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Sundarbans is the World largest mangrove wetlands of which two – third is lands and one – third is water bodies forms of river, canal and creeks. total 6017 Sq.km in Bangladesh part only accessible by water transport which has availability of accommodation, food, security and staff to provide the service during stay inside the forest. visitors can join in the weekend package tours or rent a boat with food for 3 or 4 days from Khulna / Mongla.

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Sundarban weekend tour package

Sundarban tour only operate by boat require 3 days inside the forest to discover wildlife sanctuaries where Bay view tides mud bank of Magical mangrove living maximum species wildlife and bird life to observe from close while we expeditions by comfort vessel within 3 days.

last year a great sustainable travel writer and founder of Soul travel blog ” Ellie cleary “ visited Sundarbans with Bangladesh Expeditions and she write about the Sundarbans Eco system please read her great article about the Sundarbans —
https://soultravelblog.com/sundarbans-trip-bangladesh/

Why Sundarban is the magical wonders?

The Sundarbans world heritage sites – home to magnificent animal on land is Royal Bengal Tiger, spotted deer, wild boars, macaque, barking deer, jungle and fishing cat, otters, water monitor and snakes.

there are 290 species of birds and mostly seen are – pond heron, purple heron, egrets, cattle egrets, greater egret, open billed stork, smaller adjutant stork, brahmini kite, fish eagle, magpie robin, jungle moyna, bulbul, wood peckers, bea eater, leaf bird, 9 species of kingfisher, drongo, racket tallied drongo, rose ringed parakeet, dove, parrot, mangrove pitta, and crow.

The word Sundarban means ‘beautiful forest’. It is a immeasurable area in the Ganges delta comprising a network of 108 swampy, two-third low-lying landmass amidst one- third water bodies of 450 river, canal and creeks, mainly fresh water flows north to south direction and sediments deposited in the delta covered with enormous brackish mud flats contain 28 species true mangrove plants boast of a variety of flora and diversified faunal array to bring an unequaled diverse wildlife

Sundarban Mangrove ecosystems are of massive ecological significance which Situated mostly in southwest Bangladesh, a small portion of it lies in India. The Indian part of the forest is estimated to be about 19 percent, while the Bangladeshi part is 81 percent. Three wildlife Sanctuaries superb by sedges, legumes, algal, grasses a variety of terrestrial shrubs and Magical mangrove trees where stealthily spotted deer, Macaque and wild boar survive and ferocious Bengal tiger its roam beyond various wildlife. Its declared as a UNESCO world natural heritage site in 1997.

Every year many travelers expedition in and around of these wildlife sanctuaries and mostly viewed sites – namely – KATKA, KACHIKHALI, Dubla island and HERON POINT.

sundarbans vessel

Bangladesh Expeditions organize special interest expeditions, bird watching trip, family tour in private basis, personal demanded tours, weekend package tours and filming / research documentary on any species.

Confirm Departure: Eid holiday special trip and every Friday package tour from Khulna and Mongla ( November to March )

The Sundarbans incident four tides each day, on a six-hour round and wildlife view in the low tide than high tides.

Flora: overall 334 plants, The major tree species is Sundry which covers about 73% to total landmass and the second species is Gewa which covers about 16% of entire forest area. The plant species include 35 legumes, 29 grasses, 19 sedges, and 18 spurges,165 algal, 13 special orchids, 17 fern, 87 monocotyledon and 230 dicotyledon belonging to 245 genera and 75 families from the sundarbans and adjacent area are found available. 50 true mangrove plant species recorded throughout the globe, the Sundarbans only hold 35 species.

FISH – The Sundarban ecology supports rich fisheries diversity supports 24 species of shrimps, 8 species of lobsters, 7 species of crabs, 42 species of mollusks and 225 species of fish among them 120 species of commercially important fishes are available harvesting by the fisherman.

Avifauna – Birds is the best indication of beauty in nature. in Sundarbans 315 species have been recorded – 8 species king fisher including the common brown-winged kingfishers, Jungle red fowl and  the globally threatened lesser adjutants, masked fin foots birds of prey such as the ospreys, white-bellied sea eagles, grey-headed and Pallas fish eagles.

