My Sunderbans Experience

Sunderbans, the National Park is a strange place! It is infested with several different species yet the chances are that you may see none. My Sunderbans experience was something similar.

Bengal Tigers of Sunderbans

The mangrove swamp home to Bengal Tiger behaves strangely. Animals usually attack humans if they are disturbed but in case of Sunderbans Tigers they attack humans without being provoked. Their food is humans. That is why it is said: If you see a tiger in Sunderbans, next thing you know is, you are inside its stomach.

Sunderbans Experience

A Monitor Lizard in the muddy slope, Sunderbans National Park

Sunderbans Tree in low tide

Sunderbans Tree in low tide

There are some 250 odd tigers in these thick forests of Sunderbans. Even if the tiger disappears from everywhere else, it will survive in Sunderbans because humans are easy prey. They have been known to rocket out of the water onto the deck of an open boat and pull a sleeping crewman off by the back of his head.

Other Dangers of Sunderbans

Another danger that keeps lurking around are CROCODILES. Silent killers, in a flash of second they are off with their food, which sometimes is an unfortunate human.

And SHARKS! There are six varieties of them swimming around the various islands. They are content with schools of fish, but an absent minded, careless human too is welcome!

The inhabitants there are exposed to swarm of bees too. Our guide narrated the story of a SWARM OF BEES 20 ft. long, 10ft. wide advancing towards a steamer. The crew scampered into the cabin and stayed there till the sky was clear.

Ask me if I am happy I didn’t see any of these. Of course! I am! I look for simple joys in life and one of them is staying alive! I am content with the sight of a monitor lizard; some red crabs, a doe and fawn quenching their thirst and an egret basking in its reflected glory!

Sunderbans, the National Park, is less about seeing tiger but more about enjoying the biodiversity of the area. We were taken on several outings in the steamer there; we had food in the deck while scanning the bank for any possible adventurous sight. We were treated with many stories of the animals and human inhabitants of that place, at the end of each story I was glad I didn’t spot any of those dangerous animals.

The only exciting Sunderbans experience we had was when my husband’s shoe fell into the river. He decided to forget it but the crew turned the steamer back and netted the shoe.

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82 Responses to “My Sunderbans Experience

  • I'm happy to be content with your post/photos, Indrani!! Glad you came back safely — and with your husbands shoe!! Great post as always!!

  • The beautiful Tigers, crocs, sharks and monitors all live there, I am pleased I don't live there.

  • Wonderful post, thank you


  • I'm glad you stayed alive, too! Would not want to run across those people-eating tigers.

  • Fascinating place and great shots.

  • Seems like a very dangerous but also fascinating area! Glad nothing bad happend to you and also your husbands shoe got rescued! 🙂
    Thank you for your great report.

  • oh, dear, on the tigers…

  • Nice images and post!

  • Lovely images!

  • I won't to go there. But thanks you have brought me to the great place

  • Glad you did not get eaten and your husband even got his shoe back!

  • Beautiful photos and nice info


  • Sounds like a dangerous place! Lovely shots.

  • I think you are braver than I! Love your stories and photos.

  • A very scary spot to take photos!

  • I'm not sure I'd be brave enough to travel there…but I must say I enjoyed the trip with you.

  • O! :O it's a hub of man eaters!!!

  • I had no idea….wow.

  • It sounds so terrific, adventu(dange)rous and exciting! It seems its better not spotting a tiger; unlike we mostly we move into forget in seek of opportunity of sighting an animal like tiger.

    Superb photos! I liked most the one on deer and red crab…

  • It sounds as if you faced many dangers to visit Sunderbans. I'm glad it was only a shoe that fell overboard while you on the river.

  • This is all very exciting! Thanks for this interesting series of photos. Fortunately your husband got his shoe back!
    Thanks for yourvisit and comment. I must confess that I never saw an opal myself, but I am sure it is very beautiful!
    Wil, ABCW Team.

  • Sounds dangerous! Honestly? I would love to go there!

