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Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunderbans - 13th to 18th, January, 2017

Tiger swimming at Sunderbans!
There is something different about “Tigers” in Sunderbans. Here in Sunderbans, the tiger is far more aggressive toward humans than anywhere else! On an average about 60 tiger attacks a year! Over a million humans live in the Sunderban area that has a population of about 500 tigers!!

The forest covers 10,000 sq kms of which about 6,000 sq kms are in Bangladesh. The Indian part of Sundarbans is estimated to be about 4,110 sq kms of which about 1,700 sq kms is occupied by waterbodies in the forms of river, canals and creeks of width varying from a few metres to several kilometres.

Mangroves are salt tolerant trees, also called halophytes, and are adapted to life in harsh coastal conditions. They contain a complex salt filtration system and complex root system to cope with salt water immersion and wave action.

Watch video -> "Sunderbans in a boat"

The largest single block of tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the world, the Sundarbans lies in the vast delta on the Bay of Bengal formed by the super confluence of the Ganges, Padma, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers across southern Bangladesh. The seasonally flooded Sundarbans freshwater swamp forests lie inland from the mangrove forests on the coastal fringe.

Giri from LensOwl was leading this tour. This was an exploratory trip for him and the first after he launched LensOwl. Vinay, Saju and Srihari had already singned-up for this trip. Jayakumar and myself joined in and lo, we all met at the Bengaluru Airport on the 13th of January, 2017! Sunderbans here we come…

I had never been to Sunderbans before, I wonder why? Well, I had visited “Bhitarkanika” last year and that was all Mangroves too, except, here in Sunderbans there were tigers!

Local fishermen brave the tigers!

Bengaluru to Kolkata by flight took about 2 hrs 30 mts. 13th Night we spent in Kolkata. 14th morning drive from Kolkata to Gosaba was 106 kms, it took us about 3 hrs. By 10.30 am we boarded a boat at Gosaba! We stayed in this boat until the 18th of January and then drove straight back to the Kolkata Airport to be back in Bengaluru by midnight!

Of the 4 nights we spent at Sunderbans, we slept in the boat for two nights and we spent two nights at a nice resort on the waterfront. All through the day we moved silently in the water enjoying the mangroves! Overall, a wonderful trip! Cool breeze, plenty of oxygen, peace and quite, crocodiles, kingfishers and a tiger!

"Click Here" for bird images I was able to make at Sunderbans!

Earlier in January, I attended the "Karnataka Bird Festival - 2017

Later in January, I went to "Shivamogga"

Vijay Cavale
January, 2017