Located about 320 km. south-west of Dhaka and spread over an area of about 60000 sq, km of deltaic swamps along the coastal belt of Khulna, the Sundarbans is the world’s biggest mangrove forest – the home of the Royal Bengal tiger. These dense mangrove forests are criss-crossed by a network of rivers and creeks. Here, tourists find tides flowing in two directions in the same creek and often tigers swimming across a river or huge crocodiles basking in the
sun. Other wildlife of the region include the cheetahs, spotted deer, monkeys, pythons, wild bears and hyenas. The forest is accessible by river from Khulna or Mongla. There are rest-houses for visitors to stay and enjoy the unspoiled beauty and splendour of the forest.
UNESCO has declared the Sundarban a world heritage site that it offers splendid opportunities for tourism.
The main tourist spots inside the Sundarban include Hiron Point (Nilkamal), Katka and Tin Kona island. These places offer the best vantage points for watching tigers, deer, monkeys, crocodiles and birds. Another major attraction inside the Sundarban is Dublachar (island), a fishing village. Herds of spotted deer often come to graze here.
Ratargul Swamp Forest
Situated in north-eastern district of Sylhet, Ratargul Swamp Forest is one of the few freshwater swamp forests in the world. Tourists prefer to visit the forest during monsoon season and hire boats have the tour around.