Aquatic fauna

Some fish and amphibians originate in the Sundarbans are butter fish, electric ray, common carp, king crab, silver carp, barb, river eels, starfish, saw-fish, fiddler crab, hermit crab, prawn, shrimps, river dolphins, skipping frogs, common toads and tree frogs. One mostly exciting amphibious fish species is the mud skipper that climbs out of the water into mudflats and even climbs trees.

Predators:

42 species of mammal among them 25 vital mammalian species – significant habitats for the endangered Bengal tiger.The forest also contains leopard —  other smaller predators namely- Asian house shrew, Greater short-nosed fruit bat, Indian flying fox, Greater false vampire bat, tail-less leaf-nosed bat, Rhesus macaque , Red-cheeked squirrel, Greater bandicoot rat, Black rat, Little Indian field mouse, Porcupines, Humpback dolphin, Short-beaked common dolphin, Irrawaddy dolphin, South Asian river dolphin, Bengal fox, Golden jackal, Indian grey mongoose,Fishing cat, Jungle cat, Wild boar, Indian muntjac and monitor lizard.

It is expected that there are now 106 Bengal tigers and about 30,000 to 50,000 spotted deer in the area. Semi aquatic mammal namely The small-clawed otter moves in families often seen during low tides in the creeks.

Reptiles: Sundarbans is also home to 50 reptiles species including Estuarine  crocodiles are large aquatic reptiles is common and others are king cobras, Indian flap-shelled turtles, house geckos, monitor lizards, The river terrapin, hawksbill turtles, pythons, common kraits, green vine snake,  olive ridley turtles, sea snakes, dog-faced water snakes, green turtles, estuarine crocodiles, chameleons, Russell’s vipers, checkered keelbacks and rat snakes. Peacock soft-shelled turtles, Bengal monitors , water monitors and Indian pythons.

Sundarban wildlife Tour itinerary:

Thursday-Night-01Dhaka to Khulna by train or Scania Volvo or evening flight

Leaving Dhaka to Khulna by train at around 08:00 PM or Scania Volvo bus at 09:30 PM.

Overnight journey – by train or Scania Volvo  

Friday- 01: Mongla to Katka wildlife Tiger point

In the morning leaving Khulna and one hour car journey to Mongla and board into our tourist boat then immediately started cruise Sundarban estuary for which UNESCO status World heritage natural site, after 8 hours of cruise through forest water bodies crossing many rivers, canal and creeks, you will reach Katka Tiger point where maximum wildlife visible from close in the estuary. On our way to Katka you will observe fascinating mangrove plants and wildlife. The most eye catching are –

  • Sundari canal close to Katka – very beautiful narrow canal both side several mangrove species attracts while low tide spotted deer, endanger bird and aquatic mammals may seen.
  • Late in the afternoon Tiger trail through magical mangrove floor where maximum deer and macaque visible on way to Tiger hill.

Overnight stay – twin bedded cabin

( we have 3 boats among them one vessel started cruise from Khulna so that we plan like 1st day visit Harbaria and cruise through Barrikhal channel then arrive Katka in the evening )

Saturday-02: whole day diverse wildlife and magical mangrove forest expeditions

Sundarbans is the unique ecological place for bird watchers, early in the morning alarm wake up for an exciting bird watching trip by silent boat through Katka canal / creeks chance to see the bird life and wildlife very close. Before entering in the canal right side sea faces mud flats where often seen flying birds of prey hunting fishes and crabs. In the canal many species of birds you will find mostly brawn winged king fisher, ruddy king fisher deep of the creeks, racket tailed drongo, magpie robin, common king fisher, fish eagle on the top of die tree, bee eater and many if high tide closely viewed macaque and deer, green vine snake if low tides may find oriental small otters and pug print in the muddy bank, return to the boat having breakfast.

