The Sundarbans mangrove forest, one of the largest such forests in the world (140,000 ha), lies on the delta of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers on the Bay of Bengal. It is adjacent to the border of India’s Sundarbans World Heritage site inscribed in 1987. The site is intersected by a complex network of tidal waterways, mudflats and small islands of salt-tolerant mangrove forests, and presents an excellent example of ongoing ecological processes. The area is known for its wide range of fauna, including 260 bird species, the man eating Royal Bengal tiger and other threatened species such as the estuarine crocodile and the Indian python.
Total Area: 10,000 Sq. km (6,017 Sq. km In Bangladesh, 4,260 Sq. km in India).
Named by: Sundaree Tree (Heritiera fomes).
Flora: A total 245 genera and 334 plant species.
Fauna: 150 species of commercially important fish, 286 species of birds, 42 species of mammals, 35 reptiles and 8 amphibian species.
Animals: Man eating Royal Bengal Tiger, Crocodiles, Spotted Deer, Otters, Fishing cats, macaques, wild boars, common grey mongooses, foxes, jungle cats, flying foxes, pangolins, Bengal Monitor, Snakes, and many more.
Rivers and Canals: 300
Attractions: Harbaria eco-tourism center, Kotka wildlife sanctuary, Kochikhali wildlife sanctuary, Jamtola sea-beach, Dubla Island, Hiron point, Karamjal crocodile breeding center, deep forest walking, small paddle boat trip and many more activities.