  • That's a pretty place, but it sounds pretty scary. We have bears and mountain lions where I live (I've seen both while hiking) but they don't usually attack humans.

  • Lovely post! I want to visit Sunderbans some day!

  • last image just wow !

  • I agree with the staying alive bit! 😀 Also the stories that we get to hear from the people who live there are the best I guess!

  • Isn't it here that they tie a face behind the head to fool the tigers.

  • Are there animals even now…I mean that openly?

  • Thank you very much for the comments friends!

    You are so right about the mask Haddock.

    Sushma there are animals even today. Tiger paw prints are noted, photographed and recorded.

  • Amazing pics Indrani..

  • Maneaters are in Sunderban, maybe a case or two when tigers were involved, otherwise I have been told about maneaters Jaguars, whose preys are generally women and kids. Btw, whatever the reality is, this conflict is not a good sign.

  • I'm with you! I wouldn't want to see any of those dangerous things, either! Love your "simple pleasure of staying alive!" Looks like a fascinating place. Thanks so much for visiting my blog recently!

  • Nice post 🙂 Beautiful photos 🙂

  • You are truly well traveled. Thanks for sharing these stunning pics

  • Amazing story, Indrani!
    Great pictures… love it…
    Warm greetings, Anna :-))

  • Nice photographs Indrani.. 🙂
    I've been four times in the Sundarbans . Never managed to see a tiger but watched crocodiles twice.They look more like logs of wood floating in the water !! I spent night there also. It was an amazing experience. Had you not been this time , I request you to spend a night next time you visit theSundarbans.

  • A fascinating post Indrani, to learn of these stories must have been so interesting, as it is to me when I read your post. Great photos!

  • Wonderful pics descriptive narration. Thanks for sharing.

  • Indrani, sounds like a dangerous place to live and visit..Thanks for sharing, great shots!

  • Amitav Ghosh's novel, The Hungry Tide, made me interested in the Sunderbans. I really wish I could visit that place once.

  • cool! I loved the image of the "walking tree". 🙂

  • I definitely agree with you in this case. The simple life is absolutely the best! Scary place! Take good care when ever passing this place dear you!
    You've shot some lovely photos! 🙂

  • I really like the photo of those exposed tree roots.

  • Nice pics, specially the walking Tree and the bird in flight.

  • I wish i too could visit Sunderbans, as the Hungry Tide was a lovely story i read some time ago.

  • Beautiful pics, quite terrifying place it seems…hehe

  • Wow! All maneaters?!! Had never heard of this dangerous aspect of Sunderbans! Phew…

  • Hari Om
    this is a fabulous post Indrani – what an amazing place. I think if I was safe on a boat, I'd have liked to have spotted a stripe or two as well… but that's just YAM! xx

  • Loved your post….:-)

  • Beautiful pics and great detail,but after reading your post cannnot decide whether to go or not to go there,alluring and threatning at the same time

  • Sunderbans are lovely and none of the animals there are of any harm to us unless we disturb or violate them… I know of friends working with the tigers there (in conservation) and they have lovely stories to tell…

  • Sunderbans is a very biodiverse area. When we were in college, our senior girls did a one week trip of Sundarbans . And since then, it has been a dream to go here and enjoy the region. You are right that it is much more than just spotting the Bengal tigers. Your post once again woke up in me the sleeping lust to visit this place as soon as possible 🙂

  • It was a year ago in 2 days when we took the 3 day cruise to the Sundarbans in the Bangladesh side. I was just talking to my husband about making sure we repeat the experience when we visit Bangladesh again.

    Have a great 2017.

  • Interesting place. Didn’t know about the saying about the tigers. It would be amazing to see a wild tiger. But I would probably like to be in a safe distance from the animal. 🙂

  • Yikes! Beautiful biodiversity or not, I’d be pretty alarmed at the dangers of man eating tigers, crocodiles and sharks being around me. I’ve been up close to lions before, and they’re a lot more uninterested in humans…the story about your husband’s shoe made me laugh. I had something similar happen in Australia, when I had to rescue a baby’s milk bottle from a crocodile-filled lake! 😀

  • Better you than me, I say. Happy to be back here in Australia as far from a Bengal Tiger as possible. Really good post and very glad you were able to keep safe.

