Sundarbans National Park
Declared National Park on May 4th, 1984, The Sundarbans appears deep green from satellite image. The forest is house to more than 400 tigers that are Royal Bengal Tigers with a exclusive characteristic of swimming in the salty waters. These tigers are world famous for their man-eating tendencies.
The Sundarbans National Park is preserved under supervision of The Directorate of Forest of the Government of West Bengal and receives financial help from the State Government as well as the Ministry of Environment and Forests, India. There are seven main rivers and all of them have a southward course towards the sea. The natural coastal ecosystem of this World Heritage Site is under threat of physical disaster due to unscientific and excessive human interferences making an environmental management plan for safeguarding this unique coastal ecology urgent.
The national park covers 10,000 km square of land and water in the Ganges delta. The park experiences minimum and maximum temperature of 20 °C and 48 °C. Rainfall in area is heavy with high humidity, up to 80% because of being close to the Bay of Bengal. The site lies south-east of Calcutta and forms part of the Gangetic Delta, bordering on the Bay of Bengal. The land is constantly being changed and shaped by the action of the tides and the accelerated discharge of silt from seawater. Dum Dum, 166 km away is the nearest airport at Kolkata while nearest railway station to Sundarbans National Park is at Canning, 48 km away.