Situated at the mouth of the great Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers, the world's largest continuous mangrove forest, Sundarban, is shared by India and Bangladesh. The forest covers 10,000 sq kilometers of the delta, two-thirds of this lies within Bangladesh's borders.
About a third of the Sundarban Forest area is covered by a complex network of tidal creeks, mudflats and small islands, and the entire forest is subject to tidal inundation.
Sundarban, Bangladesh's only protection against tidal surges and annual cyclones has the highest biodiversity of any mangrove forest in the world. Besides the large variety in flora, the faunal diversity is amazing:
Sundarban Forest is the world's only mangrove inhabited by a sustainable number of Royal Bengal Tigers.
Among the 32 species of mammals recorded, the most commonly seen are rhesus macaque, wild boar, otters, and spotted deer.
Four species of dolphins have been recorded in the Sundarban waterways: Ganges River
dolphin, Irrawaddy dolphin, Indo-Pacific hump-backed dolphin and the finless porpoise.
here, including 9 species of kingfishers, lesser adjutant, white-bellied sea eagle, masked fin foot and the prized mangrove pitta.
All travel in Sundarban is boat-based. Our tours operate out of Khulna, Mongla or Dhaka. The closest airport is Jessore, with regular shuttle service to Khulna. Bus service between Dhaka and Khulna is available.
Permission from the Forest Department is required for all visitors. If you visit the forest with Green Holidays.we will take care of all the necessary paperwork.
The Sundarban Forest offers visitors spectacular sights and experiences all year round. October to February (winter), when the sun is mild and pleasant, is generally considered the best season for visiting. The marine zone can be visited only in winter.
From March to May (summer) and May to October (monsoon) temperatures and humidity are high, increasing chances for sighting snakes and nesting activities in the lush green vegetation
The Sundarban Forest is a diverse and complex ecosys-tem, influenced by fresh-water inflow, proximity to the Bay of Bengal and human activities. In the south eastern part, the biodiversity is highest. Due to open sea-facing meadows, wildlife visibility is best here. Therefore most of our tours visit Kotka and Kochikhali in the South East Sanctuary.
Exploring narrow creeks by silent country boat and observing wildlife up close Walking on the beautiful, unspoiled sandy beaches along the Bay of Bengal
- Trekking through the mangrove forest
- Participation in ongoing Research activities
- Presentations offered by Nature Guides
- Evening Film show
- Mud-baths and refreshing swims
- Whale and Dolphin Watching
Our itineraries are based on Khulna to Khulna travel, and include accommodation and excellent cuisine. Departure dates of our tours are announced in advance, making it easy for individuals to join on convenient dates. All our tours are accompanied by knowledgeable and experienced multi-lingual Nature Guides.
Exclusive tours for private groups, institutions and corporate bodies, which can be combined with research, onboard meetings, training sessions or workshops, can be arranged at any time.
Join our special trip to the Swatch of No-Ground, a deep underwater canyon in the Bay of Bengal. Aboard a sea-going fishing trawler we travel to the edge of the Swatch, where an amazing color-change indicates the drop-off. Here marine mammals congregate, as the food supply is plentiful. So far six dolphin and two whale species have been recorded in the coastal and off-shore waters of Bangladesh. Our current research focuses on systematically recording all cetacean sightings and related data as well as establishing a photo-data base for bottlenose dolphins. It is possible to combine this expedition with our regular Sundarban tours.
After watching the official opening ceremony of the annual Honey collection season in Burigoalini, we follow a group of Honey collectors to the western part of the forest and join their search for precious honey - a livelihood that has survived through the centuries. This is a physically demanding tour, but unique and unforgettable - A true adventure in the Land of the Tiger.
People entering the Sundarban Forest to extract forest resources, including fishermen, wood-cutters and honey collectors, pray for a safe return to Bonbibi, the local forest deity. Along the forest edge permanent shrines are built in her honor. The clay figurines are replaced and colorfully decorated once a year; a unique festive occasion with music, theaters and fairs.
(Dependent on lunar Calendar, normally beginning of November)
Dubla Island, situated at the mouth of the Holy River Ganges, is inhabited by fishermen during the winter months. They are joined by thousands of Hindu pilgrims for the annual Rash Mela, the festival of the Rash full moon. After joyous celebrations and fair activities the night before, the devotees congregate in long lines at the water’s edge in the early morning hours, holding their offerings and awaiting their blessing. This tour is a special treat for photographers and travelers interested in local traditions and festivals.
Bangladesh is situated on the cross-path of two major migratory flyways. The coastal areas, including Sundarban Forest, are important breeding, resting and feeding places for a large variety of resident and migratory birds.
This unique traditional fishing technique is only found in Bangladesh. Fishermen from the Narail/Gopalganj area breed and train their otters to increase the catch. Although they mainly work in the rivers north of the forest, they also enter the Sundarban forest. This tour will start from their home villages and follow the fishermen to Sundarban.
UNESCO-protected Bagerhat has the more ancient mosques and mausoleums than anywhere else in Bangladesh. But the main attraction is the Shait Gombuj or 60-dome mosque. Around the 60-domed mosque are three other smaller, single domed mosques namely Bibi Begni's Mosque, Chunakhola Mosque and Singar Mosque. About 2 km east of the Shait Gombuj mosque is the splendid Ronbijoypur Mosque. It has the largest dome in Bangladesh. On the western bank of the Thakur Dighi pond is the Nine-domed mosque. Just north of the 9-domed mosque is the Zinda Pir Mosque.
A popular pilgrimage site in Bagerhat is the Khan Jahan Ali's mazhar/ tomb. Khan Jahan Ali was one of the most significant supports for Islam in Bangladesh. The pond in the front has a couple of sweet water crocodiles. There is also a single-domed mosque known as the Dargah Mosque.