After having breakfast a lot to see in and around Katka and Kachikhali. The main activities are-

  • Katka to Kachikhali 8km trail through Katka forest grass lands where mostly seen spotted deer, macaque, wild boar and birds, Look the beauty of the forest from observation tower and Katka sea beach fun then a long walk through silent Jamtola beach trail then again entering Kachikhali wildlife forest grass lands walk 2km., In the grassland we may find deer, birds and many butterflies as total 37 species of butterflies under 7 families were recorded, in the evening canal cruise seeing wildlife and birds.

And this adventure trail only can enjoy those have physical fitness to walk slowly.

  • Opt for a another plan like 5km trail – Katka to katka beach through grass land
  • return to the boat for resume cruise to Kachikhali for walking through Kachikhali wildlife forest
  • Evening bird watching and wildlife at Kachikhali canal
  • BBQ dinner
  • We cover the two dominant wildlife estuaries and if visitors lucky then on the way of cruise may find obscure Bengal tiger swimming in the canal.

Overnight stay – twin bedded cabin in Sundarbans vessel

Sunday-03: Berrikhal meandering wildlife canal and Harbaria Tiger forest

early in the morning the vessel more than 3 hours of cruising to Harbaria Eco tourism centre, on our way through narrow  channel where mangrove trees very spectacular by bird watchers as maximum species of bird observe here, water monitor, rhesus macaque also common. Berrikhal crisscrosses canal where diverse wildlife marked from the boat. Both side green trees and wildlife attracts any travelers, we find masked fin foot, lesser adjutant and greater egrets, several time we found crocodile basking in the sun, water monitor lying in tree, macaque make your return journey memorable.

In the afternoon leave the vessel for Harbaria Eco tourism sight-seeing from wooden made path searching Tiger foot print in the forest floor, continue on to the boat for Mongla for 3 hours car journey to Jessore catching train journey or Scania Volvo bus journey to Dhaka.

overnight journey – train / Volvo bus

If visitors use return flight from Jessore to Dhaka just 02:30 pm should be leave the vessel for catching evening flight.

Sundarban package tour price per person: BDT.

Dhaka – Khulna – Mongla – Sundarban – Dhaka –12,500 ( by Volvo bus + car + boat )

Sundarban package tour by Non Ac bus ( Dhaka – Mongla – sundarban – Dhaka – 9500

Sundarban private tour around Katka + Dubla island + Heron point in 4 days @ 14,000

Sundarban 3 days private tour less than package tour if exclusively run for the group and if run and booked early by 10 person or 22 person or 34 person tourist boat

The price inclusive of all cost for 3 days like 3 days food + permission + Volvo bus

 Tour Option-02:

Sundarban weekend package trip by rocket steamer and air

Wednesday-01:  Paddle wheel renowned Rocket steamer cruise

our guide will pick up from hotel at 02:30 PM and take you to the sadarghat terminal reaching by 04:50 PM for an exciting Paddle wheel steamer cruise globally known was launch in Bangladesh in the late 18th century by the British India General Navigation Railway Company built with unique design rare chance of sinking dilapidated torpedo-shaped two storey vessels comfortable as symbol of speed, safety and aristocracy once renowned and elite classes people cruises to Mongla and Khulna via Chandpur, Barisal and Hularhat. There were six paddle steamers built with steam engines from Europe and India now converted into diesel-run engines and electro-hydraulic engines. Presently only 4 paddle wheel steamer namely – PS Masud, PS Ostrich, PS Lepcha, PS Tern and introduced 2 new ships–MV Bangali and MV Madhumati launches according to the paddle steamer model operated from Dhaka every day except Friday started 04:00 PM from Badamtoli departing by 06:30 PM from Sadarghat terminal.

Thursday and Monday from Dhaka run only new shape launch and other days old rocket.

Overnight stay – 1st class rocket cabin

Thursday-02visit another World heritage site-  Bagerhat sixty dome Mosque

at around 09:50 AM leaving the rocket for one hour car journey to the archaeological heritage  of Bagerhat are the remnants of the famous city of Khalifatabad from the medieval period established by Saint Ulug Khan Jahan. UNESCO declared World heritage sites- his sixty dome mosque although made many beautiful Mosque, we also visit Nine domed Mosque, lakes, the tomb of Khan Jahan Ali. In the afternoon drive another an hour to Pashur hotel. Late in the afternoon experience the coastal villages by auto rickshaw van having fresh air of the Sundarbans.

