Khulna division is in the southwest part of Bangladesh
has an area of 22274 sq. km and a population of 14.47
million. There are 10 districts and 28 municipalities
under Khulna. It has the world's biggest mangrove forest,
the Sundarbans. In Khulna town you can visit Khulna
Museum and Zoo.
Main tourist spots in Khulna
is the world biggest mangrove forest. In Bangladesh
tourism, Sunderban plays the most vital role. A large
number of foreigners come to Bangladesh every year only
to visit this unique mangrove forest. Besides, local
tourists also go to visit Sundarban every year. The
area of great Sundarban is approximately 6000 sq. km.
Information about Sudarbans:
Nearly 2400 sq. miles or 6000 sq. km.
LIMITS: North-Bagerhat, Khulna and Sathkira districts
: South-Bay of Bengal; East-Baleswar (or Haringhata)
river, Perojpur, Barisal district, and West-Raimangal
and Hariabhanga rivers which partially form Bangladesh
boundary with West Bengal in India.
ATTRACTIONS: Wildlife photography including photography
of the famous Royal Bengal Tiger, wildlife viewing,
boating inside the forest will call recordings, nature
study, meeting fishermen, wood-cutters and honey-collectors,
peace and tranquility in the wilderness, seeing the
world's largest mangrove forest and the revering beauty.
[Dears at Sundarban]
Sundarbans are the largest littoral mangrove belt
in the world, stretching 80km (50mi) into the
Bangladeshi hinterland from the coast. The forests
aren't just mangrove swamps though; they include
some of the last remaining stands of the mighty
jungles, which once covered the Gangetic plain.
Sundarbans cover an area of 38,500 sq km, of which about
one-third is covered in water.
1966 the Sunderbans have been a wildlife sanctuary,
and it is estimated that there are now 400 Royal
Bengal tigers and about 30,000 spotted deer in
is home to many different species of birds, mammals,
insects, reptiles and fishes. Over 120 species
of fish and over 260 species of birds
[Sundarban - Royal Bengal
have been recorded in the Sundarbans. The Gangetic River
Dolphin (Platanista gangeticus) is common in the rivers.
No less than 50 species of reptiles and eight species
of amphibians are known to occur. The Sundarbans now
support the only population of the Estuarine, or Salt-Water
Crocodile (Crocodiles paresis) in Bangladesh, and that
population is estimated at less than two hundred individuals
land and water meet in many novel fashions, Wildlife
presents many a spectacle. No wonder, you may come across
a Royal Bengal Tiger swimming across the streams or
the crocodiles basking on the riverbanks.
[Wild Monkyes at Sundarban]
the approach of the evening herds of deer make
for the darking glades where boisterous monkeys
shower Keora leaves from above for sumptuous meal
for the former. For the botanist, the lover of
nature, the poet and the painter this land provides
a variety of wonder for which they all crave.
Sundarban's beauty lies in its unique natural
surrounding. Thousands of meandering streams, creeks,
rivers and estuaries have enhanced its charm. Sundarbans
meaning beautiful forest is the natural habitat of the
world famous Royal Bengal Tiger, spotted deer, crocodiles,
jungle fowl, wild boar, lizards, theses monkey and an
innumerable variety of beautiful birds. Migratory flock
of Siberian ducks flying over thousands of sail boats
loaded with timber, golpatta (round-leaf), fuel wood,
honey, shell and fish further add to the serene natural
beauty of the Sundarbans.
is indeed a land for the sportsmen, the anglers
and the photographers with its abundance of game,
big and small, crocodile, wild boar, deer, pythons,
wild-birds and above all the Royal Bengal Tiger,
cunning, ruthless and yet majestic and graceful,
For the less adventurously inclined, there are
ducks and snipes,
[Wild Orchid Garden at Kotka,
and coots, yellow-lags and sandpipers. It is also the
land for the holiday makers who desire to rest
or wander around at will to refresh their mind and feast
their eyes with the rich treasure that nature has so
of Communication: Water transport is the only means
of communication for visiting the Sundarbans from Khulna
or Mongla Port. Private motor launch, speedboats, country
boats as well as mechanized vessel of Mongla Port Authority
might be hired for the purpose. From Dhaka visitors
may travel by air, road or rocket steamer to Khulna
- the gateway to the Sundarbans. You can start journey
from Dhaka to Khulna by road or by river.
The quickest mode is by air from Dhaka to Jessore and
then to Khulna by road.
time: It varies depending on tides against or in
favor in the river. Usually it takes 6 to 10 hours journey
by motor vessel from Mongla to Hiron Point or Katka.
SPOTS: The main tourist spots in Sundarban are Karamjol,
Katka, Kochikhali, Hiron point and Mandarbaria. Hiron
Point (Nilkamal) for tiger, deer, monkey, crocodiles,
birds and natural beauty. Katka for deer, tiger, crocodiles,
varieties of birds and monkey, morning and evening symphony
of wild fowls. Vast expanse of grassy meadows running
from Katka to Kachikhali (Tiger Point) provides opportunities
for wild tracking.
Tin Kona Island for tiger and deer.
