" Far off in the red Mangroves, an alligator has heaved himself onto a hummock of grass and lies there, studying his poems."- Mary Oliver
Sundarbans is one of the biggest Mangrove forests on earth. It lies on the delta of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna streams on the Bay of Bengal. It is near the fringe of India's Sundarbans World Heritage site engraved in 1987. Sundarbans are crossed by a system of tidal conduits, swamps and little islands of salt-resistant mangrove backwoods. Sundarbans exhibit an amazing display of nature with the silence of green backwoods and its greenery, different species of animals, intriguing birds and amphibian life. Sundarbans is rich with the regular landscapes, picturesque excellence of the location.
How to Reach Sundarbans from Kolkata?
Local trains can be availed from Sealdah to Cannin. It takes one and a hour to reach there. Locally shared vans are also available from Canning to Godhkhali Jetty. From Godhkali Jetty, boats can be taken.
Sundarbans are known for their variety of fauna that includes 260 birds, the Royal Bengal tiger and many other species such as the estuarine crocodile and the Indian python. More than 50 species of reptiles and eight species of other land and water animals are known to be present in the area. The Sundarbans bolster the main populace of the Estuarine Crocodile (Salt water Crocodile) in Bangladesh, and their populace is evaluated at under two hundred.
The irresistible pulchritude of Sundarbans lies in its location and natural surroundings. Sundarbans is synonymous to wandering streams, waterways, creeks and estuaries. Sundarbans is the characteristic habitat of the Royal Bengal Tiger, crocodiles, jungle fowl,spotted deer, wild hog, and an incalculable mixed bag of wonderful birds. Siberian ducks fly and arrive during migratory period.
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Tiger assaults in the Sundarbans are assessed to kill almost 50 individuals per year. The Sundarbans is the habitat of Bengal tigers. Precautionary measures are taken by local people and government authorities to counteract tiger assaults. People say that the water's saltiness around there has placed them in a condition of constant uneasiness, driving the tigers to be extremely aggressive. It is also believed that the tigers find it extremely troublesome to hunt animals because of the constant high and low tides. People go through the Sundarbans on boats for collecting nectar and fishing, making for simple prey. The locals say that when they go to work, the tigers misinterpret them for a regular prey and attack.Over the years, the tigers have gained a "taste" for the human blood. This is the result of the ideal disguise of the tiger and the thick mangrove swamps frames a considerable fortification in which the tiger rules.The fishermen and the local population perform prayers and rituals for the forest Goddess, Bonbibi before setting out on endeavors
The mugger crocodile is found all through the Sundarbans. Alongwith the mugger crocodile, the other two types are salt water crocodile and the ghariyals. Salt water crocodiles are intense. Tigers cross rivers in the Sundarbans and a crocodile in water is most likely a great deal more intense than a tiger. The Mugger crocodile is a huge crocodile. Being a huge reptile, it eats fish, other reptiles and other small mammals. Most vertebrates that way to drink water are potential preys, and may endure being dragged into the water to be suffocated and devoured.
" If they breathe, they live...
If they live, they feel...
If they feel, they love
If they love, they are aware
If they are aware, they have a soul..." - Anthony Douglas Williams
"Animals should not require our permission to live. They came love before we arrived."
One must experience the wilderness to understand the Sundarbans