The Sundarbans, a World Heritage Site, have continuously evolved into amazing people all around the globe with its immeasurable beauty and aesthetic touch, which has never been lost, even a bit.

The Sundari mangrove trees forest stands as one of the largest ones of its kind and is really stunning to look at.

We all know how the place has survived to be home to various types of flora and fauna, and even such species have been classified as endangered and critically endangered.

If you are always keen to know more about everything, especially nature and how everything works in and around it, this article will amuse you greatly.

Listed are some of the most amazing facts about the Sundarbans, which are bound to keep you shocked until you realize it.

25 Sundarban facts you must know.

Sundarban facts you must know.

Let’s glance through the 20 most amazing facts about Sundarbans! Let’s go!

  1. The Sundarbans have been recorded as the world’s largest coastal mangrove forest (about 10,000 km2. This marvelous beauty has been shared between two countries, named India (4,000 km2) and Bangladesh (6,000 km2).
  2. One of the most shocking facts is that the Sundarbans (India) alone stand as a size ten times bigger than that of the city of Venice.
  3. This site comprises 4000 sq km, and the Indian side of Sundarbans Forest has 102 islands, among which 52 are inhabited, and the rest just lay covered with forests.
  4. The Sundarbans Biosphere Reserve is one of the most distinguishing and natural resource financing, which also successfully lets it be India’s Largest Fishery Board. The reason can be attributed to the presence of brackish water fish production and marine fishes.
  5. Every forest corner can be visited and accessed through several boats and ferries facilities. This greatly encourages more tourists and visitors to come and bless their eyes with the mesmerizing beauty of the location throughout.
  6. Gosaba found right from where the forest reserve starts getting dense, is the biggest (13 feet above sea level) and last inhabited island on the Sundarbans (Indian portion).
  7. The Gosaba island has its own panchayat, hospitals, schools, local self-governance, and many more.
  8. The Sundarbans have been seen to encounter a unique tidal happening twice a day — high tides are witnessed when the water level has been seen to elevate to about 6-10 feet, and low tides when one can notice a large dump of mud land lying flat in that area.
  9. The Sundarban Jungle has been named after the large mangrove trees, Sundari (Heritiera littoralis). Sundar means beautiful, and bans mean Jungle; hence, Sundarbans.
  10. The famous Sundarban Tiger Reserve has been approximately calculated to have 400 majestic and fiery Royal Bengal Tigers. If thought rationally, that’s a huge number to consider and gives tourists enough reasons to visit this wonderful on Earth.
  11. The renowned phytoplanktons (the tiny microorganisms) are not ones to be missed out on and can be seen quite often here and there. These microorganisms function to reflect light on the dark new moon. A night safari in the Sundarbans can prove to be a great decision to consider.
  12. It is quite shocking to know that to stay in the Sundarbans, you shall require special permissions from the Forest Range Officers of that area.
  13. A tragic incident caused by Cyclone Sidr damaged 40% of the Sundarbans in 2007. This deadly calamity ended up causing havoc changes in the agricultural lands of Sundarbans with salty water. This caused the villagers to consume almost 2-3 years to practice agriculture again.
  14. However, after such an incident, the local people had taken up the motive to set up dikes to prevent the high tide waters from entering the village, which could save the villagers against any other large future destruction.
  15. The Sundarbans had been declared as a core area of the Sundarbans Tiger Reserve in the year 1973, as a National Park on 4th May 1989. Furthermore, you’ll be quite delighted to know that it has recently been considered among the finalists in the New Seven Wonders of Nature listings.
  16. Now, sit back for a moment and try to realize what you’re missing out on if you have not visited the heavenly place yet.
  17. The human population density of the Sundarban Jungle (1,000 person sq km) is equivalent to 1,029 sq km of West Bengal.
  18. The report states, “Building resilience for sustainable development of Sundarbans, the population tends to grow and exert greater pressure due to high birth rates and migration inflows.”
  19. Authors have written numerous novels with the Sundarbans as the setting of the stories and concentrating chiefly on the lifestyle and daily activities of the villagers and fishermen around that area.
  20. Some of the books include Sundarbane Arjan Sardar by Shib Sankar Mitra, The Mystery of the Black Jungle by Emilio Salgari, and Padma Nadir Majhi by Manik Bandopadhyay.
  21. Additionally, the Booker Prize-winning novel, Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie and the Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh also considered Sundarbans the prime setting in their masterpieces.
  22. There is a village in the Sundarbans named ‘Widow Village.’ The reason behind giving such a name is the tigers. As far back in history, most families have lost their family members to some man-eating tigers. Such tragic events led them to name the village so.
  23. Even though the best time for visiting the Sundarbans stands from October to February, the place remains open for visitors all year around the globe.
  24. In the Sundarbans, the tides had a huge impact on the land, leading to about one-third of the land disappearing and reappearing daily.
  25. The Sundarbans have sadly lost about one-third of their original size by now.

Here comes the end to 20 such facts, which are quite unknown to the crowd. Even you were amazed by some of them, wasn’t it?

Places near Sundarban to visit!

Now that you’re already planning to visit Sundarbans, it would be a great idea to take a short tour to some other splendid places near it as well. Check out this list of some sites that will amaze you as greatly as the Sundarbans!

  • Shantiniketan

The place where the great poet Rabindranath Tagore used to reside has some remarkable paintings, sculptures, manuscripts, and murals. December is the best time to visit the place because the Poush Mela is held annually.

  • Kolkata.

Kolkata, formerly known as Calcutta, has some British Raj buildings, historical places, and colleges from the earliest of times. Howrah Bridge, Indian Museum, Victoria Memorial, and Marble Palace happen to be some of the exciting attractions to visit.

  • Siliguri

Siliguri is a beautiful West Bengal hill station with famous tea gardens and forests. You can find a wide range of sanctuaries and parks here.

  • Hooghly.

Hooghly is a district in West Bengal home to various historical sites and buildings built during the British raj period. The architecture found in the buildings is worth admiring. Some attractions are Hooghly Imambara, Tarekeshwar Temple, Hangseshwari Temple, and more.

Final Thoughts.

The Sundarbans have continued to remain as a site for all the visitors around the world, which amused and caused even greater curiosity to know about.

The more information one gets to know about the place, the strong the will elevates to know even more.

Sundarbans are a perfect match for you to spend about 2-3 days at, or even more. Every description seems less when talking about such a place that is so popular everywhere.

You can plan for a Sundarban tour by yourself or contact a travel agency to get you a Sundarban tour package. If you plan to spend your weekends at Sundarban, ask us for a 2 days and 1 night package.

You should definitely not miss out on visiting such a place that is talked about so greatly by everyone!

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