The beauty of Sundarban National Park can only be experienced by embarking on a boat safari. One has to explore the park by cruising from island to island as the entire area is submerged. The duration of the boat cruises vary from 2 hours to 11 hours depending on the cruise you book.
To get entry into the park, it is essential for Indian nationals to carry a government approved identity card with picture and address such as Aadhaar, Voter ID, Driving Licence (PAN Card is not acceptable) for all travellers including children.
Foreign Nationals need to carry their original passport with Visa copy. These documents have to be produced in original to obtain the forest entry permit from Sajnekhali Forest Office.
Sunderban Tiger Camp runs 2 Motor Boats (MB Jai Bhavani, MB Jungle King) and One Motor Vehicle (MV Oceanus, the luxury cruiser with accommodation onboard). All the boats are equipped with western toilets, life jackets and life buoys, first aid kit, a kitchen, trained staff, comfortable seating, sun and rain shade.
We have partnered with local boat owners to hire their boats for private cruises. These boats meet our and the local boat associations approval. This helps in terms of generating employment for the locals and prevents them from engaging in poaching and other illegal activities. They become active participants in the conservation efforts of the resort and the Forest Department.
Guests are escorted from the resort to the boat docks (Waxpol Ghat) at Dayapur Island. On board, our boatmen and the forest guide navigate their way through the creeks and rivers and stop at designated watch towers, which offer the best opportunity to catch a glimpse of the local flora, fauna, avifauna and reptiles.
Estuarine crocodiles, Spotted deer, the Brahminy Kite, Brown Winged Kingfisher, Jungle Cat, Fishing Cat as well as Water Monitor lizards are very often sighted from the watchtower. If you are lucky, you may see the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger.
Sajnekhali Watch Tower is located about 15 minutes from the Sundarbans Tiger Camp by boat. It is also the Head Office of the Forest Department. Permission to enter the Sundarban Tiger Reserve is required to be obtained from here. The Mangrove Interpretation Centre, a Bono Bibi Temple as well as a Crocodile Park are located in the Sajnekhali watchtower complex. Bird watchers can see seven colourful species of the Kingfisher, White Bellied Sea Eagle, Plovers, Lapwings, Curfews, Whimbrel, Sandpipers and the occasional Pelican. This watchtower has a capacity to host 20 persons at a time.
The Cruise starts at 7am and is for a duration of 2 hours.
Sudhanyakhali Watch Tower is one of the better watchtowers for wildlife sighting. There is a sweet water pond made by the forest department, where animals come to drink water. There are stretches of land behind the pond which are bereft of vegetation. Observation lines have been cut out that allow visitors to see wildlife from a distance. Axis deers, wild boars, crocodiles and the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger can be seen from this watchtower.
The Cruise starts at 7am and is for a duration of approximately 3 hours.
There is a tiger rehabilitation centre at Jharkhali Watch Tower, which attracts a lot of visitors.
The Cruise starts at 7am and is for a duration of approximately 4 hours.
Dobanki Watch Tower has a Canopy Walk that offers a unique vantage point to observe wildlife. This Canopy Walk is about half a kilometre long and at a height of about 20 ft from the ground. There is also a sweet water pond where Spotted deer as well as Brahminy Kites are very often sighted apart from the tigers.
The Cruise starts from 7am and is for a duration of approximately 6 hours.
Netidhopani Watch Tower offers visitors a view of the ruins of a 400 year old Shiva Temple. It is also believed that there is a road on the extreme right of the forest which was built by King Pratapaditya to guard the coastal area from the invading Mughals. It is now covered with earth. There is also a sweet water pond. This watchtower has a capacity to host 20 persons at a time.
The Cruise starts from 7am and is for a duration of approximately 8 hours.
Burirdabri is renowned for its watchtower and a mud walk & mangrove cage trail that leads to the Raimongal Viewpoint. Guests have to walk on wooden bridges that lead to the mud walk enclosed in a cage. The walk culminates at a wooden watchtower that offers views of the Bangladesh Sundarbans. The ground fauna consisting of telescopic snails, varieties of crabs and mollusca can be observed closely during the mud walk. The watchtower has a capacity to host 10 people at a time.
The Cruise starts from 7am and is a full day cruise till 6pm.
*The picturesque landscape and the variety of birds (Bird list) that inhabit Sundarbans National Park are the ideal settings for photographers to capture the raw, natural beauty of the park. It is advisable to carry a pillow or stabiliser as the boats move due to the tidal change (Twice a day the whole forest sinks due to diurnal tide. Low tide and high tide determine what time one can venture to certain parts of the park.)
What is included in the price:
- Welcome drink of tender coconut water is served upon arrival at the Gothkhali Jetty.
- Tea/Coffee served with biscuits during the morning and afternoon cruise.
- Breakfast is served during the cruise from the second day onwards.
- Lunch is served on the boat for guests who book the Netidopani/Burirdabri cruise or if the guest requests to be in the park from morning 7am till sunset.
- A la carte meals can be ordered for private cruises. The menu can be discussed with the guest a day in advance.
- Cold drinks/ extra beverages will be made available as per requests.
- Camera Charges have to be paid directly to the Forest Department on Day of Arrival for obtaining the camera permit.
- Forest Guide: If a guest wishes to retain the services of the same guide for all the days they embark on cruises, a supplemental fee that amounts to one day’s charges will be levied as per the Forest Guides Association.