(Island) for fishermen. It is a beautiful island where
herds of spotted deer are often seen to graze.
is one of Heritage sites in Sunderban. In
Katka there is a wooden watching tower of 40
ft. high from where you can enjoy the scenic
beauty of Sundarban. A beautiful sea beach is
there is Katka; you will enjoy while you are
walking to go the beach from the watching tower.
Verities birds are visible in Katka.
is another tourist spot in Sunderban. It is called the
world heritage state. You can enjoy the beauty of wild
nature and dotted dears walking and running in Hiron
are also two other Heritage side in Sunderban; one is
Kochikhali and the other is Mandarbaria where you will
find dears and birds. If you are lucky you can see the
Great Royal Bengal Tiger, but for sure you can at least
see the stepping of Great Royal Bengal Tiger here and
there in these spots.
is a forest station for the Rangers. Here you can see
a dear breeding center. To visit Sunderban you need
to go there with a guide and it is even better if you
go there with a group. You can stay two/three days in
Sunderban depending on your desire and requirements.
One-day tour is not enough for Sundarban as you will
not be able to see the nature in haste. For one-day
tour you can go up to Karamjol and at a glance visit
the outer portion of Sunderban forest areas.
your Sunderban tour you will be able to see a
lots of verities birds (a heaven for the bird
watchers), can watch the fishing in the river
by the fishermen, if you wish you can ask your
tour operator to give a stopover in the fishermen
villages to watch their lifestyle, see lots of
animals like monkeys, various types Dears, foxes,
Snakes and if you are lucky person you will be able
to see the greatest mystery of Sunderban The Royal
Bengal Tiger. Sunderban is one of main sources to collect
pure honey. You should not forget to buy some pure honey.
Another inexpressible and unforgettable beauty you can
enjoy if you can match your timing of tour in full moon.
In the full moon the nights in Sunderban could be one
of the most memorable nights for your whole life.
necessary Information about Sundarban Tour:
Permission: Prior permission must be obtained through
written application from the Divisional Forest Office,
Circuit House Road, Khulna (Phone 20665, 211731) to
visit the Sundarbans. Required entrance fees for visitors,
vessel or boat payable at the relevant forest station/range
for Commercial Photography:
Movie Tk. 5,000.00 per role exposed
Video Tk. 4,000.00 per Cassette
Still Tk. 1,000.00 per role exposed
Tours: To feel the beauty of Sunderban you will
have to go inside Sunderban & visit at least the
most common tourist spots of Sunderban, specially the
four-heritage side of Katka, Hiron point, Mandarbaria
& Kachikhali. It will require minimum two nights
stay in Sunderban to visit these spots and if you are
in a group you can ask your tour operator to make it
three, four or five night tour package as per your desire
ness to invent the real beauty of Sunderban in your
Package tour program. In Sunderban visit, all
the way you will have to go by tourist launch and spend
your night also in the launch as no hotel or motel facilities
are available there inside of Sunderban. In this tour
your foods and water will be supplied from the tourist
launch only. So to visit the great Sundarban you will
have to decide in advance how many days you want to
spent in Sunderban accordingly your tour operator
will arrange and preserve year foods and water. Tour
operators offers all-inclusive guided package fours
from Dhaka to Sundarbans and return during the tourist
season (October to March).
Climate in the Sundarbans is moderate. Air is humid.
Full monsoon is from June to September. The annual rainfall
average between 65" and 70". During ebb tide
the forest becomes bare by 6-7 feet and at high tide
(30 miles and hour) the entire territory of the forest
floats on water.
in Forest: Only means of transportation inside the
forest is boat. There is no road, no trail of a path
anywhere. The woodcutters make temporary dwellings at
the edge of the forest at a height of 8-10 feet for
fear of wild animals others live on boats. In the chandpai
region it is fascinating to see the nomadic fishermen
(living with families on boats) catching fish with the
help of trained offers. Exciting activities take place
in Dublar Char in the forest where fishermen from Chittagong
gather for four months (mid Oct. to mid Feb.) to catch
and dry fish. But the most daring and exciting of all
activities is presented by the honey-collectors who
work in groups for just two months (April-May) and it
is interesting to see how they locate a hive and then
and Fauna: The Sundarbans is endowed by nature with
rich flora and fauna. It is a wonderful place to see
or to shoot a Royal Bengal Tiger with Camera if one
has the time to wait in the forest. There are a good
number of tigers in the Sundarbans. Lovely spotted deer
are easy to find. Besides there are a wide variety of
wildlife for which the Sundarbans is so famous.
to the Forest: Permission from the Division Forest
Officer, Khulna is required to visit to the forest.
Cholera vaccine is to be taken well in advance. Anti-malarial,
anti-diarrhoeal, insect repellent cream, drinking water,
green coconuts, medical kit, light tropical dress, thick
rubber soled boots etc. are to be carried with the tourist.
It will be wise to take the help of an experienced guide
to make the journey fruitful.
season & Shooting: Best time to visit the Sundarbans
is from November to March. Exciting honey collection
season is during April-May. Hunting is prohibited by
law in the country for the preservation of wildlife.
Certain species of birds, however, can be shot with
prior permission of the Divisional Forest Officer, Khulna.
N.B: Special notes to the tourist to remember
again - do not go in side of the forest without your
guide and proper securities while your are in Sunderban.