Sundarban Watch Towers

Sajnekhali Watch Tower & Mangrove Interpretation Centre

Sajnekhali Watch Tower

Sajnekhali Watch Tower

Most of the tigers are sighted from this tower. Some other wildlife like axis deer, wild boars and crocodiles may also be seen from this watch tower.

This watch tower has a capacity to host 25 persons at a time. There is a sweet water pond where animals come to drink water. Behind the pond are stretches of land bereft of any vegetation where one can sight animals from a distance. There is also a Mangrove Interpretation Centre, a Bono Bibi Temple as well as a Crocodile Park in the Sajnekhali watchtower complex. This watch tower provides one with the opportunity to view wildlife from close quarters. The most sought after sights by a bird watcher are seven colourful species of the Kingfisher, White Bellied Sea Eagle, Plovers, Lap-Wings, Curfews, Whimprel, Sandpipers and the occasional Pelican. The West Bengal Tourism Department Corporation’s Tourist lodge is also situated at Sajnekhali.

 

Sudhanyakhali Watch Tower

Sudhanyakhali Watch Tower

Sudhanyakhali Watch Tower

Most of the tigers are sighted from this tower. Some other wildlife like axis deers, wild boars and crocodiles may also be seen from this watch tower.

This watch tower has a capacity to host 25 persons at a time. There is a sweet water pond where animals come to drink water. Behind the pond are stretches of land bereft of any vegetation where one can sight animals from a distance.

 

Dobanki Watch Tower and Jungle Canopy (496 meters)

Ddobanki Watch Tower

Dobanki Watch Tower

This watch tower presents one with a unique experience of watching wildlife from its Canopy Walk. This canopy walk is about half a kilometer long and at a height of about 20 ft from the ground. There is also a sweet water pond and Chital deers as well as Brahmini Kites are very often sighted here apart from the tigers.

 

 

Burirdabri Watch Tower

Burirdabri watch tower

Burirdabri watch tower

This watch Tower in the Burirdabri camp is famous for its watchtower, a mud walk and mangrove cage trail leading to a view point known as Raimongal View Point. The ground fauna consisting of snails, varieties of crabs and mollusc can be observed closely during the mud walk.

The layout of this watchtower is very beautiful with one walking over wooden bridges and then through the mud cage and finally culminating to a wooden watch tower over looking Bangladesh with the river Raimongal forming the international boundary between India and Bangladesh. One can see the Bangladesh Sundarbans from this watchtower. This watchtower has a capacity to host 10 persons at a time.

This is again, a watchtower, which is overlooked by tour operators as well as tourists, because of its distance from the Sajnekhali/Pakhiralaya/Jamespur area. It is a must-see watchtower at Sundarbans.

 

Netidhopani Watch Tower

Netidhopani

Netidhopani

This is another watchtower in the series of several watchtowers and is associated with the legend of Behula and Lakhindari. Legend has it that Behula, while accompanying her dead husband on his last journey on the boat, was passing the bank of what is now called Netidhopani, saw an interesting thing. A woman was washing clothes and a child was continually disturbing her.

Annoyed, she sprinkled some water on the boy. The boy became lifeless. The woman finished her laundry and then again sprinkled some water on the boy, chanting some mantras, to bring him back to life.

Netidhopani watch tower

Netidhopani watch tower

Behula decided in a flash that this was the person who could bring her husband back to life. She rowed the boat to the bank and asked the lady (Netidhopani) to teach her the verses. This lady was instrumental in bring back. In fact, Behula reached heaven from this Ghat. Today this watchtower offers one a view of the ruins of a 400 year old Shiva Temple. It is also believed that there is a road on the extreme right of the forest which was built by King Pratapaditya to guard the coastal area. It is now covered with earth. There is also a sweet water pond. This watch tower has a capacity to host 20 persons at a time.

 

Bonnie Camp Watch Tower

Bonnie Camp

Bonnie Camp

Bonnie Camp, is one of the most beautiful watchtowers in the Sundarbans. This watchtower, 50 feet high, is the highest watchtower in the Sundarbans. It is quite close to the Bay of Bengal and generally takes around 06 hrs to reach from Sajnekhali by a six cylinder boat. Like all other watchtowers of Sundarbans, there is a sweet-water pond where the wildlife of Sundarbans frequent throughout the day.

The ambience of the watchtower is absolutely fabulous and one gets the feeling of being marooned on a desolate island when one spends the night at Bonnie camp. The lurking fear of the Royal Bengal Tiger and the barking of the deer at night add an eerie feeling to this destination. In fact, on a moonlit night, the view of the jungle from the watchtower crisscrossed with rivulets and creeks all around is a treat for the eyes. There is a tourist rest house at Bonnie camp for overnight stay. However, there is no electricity (only solar lights) or AC in the rooms. Prior booking is needed to stay overnight there.

 

Jhingekhali Watch Tower

Jhingekhali Watch Tower

Jhingekhali Watch Tower

This watchtower is among the ones to be located on the Eastern most fringe of the Indian part of Sundarbans. It falls in the Bashirhat Range of the Jhingekhali Beat of Sundarbans. The watchtower has a capacity to accommodate 20 persons at a time.

This watchtower is often overlooked by tour operators and tourists because of its distance from the Sajnekhali/Dayapur area. Since the movement of tourists is less in this area, the scenic beauty of this place is well preserved and the chances of sighting tigers, as per our opinion, are relatively more than the other watchtowers.

This watchtower, like some other watchtowers, has observation lines and sweet water pond for observing the wildlife. There is also a BanoBibi temple within the compound of the Watchtower as well. Apart from other birds that can be sighted, the sighting of Brahmini Kites is very much likely from this watchtower.

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