Katka, Kachikhali, Neelkal, Dublar Char, Sheikh’s Tek Mandir, Mandarbaria Beach, Herbaria, Dobeki, Kalirchar, Mrigamarim Supati, etc., and Karamjal are just a few of the interesting places to visit in the Sundarbans. Karamjal is the most popular tourist destination among them. On the banks of the Pasur River, a 30-hectare tourist attraction has been built as a replica of the Sundarbans.
If you only have a day to see the Sundarbans, you should go to Karamjal Parjoton Kendro.
Karamjal is the starting point for most visitors to the Sundarbans due to the short distance (45 minutes) and low cost (launch/trawler) of travel between Mangla and Karamjal.
The Sundarbans can be understood thanks to a large-scale map displayed at the beginning of the visitor centre. The map is left behind as you follow the crooked wooden walkway south into the forest. The path is known as the Monkey Trail.
As soon as you set foot on the trail, you’ll understand why it was given this name. The trail is frequented by rhesus monkeys, which can be found in the Sundarbans.
Both sides of the road were lined with thick trees. This pine-filled forest has a lot of trees. Once the wooden boardwalk has extended for a fair distance, a fork will split off to the left and terminate at the Pasur riverbank. A bench and a tent can be found at the river’s end.
About 500 metres further south, at the edge of a narrow canal, the main route comes to a halt. At the beginning of the trail, you’ll find yet another shed. After passing the crocodile breeding grounds, the wooden path continues westward. In the middle of this path, there is a lookout tower. The view from the peak provides a good overview of Karamjal and its environs.
At the far end of the boardwalk is a crocodile breeding facility. The breeding grounds for crocodiles and deer are located in the nearby west. There are a lot of little kids up front. The saltwater crocodiles range in age from young adults to mature adults.
Romeo, Juliet, and Pilpil are all in the southern side’s large walled pond. In 2002, three saltwater crocodiles were hauled to Karmjal in the Sundarbans after being caught in fishing nets. Age 23 for Romeo and Juliet In 2005, the couple finally conceived.
They have been the driving force behind the first ever fabricated crocodile population in Bangladesh. Juliet is a tad more petite than Romeo. This crocodile can live up to a hundred years in the wild.
So far, Juliet has produced 482 eggs. The Wildlife Breeding and Conservation Centre staff used that nesting box to successfully hatch 284 baby animals. At the Karamjal Wildlife Breeding and Conservation Centre, there is also a woman named Pilpil. So far, 33 of the 44 eggs she’s laid have successfully hatched.
Next to it is an area with zoo-like cages lining the perimeter. Inside, Chitra saw a deer. To the west of the main enclosure is a smaller cage. A few rhesus monkeys are housed here.
The most fascinating thing for visitors is the afternoon arrival of herds of wild Chitral deer to the Karamjal area in search of handouts. Travellers interested in learning more about the Sundarbans’ mangrove ecosystem and its many unique plant and animal species need look no further than Karamjal.
Existing trees here are labelled for easy identification with nameplates.
Karamjal has an entrance fee of 20 taka for locals and 300 taka for foreigners. Students from Bangladesh pay only 20 Taka. 40 Taka for local researcher 500 (five hundred) per international researcher. Domestic tourists who are under the age of 12 will be charged Tk. 10. Per camera for video recording, It costs 300 Taka for foreign visitor and 200 taka for local. All of the above prices include VAT at the rate of 15%.
How to go there:
To get to Khulna from Dhaka, take a bus or train headed for Bagerhat or Kamalapur from the Gabtali or Syedabad bus terminals. From Dhaka, you can take a direct bus to Bagerhat.
Dhaka to Bagerhat bus routes include:
The Sayedabad Bus Terminal is serviced by Meghna Paribahan (017717388553) and Tourist Transport (01711131078). Sakura Paribahan (01711010450) and Sohag Paribahan (01718679302) both leave from Dhaka’s Gabtali Bus Terminal.
You can catch a boat to Mongla in Bagerhat or Rupsa from Khulna. In addition, Mongla, Morelganj, and Sharankhola in Bagerhat all have boat services to the Sundarbans.
From the Syedabad Bus Terminal in Dhaka, you can take a Sundarban or tourist service bus straight to Mangla. Costing 400–450 taka. To reach Karamjal from Mangla, passengers must board an engine-powered boat. Ten people can ride in comfort on an engine boat for between 1,000 and 1,200 taka. Most trips on these motorboats begin at the Mongla ferry wharf.
The Poshur river must flow across Karamjal. This river’s current is consistently choppy. Therefore, a high-quality motor boat should be used. Have enough life preservers and floatation devices on board.
Where to stay?
In addition to boats for tourists, the Sundarbans sanctuary also has the Nilakamal rest house at Hiranpoint and the Kachikhali and Katkay rest houses at Tiger Point, both maintained by the forest division.
Nilkamal charges domestic tourists 3000 taka for a single room and 12,000 taka for a four-bedroom suite.
3000 taka per room in Kochikhali, or 10000 taka for four people In Cuttack, each room will cost you 2,000 Taka per night. Five thousand twenty thousand taka in Nilkamal, five thousand fifteen thousand taka in Kachikhali, and five thousand ten thousand taka in Katka for non-Bangladeshi nationals
In addition, you can visit Karamjal during the day and then head to the port city of Mongla in the evening. Motel Pasur (04662-75100) is operated by the Bangladesh Tourism Corporation. The price of a non-AC double room is 1,200 taka per month, while an AC double room costs 2,000 taka per month. The price for a basic bed is 600 taka. The town of Mongla also has a few hotels of mediocre quality. Prices at these hotels range from 100 to 600 Tk.
The rest house and dormitory of NGO Sushilan in Munshiganj, Shyamnagar, are also available to individuals, families, and small groups.
Hotels like the Hotel Royal, Castle Salam, Hotel Tiger Garden, Hotel West Inn, Hotel City Inn, Hotel Millennium, etc. can be found alongside more basic accommodations in Khulna city.
Keep out of the woods unless accompanied by a forest guard. In the deer and crocodile sanctuaries, no food should be given to the animals.
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