Travel Information : Sunderban National Park

The Sunderbans, renowned for wildlife tourism in India, beckons enthusiasts and tiger admirers worldwide. As the largest mangrove swamp globally, it hosts the Royal Bengal Tigers and diverse wildlife, alongside a rich array of aquatic and avian species. Despite its coastal and swampy terrain, accessing the Sunderbans is convenient due to its popularity. Travelers can take regular trains from Sealdah to Canning, covering the journey in about one and a half hours. At Canning, private taxis or shared vans are available to transport visitors to Godhkhali Jetty, the starting point for boat cruises into the Sunderbans.

The West Bengal tourism department has ensured well-connected roadways and waterways, linking Sunderbans National Park to nearby towns. Travelers have the option of air, rail, or road transport to reach Godkhali Port, the embarkation point for Sunderbans tours. Exploring the Sunderbans primarily involves water transport, with small or large boats departing from Godkhali Port for wildlife expeditions.

Detailed information for reaching Sunderbans through different transport modes

By Air: The nearest airport is Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata, located 120 km from Godkhali Port. After arriving at the airport, one can hire a taxi or cab for a 3-hour road journey to Godkhali.

By Train: The closest major railway station is Sealdah Railway Station, while the nearest local station is Canning Railway Station. Sealdah Railway Station is well-connected to various cities in India. Travelers can reach Canning from Sealdah via local trains, taking around one and a half hours. From Canning, private taxis or shared public transport can be used to reach Godkhali, the entry point for Sunderbans.

By Road: Visitors opting for road travel can take public transport or hire private taxis from Kolkata to Canning and further from Canning to Godkhali. The road distance between Kolkata and Godkhali is approximately 120 km, with Canning being about 64 km away. Hiring a taxi is recommended due to crowded public transport. At Godkhali, boats are available for further exploration of the forest.

* Please note forest remain closed on Tuesday.

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