The Sundarbans – Tourism Info

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The Sundarbans

The Sundarbans, the single largest mangrove forest of the world, is one of the largest tourist spots in Bangladesh. Basically the extensive forest that covers the southern parts of the districts Khulna, Bagerhat, and Satkhira is very important from the viewpoint of maintaining natural balance and biodiversity. UNESCO declared this forest as the natural “World Heritage Site.” The area of the Sundarbans is about 6000 square kilometres. There are 35 species of reptiles, 400 species of fishes, 270 species of birds, 42 species of mammals, 330 species of trees, including the world famous Royal Bengal Tiger, the national animal of Bangladesh in the forest. The festivals like the annual fairs of Dublar Char and the fairs of Bonbibi are held here. Out of the tourist spots of the Sundarbans, Narikeldanga, Harbaria, Jorshing, Angtihira, Shekhertek, Kalirchar, Chandeswar, Koikhali, Malancha, Haringor, Katka, Kochi Khali, Nilkamal ( Hiron Point ), Karamjol, Tin Kona, Alor Kol, and Dublarchar are some of them. Karamjol is 10 kilometres from Mongla and nearby lies Dhangmari where lies an Eco Park. The remarkable tourist spots of the Sundarbans are Hiron Point and Katka where also lie an Eco Park and an Observation Tower. It takes about 6- 8 hours to reach the Sundarbans from Mongla. It is found that the entire Sundarbans is crisscrossed by innumerable canals. While going along the canals by any engine-driven boat or water vessel, the tourists sometimes can find many crocodiles on land basking in the sun. In addition, the free stroll of many deer and monkeys of different species will come into view. There occur opportunities for the tourists to observe the daily activities and the leading of life of the Bauali (collector of golpata, wood, timber etc. from the forest) and Maual (collector of honey from the hives in the forest), including the fishermen. Any tourist will feel thrilled and enchanted by the unique specialty/ attribute and beauty of the Garan forest.

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