  • I’d never heard of Sundarbans National Park before reading about it in your blog. I’d love to visit! I grew up on the west coast of the US – no sharks, tigers, or crocodiles there. One of my favorite things about traveling is seeing animals in the wild, especially large predators. It was sure nice of the boat crew to salvage your husband’s shoe. Glad you had a safe visit!

  • Nice experience of your visit to Sunderbans.

  • I would be so super excited to see a wild tiger! I did not know about this place before but it looks like a really interesting and beautiful place!

  • So I think I may give this area a miss… sounds so dangerous!! Definitely sounds interesting though… I just don’t really want to get eaten haha. Glad you had a good time~

  • Sounds like a dangerous forest to go wandering in. The boat journey looks fun. I wouldn’t want to meet a Tiger face to face.

  • Less for the tiger more for the biodiversity. That’s what is utmost imp:) Sunderbans and the mangroves would beat any tiger destination coz of its sheer natural diversity:)!

  • This place looks absolutely beautiful, the Dangers though would keep me on my toes, I was just reading your other article about the crocodiles and photos are amazing, but the fear , my gosh I would be scared, nature and wild animals, reptiles are so unpredictable!

  • Interesting stuff! Didn’t know about the aggressiveness of tigers in this area. Only been to Nagarhole, Mudumalai and Panna myself and was lucky enough to see a tiger in the latter park. Great thing about a lot of these parks in India is that they are ridiculously cheap to visit!

  • Such a thrilling place! Gosh, I didn’t know that Sunderbans is so dangerous. I guess would be a little scared there 🙂

  • Sunderbans had long been on my mind. I don’t know why for some reason Bengal has always eluded me. Either my trip gets cancelled or I end up spending all day in hotels. Your blog makes me want to go there. Will take tips from you when I plan to go there.

  • Wow, lots of wildlife in that area. Sounds like a unique adventure.. One has to do research though before diving in to ensure safety.

  • Interesting place. I’m not sure I would like to visit it though.. So good you are alive! Loved the red crabs

  • Wow, I really love to visit natural placese like that, even this place looks as cool as dangerous…20 feet bees? sharks, tigers…If I was you I would have been really scared 🙂 anyway it surely was a really good experience to tell

  • Sunderbans is definitely jewel of India. We still remember our visit in early 2012. Its an amazing place with so many vegetations around.

  • Always wanted to go there. I have read many tiger stories from the Sunderbans but it must be better to experience it first hand.

  • “Danger” is an AC/DC song. “Alive” is a Pearl Jam song. Glad you are ok, lol.

  • “Danger” is an AC/DC song. “Alive” is a Pearl Jam song. Glad you are ok, lol.

  • Lovely. Want to experience it some day. I read Amitav Ghosh’s Hungry Tide and he’s made a picture in my mind and I feel sometimes I have already been there

  • I have always been fascinated by the royal tigers and have been waiting to visit Sundarbans to see them in their natural habitat. But some of the facts you have shared here are making me think twice. However, I m still being intrigued by the variety of wildlife one can see there.

  • So, sharks, crocodiles, and Bengal tigers? Sounds like a deadly yet endlessly fascinating combination. I’ve always been fascinated with tigers, so I’d love to visit Sunderbans, even if I’d be terrified all the time 😀

  • Yogi Saraswat
    11 months ago

    I always feared to go these places . Your description is very informative along with selective pictures !!

  • Love that image of the deer next to the water. Is that a tiger next to it?
    As for conflict what can the poor tigers do. We have been encroaching their land for thousands of years now…

  • Wow! Spine tingling post. I’ve only crossed Bengal once till now and have just heard about the Sunderbans… Hope to go there someday 🙂


  • You are another Ruskin Bond in the making.Please keep it up. The photos had a mysterious look and feel to them. I was half hoping to catch the sight of a tiger lurking in the woods.

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