Sundarbans

Sundarbans

Sundarbans

World’s largest coastal mangrove forest ; UNESCO World Heritage site.

Sundarbans is the world’s largest coastal mangrove forest. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its bio diversity and unique landscape.
This unique landscape of the Sundarbans also inspires the folk traditions of this land. Banbibir Pala is synonymous with this land. It is a mythological play that has a storyline revolving around the man-animal conflict in the jungles. It is about Bon Bibi, the local deity and her supremacy as the saviour goddess of the forest. The musical tradition of Bhatiyali songs is inspired by the mystic rivers and the lives of the river boatmen. The Jhumur song and dance tradition is also lifestyle music that resonates through time. It is a land of unique experiences, both nature and culture wise. Know More »

How to reach?

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Canning is located at 1.5 hours distance by train from Sealdah. Canning to Gadkhali is 29 km, which takes about an hour. After crossing the river at Gadkhali, there comes Gosaba. From Gosaba to Pakhiralay it will take 45 minutes by auto rickshaw. Godkhali to Pakhiralay boat available. Kolkata to Pakhiralay is 4 hours journey. Parking available at Godkhali.

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Where to stay

Where to stay?

Mainak lodge/ Badabon/ Gulshan at Pakhiralay (Puranjan 9732820530), Sunderban Tiger Safari at Sonagaon (9874459647), Sundarban Mangrove Retreat at Jamespur (Samir 9051212225), Sundarban J D Camp at Bali (9775517654). WBTDC's Matla Tourism Property at Sajnekhali is quite well known. A lot of home stays are also there at Jharkhali.

Special Attraction

The artists collective of Sundarban celebrate their annual village fair 'Sundarban Folk Festival'. One can also enjoy the traditional performing arts at this festival in the end of December.
This is an opportunity for visitors to witness the local folk artists presenting Banbibir Pala, Jhumur and Bhatiyali along with folk artists from other regions of Bengal.