Sajnekhalibird sanctuary

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The Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary is located in the Sunderbans Forests and is home to a wide variety of birds. The most popular among the birds are the Spotted Billed Pelican, Fish Eagle, Caspian Tern, Cotton Teal, Osprey Herring Gull, Purple Heron, Greenbacked Heron, Grey Heron, Egret, Grey Headed Fishing Eagle, Night Heron, Open Billed Stork, White Ibis, White Bellied Sea Eagle, Common Kingfisher, Brahmini Kite and Paradise Flycatcher. A rare winter migrant that can be seen here is the Asian Dowitchers. THe sanctuary is located at the confluence of Matla and Gumdi.

A Visitor’s centre is located in Sajnekhali and is protected by a wired fence. Next to the visitors centre is the turtle farm, a crocodile farm and a pond filled with sharks. Boats are available for excursions but a guide and boat permit is required. Various watchtowers are built throughout the park.

Accommodation is available in Sajnekhali Tourist Lodge in the form of forest rest houses and forest lodges which need to be booked in advance as they remain busy throughout the year. The restaurant are known to serve light and simple meals.

It is advisable to carry torches, binoculars, bottled water, snakes and mosquito repellents. To visit the Sanctuary, one needs a permit with a validity of 4 -5 days. This is available from the West Bengal Tourist Office located at the BBD Bagh Calcutta. Forest lodges can also be booked from there.

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