Overnight stay – hotel Pashur Ac twin deluxe room

Friday- 03: Mongla to Katka wildlife Tiger point

In the morning leaving Pashur hotel and board into our tourist boat then immediately started cruise Sundarban estuary for which UNESCO status World heritage natural site, after 8 hours of cruise through forest water bodies crossing many rivers, canal and creeks, you will reach Katka Tiger point where maximum wildlife visible from close in the estuary. On our way to Katka you will observe fascinating mangrove plants and wildlife. The most eye catching are –

  • Sundary canal – very beautiful narrow canal both side several mangrove species attracts while low tide spotted deer, endanger bird and aquatic mammals may seen.
  • Late afternoon Tiger trail through magical mangrove floor where maximum deer and macaque visible on way to Tiger hill.

Overnight stay – twin bedded cabin

Saturday-04: whole day diverse wildlife and magical mangrove forest expeditions

Sundarbans is the unique ecological place for bird watchers, early in the morning alarm wake up for an exciting bird watching trip by silent boat through Katka canal / creeks chance to see the bird life and wildlife very close. Before entering in the canal right side sea faces mud flats where often seen flying birds of prey hunting fishes and crabs. In the canal many species of birds you will find mostly brawn winged king fisher, ruddy king fisher deep of the creeks, racket tailed drongo, magpie robin, common king fisher, fish eagle on the top of die tree, bee eater and many if high tide closely viewed macaque and deer, green vine snake if low tides may find oriental small otters and pug print in the muddy bank, return to the boat having breakfast.

After having breakfast a lot to see in and around Katka and Kachikhali. The main activities are-

  • Katka to Kachikhali 8km trail through Katka forest grass lands where mostly seen spotted deer, macaque, wild boar and birds, Look the beauty of the forest from observation tower and Katka sea beach fun then a long walk through silent Jamtola beach trail then again entering Kachikhali wildlife forest grass lands walk 2km., In the grassland we may find deer, birds and many butterflies as total 37 species of butterflies under 7 families were recorded, in the evening canal cruise seeing wildlife and birds.

And this adventure trail only can enjoy those have physical fitness to walk slowly.

  • Opt for a another plan like 5km trail – Katka to katka beach through grass land
  • return to the boat for resume cruise to Kachikhali for walking through Kachikhali wildlife forest
  • Evening bird watching and wildlife at Kachikhali canal
  • BBQ dinner
  • We cover the two dominant wildlife estuaries and if visitors lucky then on the way of cruise may find obscure Bengal tiger swimming in the canal.

Overnight stay – twin bedded cabin in Sundarbans vessel

Day-05: Berrikhal meandering wildlife canal and Harbaria Tiger forest

early in the morning the vessel more than 3 hours of cruising to Harbaria Eco tourism centre, on our way through narrow  channel where mangrove trees very spectacular by bird watchers as maximum species of bird observe here, water monitor, rhesus macaque also common. Berrikhal crisscrosses canal where diverse wildlife marked from the boat. We may find masked fin foot, lesser adjutant and greater egrets, several time we found crocodile basking in the sun, water monitor lying in tree, macaque make your return journey memorable.

In the afternoon leave the vessel for Harbaria Eco tourism sight-seeing from wooden made path searching Tiger foot print in the forest floor, continue on to the boat for Mongla for 3 hours car journey to Jessore catching evening flight to Dhaka.

No overnight stay

If visitors use return flight from Jessore to Dhaka just 02:30 pm should be leave the vessel for catching evening flight to Dhaka.

