Visiting the Sundarbans

When & How to Visit the Sundarbans Forest Reserve and Protected Areas

The largest mangrove forest in the world is a mist-shrouded, river-riddled swamp region of shifting tides,  tigers and off-the-beaten-track adventure. It's surrounded on three sides by two of the most densely populated countries on earth, India and Bangladesh. Yet it remains wild, remote, and surprisingly untouched. Boating along its river channels into its swampy heart is as thrilling as it is serene.

When to Visit the Sundarbans?

The Sundarbans Reserved Forest is a year-round destination, however during the rainy months of June to August, the Reserved Forest is closed to visitors. While the forest remains off-limits during this time, Eco-cottages remain open year-round and offer accommodation options for tourists to explore nearby villages and attractions. The dry season, spanning from October to March, witnesses a surge in tourist activity, coinciding with events like the Rash Mela in November, a vibrant Hindu festival celebrated on Dubla Island during the full moon. Additionally, the thrilling honey hunting expeditions with Mowals occur from March/April to May/June, showcasing the rich traditions of the region. As the Forest Department, NGOs, and stakeholders mark the start of the honey collection season with a ceremonial inauguration in Satkhira's Burigoalini Range Office, visitors have the chance to witness this unique cultural event. For the best experience, plan your visit between October and March, when the weather is most favorable, offering ideal conditions for exploring the Sundarbans and encountering its diverse wildlife.

How to Visit the Sundarbans?

Dipping in on a day trip gives visitors a great taste of the dynamic mangrove forest. However, to delve deep into the forest, a three or four day boat trip will ensure extraordinary experiences and beautiful forest serenity. On an overnight boat tour visitors will sleep onboard at night and adventure during the day — tracking tigers, birdwatching, and culture seeking. Most boat tours will start in Khulna City, just a few hours drive from Mongla, a Sundarban's access town, and travel south as far as Kotka, a deserted mangrove beach on the Bay of Bengal, before working their way back to Khulna.

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Where to Stay

Whether you're venturing to the Sundarbans for a few nights or an extended stay, there are many options when it comes to accommodation ranging from budget hotels to liveaboard experiences to luxury stays. City hotels provide easy access to the Sundarbans for visitors in transit or those making day trips into the Sundarbans. For those seeking a more immersive and authentic experience of the Sundarbans, accommodation at an EcoVillage is a great option. EcoVillages are located in the peripheral areas of the Sundarbans and provide visitors easy access to many natural sites and optional cultural activities while promoting long-term sustainability through the EcoVillage model. For visitors with more time on their hands, a liveaboard boat experience is a must. Experiences on Sundarbans' liveaboards vary in price and amenities included but offer the unique opportunity to venture deep into the Sundarbans. Visitors have many accommodation options depending on taste, timeframe, and budget.

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