waterways includes species such as nine species of kingfishers, 38 species of raptors, herons, egrets, storks, sandpipers, whimbrels, curlews, gulls, terns, woodpeckers, barbets, shrikes, drongosa, mynahs, minivets, babblers, snake birds, and many others. Lucky bird watchers may catch a glimpse of masked finfoot. Besides, different species of snakes, lobsters, numerous varieties of fishes, shrimps, and varieties of colorful crabs are also found in the Sundarbans.

The Sundarbans has a wide variety of plant life too. Inside the park, there are mangrove scrub, saltwater mixed forest, littoral forest, brackish water forest, and swamp forest. The large floral population includes trees like Sundari, Hetal, Dhundal, Genwa, Garjan, Passur, and Kankara. Sundari and Gewa occur prominently throughout the area with infrequent distribution of Dhundal and Kankra. In addition to these, the tall and wide Goran trees cover a large part of the Sundarbans. Interestingly, more than half of the 50 broad mangrove categories are found in the in this eco-region.

Sundarbans is a paradise for nature lovers, as it is blessed with a very rich and interesting variety of flora and fauna and is one of the biggest assets of India. The beauty of flora and fauna of mangrove ecosystem is a delight to the tourists visiting the Sundarbans.

Distance

  • Kolkata City Center, 100 kilometers

Food

The Sunderbans is a delight for food lovers. Crabs, prawns, and a wide variety of fish are available in abundance. Many travelers visit this resort and the Sunderbans frequently for the delicious foods, other than its natural attraction.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

At Sunderban Mangrove Retreat, there are arrangements of folk-based and rural cultural programs in the evening and other activities for the tourists. Tourists can enjoy the ponds of the resort premises. Also, there is an ample scope for the bird lovers to watch a different kind of colorful birds of mangrove forest around the resort.

In the evening, there is an arrangement of folk songs by the Baulsa from a nearby locality, which gives a countryside feel of the place itself and West Bengal as well. Banbibi Yatra is another remarkable experience for tourists. It is a local theatrical presentation performed by the villagers. Banbibi, who is considered as the Jungle Goddess, is the principal deity of the Sundarbans. Before entering the forest, fishermen, woodcutters, and honey-collectors worship the Jungle Goddess and pray to her for protecting themselves from the tiger's attack or other sorts of dangers occurred in this mangrove. So, the Goddess Banbibi plays a major role in the life of the people of the Sundarbans.

The Banbibi Yatra is a story-based presentation to narrate this and also for paying homage to the Goddess. The tribal dance called "Tusu Dance" performed by the local tribal and bonfire is other attractions for the tourists to experience the tribal art forms and culture in the fire-lit evening.

What's included

  • Welcome drink on arrival at Godkhali Jetty
  • All transfer from Godkhali Jetty to the resort and back by an exclusive boat
  • Forest safaris by an exclusive boat
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • All meals on fixed menu basis from Day 1 lunch to Day 4 lunch
  • Forest entry permits (for Indian tourists)
  • Forest Department approved guide for safari (for Indian tourists)

What's not included

  • GST 5%
  • Forest entry permits (for foreign tourists)
  • Forest Department approved guide for safari (for foreign tourists)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (CCU). From the airport, you need to arrange your transportation to Godkhali Jetty, which is the gateway of Sunderban. It is located 100 kilometers from Kolkata City Center.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 3 days before arrival.
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Availability

This tour is available from mid of October to the end of June. December 21 to January 26 is the super peak season. Please send an inquiry to confirm your availability before booking.

 

Pricing information
  • An extra person with a bed: 4,000 INR per package
  • Child aged 3 to 9 years old sharing with parents: 3,750 INR per package
  • Please note that forest entry permit and forest guide charge is charged extra in case of foreign tourists.
  • Rates for exclusive customized trips will be quoted as per the requirement of the specific inquiry.

Bigger group rates are as follow:

  • For a group of 4, the prices per person are 13,650 INR in two deluxe rooms or 12,825 INR in two cottages. 
  • For a group of 6,  the prices per person are 11,380 INR in three deluxe rooms or 10,580 INR in three cottages.
  • For a group of 8,  the prices per person are 10,560 INR in four deluxe rooms or 9,700 INR in four cottages. 
  • For a group of 10,  the prices per person are 9,800 INR in five deluxe rooms or 8,975 INR in five cottages. 
  • The prices above are for rooms without air conditioning. Upgrade to the air-conditioned rooms with a supplement of 2,000 INR per room.

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