This price only for foreigner if we run exclusively at any date

Package Price per person: US$ 410 (Transport: Rocket + Boat + Car + Air)

Price per person: US$ 375.00 (Transport: Rocket + Boat + Car + A/c Volvo bus / train )

Private Price per person: BDT.  (Transport : Rocket + Boat + Car + air)

02 person —03 person—04 person—05 person—06 person -10 person

$ 655 ……$ 550 ………$ 455……$ 420…..$ 390……$ 365 and $ 360

Note: we must use our 20 person capacities boat if 10 person foreigners.

Price shall include:

  1. Cruise inside the Forest with exclusive tourist boat.
  2. Accommodation on twin sharing basis
  3. Food – all meal with verities item + 2 time snacks + BBQ dinner and all time tea / coffee.
  4. All activities inside the forest as per itinerary.
  5. Small country boat to make trips inside small canals/creeks.
  6. Mineral water for drinking during the trip.
  7. Forest fees, permission & armed forest guard from the forest department
  8. An Ecological Guide during the trip.
  9. Air ticket (Jessore to Dhaka)
  10. Rocket Cruise (Dhaka – Hularhat).
  11. A/C Car for sightseeing and transfer

tour option-03: 

Sundarban wildlife estuaries tour by air + car

Day-01: evening flight to Jessore and drive at Mongla Pashur hotel

Depart Dhaka by evening flight with US- Bangla airlines to Jessore, Upon arrival our guide met and greets to Mongla, it takes minimum 3 hours A/c van drive.

Overnight stay – Pashur hotel deluxe room

Note: if visitors take morning flight to Jessore then we suggest visit Bagerhat archaeological heritage sites 

Day-2: Mongla to Kachikhali wildlife estuary

early morning at 06:30 AM cruise started about to Kachaikhali wildlife estuary through the sundarban forest waterways crossing many rivers, canal and creeks on arrival Kachikhali in the afternoon explore the spots like –

  • Egg island sea sandy beach
  • short trail seeing many deer and wild boar in the forest grasslands
  • Kachikhali canal cruise seeing birds, aquatic mammals and wildlife by silent boat.

Overnight stay – boat cabin at Kachikhali

Day-03: Katka and Kachikhali wildlife estuaries expeditions

On this day, early morning having boil eggs and banana / fruits / cookies with tea / coffee a large trail Kachikhali to Katka 8km through  Kachikhali jungle, wild beach and jamtola beach trail to Katka.

we will offer different activities at around Katka & Kachikhali, like –

  • Katka to Kachikhali trail seeing breathtaking undiscovered sandy beaches and forested lands of the Tiger and diverse wildlife (travelers fitness necessary)
  • Katka wildlife grassland and Katka sea beach
  • Katka wildlife and Tiger point
  • Evening bird watching through Katka canal by silent boat
  • BBQ dinner party

Overnight stay – boat cabin at Tambulbunia of the Sundarbans

Day-04: Barrikhal channel and Harbaria Eco tourism centre

in the morning a magnificent cruise through Barrikhal channel is very narrow meandering canal and spotted few endanger species included Musket fin foot, egrets, crocodile, deer and Macaque, it takes 3 hours and half while we reached at Harbaria Eco tourism center searching Tiger foot print in the mud along the walk through wooden made path.

in the afternoon we leave the boat at Mongla for A/c van journey to Jessore catching evening flight to Dhaka.

Price per person: US$ 360 ( if run by package tour )

Tour Price includes:

* Dhaka – Jessore – Dhaka return air tickets with low fair

* 3 days Sundarban cruise around Kotka, kachikhali and herbaria with berikhal channel.

* all food with BAR B Q dinner ( 3 meal and 2 snacks in a day, all time tea / coffee and bottle water, fruits, drinks

* Jessore – Khulna – Jessore by A/c 11 seated van for both way transfer

* Pashur hotel for one night stay

* Experienced English speaking tour guide.

  1. Drinks both hard and soft.
  2. Items of personal nature and items not mentioned above.
  3. Fees for the commercial video & cameras of the guests

Boat rental for interesting group:

Bangladesh Expeditions has good liaison with several luxury and comfort boat owner  to rent and organized tailor made tours any date if visitors advance book with us with much discount price.