Sajnakhali Wildlife Sanctuary is in South 24 Parganas district, West Bengal, India. This sanctuary covers approx 362 square kms. Sajnakhali Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the three Wildlife Sanctuaries inside Sundarban Biosphere Reserve, the other two being the Haliday Island Wildlife Sanctuary and the Lothian Wildlife Sanctuary. It was set up as a sanctuary in 1976. The Sajnakhali Wildlife Sanctuary is home of rich population of water fowl, heron, pelican, spotted deer, rhesus macaques, wild boar, tigers, water monitor lizards, fishing cats, olive ridley turtle, crocodiles, Batagur terrapins, and migratory birds. This sanctuary is essentially a bird watcher’s paradise.
How to reach Sajnakhali
Boats are available for excursions, day tour and overnight tours – you need a guide and boat permits. Boats are available from various places.
Time to visit
The best time to visit this is from July to September.
Attractions in Sajnakhali
The visitor’s centre has a crocodile enclosure, shark pond, turtle hatchery and an interesting Mangrove Interpretation Centre.
Accommodation in Sajjakhali
There is accommodation available at Sajnekhali. There are forest rest houses and forest lodges here, that have to be booked in advance online though https://www.wbtdcl.com/. Other than this, there are so many private staying options are available into this island or near by island.
Lothian Island Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in south 24 parganas in West Bengal, close to G-Plot island. This island is famous as bird sanctuary for variety of bird species found here, including black-cpped kingfisher, curlew, white-bellied sea-eagle, tern and whimbrel. The wildlife in this sanctuary includes estuarine crocodiles, olive ridley sea turtles, spotted deer, jungle cats and rhesus macaques. Lothian Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the three Wildlife Sanctuaries inside Sundarban Biosphere Reserve, the other two being the Sajnekhali Wild Life Sanctuary and the Haliday Island Wildlife Sanctuary. This Wildlife Sanctuary is speard over an area of 38 sq kms on the island and surrounded by River Saptamukhi.
Nearest town is Namkhana, Gosaba is 50 km away.
Nearest rail station is Namkhana, Canning is 48 km away.
Nearest popular picnic spot is New Bakkhali.
Haliday Island Wildlife Sanctuary is also known as Haliday Wildlife Sanctuary. This is one of the three Wildlife Sanctuaries of the Sundarbans Biosphere Reserve, the other two being the Sajnekhali Wild Life Sanctuary and the Lothian Wildlife Sanctuary. It is located in south 24th parganas in West Bengal. The area is approximately six square kilometers.
Situated on the river Matla, many different types of flora and fauna exist within the wildlife sanctuary. Examples include spotted deer and wild boar. Royal Bengal tigers have occasionally visited the area as well.
How to reach
Nearest town is Gosaba, 50 km away. Nearest railhead is at Canning(48 km). Canning is well connected to Kolkata, by train.
The Sundarbans is a mangrove forest extending from Bangladesh into the hinterlands of West Bengal, India. It has been named as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The forest is thick and the area, covered with marshy swamps and salt water. It is home to the Royal Bengal Tiger, of which only 400 are left here. Crocodiles, spotted deers, snakes, primates and many different species of birds can be seen here. Tourists need to have a permit to visit the Sunderbans especially the Tiger Reserve.