Golpata Eco-Tours

An Alternative to the Sundarbans

  5 days / 4 nights
  No minimum pax

Take a paddleboat and immerse into jungle life.

As the world's largest mangrove forest, the Sundarbans is home to 453 species of wildlife. Venture into the depths of the jungle, marvel at the roots of the millenia-old trees, and surround yourself with the sounds of nature. We don't think you'll see a Royal Bengal Tiger (anyone who says so is lying), but our guests have reported seeing dolphins, deer, flying foxes, monkeys, charismatic birds, and yes, tiger footprints.

Avoid the cruise ships and national park fees. Take a motorless paddleboat into the canals of the jungle. Relax at an eco-cottage by the river. Take a dip in the water, massage your feet in the mud, go for a swim. Immerse youself in village life follow locals as they go fishing for shellfish.

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The Jungle Life of Bangladesh

Day 1: Overnight ferry from Dhaka to Mongla

Day 2-4: Explore jungle, river, and villages at Dhanmari eco-cottages.

Day 5: Khulna – Dhaka by train

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  • Transport according to program
  • English speaking guide
  • Paddleboat costs and boat guides
  • Accomodation
  • All meals at the eco-cottage
Tips, meals before/after Sundarbans, and personal purchases

Day 1: We start in the afternoon from our guesthouse or your hotel to Saderghat, the main port of Dhaka, where we board one of the launches (long-distance cabin ship) or the famous Rocker Steamer towards Sundarbans.

Day 2: Around noon, we will arrive at Mongla and go by engine boat/rickshaw van to Gol Kanon. Overnight stay at Dhangmari eco-cottages overlooking a river leading directly into the jungle, in a village near the Sundarbans jungle. Maybe you'll spot dolphins while we're having dinner!

Day 3: We will take a small paddleboat for our first excursion into the mangrove forest, venturing into the small canals and stopping along the way to explore the area by foot-trail, where we can enjoy the wildlife of the Sundarbans, a UNESCO-protected jungle and the largest mangrove forest in the world. Try to spot the elusive Royal Bengal tiger while covorting with monkeys, deers, flying foxes, 270 endemic species of bird, and many more. After, we'll have the day to relax, walk along the river, or go for a swim. At night, we'll have a delicious meal in another night at the Dhangmari eco-village.

Day 4: In the morning, we can leisure at the village or join local fishermen for crayfish hunting in the early morning. If you're feeling adventurous, we can take another boat ride into the mangrove forest or visit neighbouring villages. After lunch, we head back to Mongla, go by local bus to Khulna, and return by night train (Sundarbans Express) to Dhaka.

Day 5: Arrive in Dhaka in the early morning. We will say goodbye and wish you a happy journey to your next destination. As we say in Bangla, Abar Ashben!

Another Route
Millenia-old mangrove forest tree roots in the UNESCO protected Sundarbans, the largest mangrove jungle in the world | Photo by Golpata Eco Tours in Bangladesh

Into the Jungle: Sundarbans & Bagerhat

6 day / 5 nights

Ride the Rocket. Marvel at Sixty Dome Mosque in Bagerhat. Cruise into the jungle, then venture deeper by foot and river cruise.

#jungle #wildlife #cruises #boat rides #architecture #rice fields

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Banaripari Floating Market near Barisal villages | Photo by Golpata Eco Tours in Bangladesh

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Experience river life and an authentic floating market. Head to secret beaches, buy Rakhine handicrafts, and cross the Bay of Bengal to the Sundarbans.

#rivers #floating markets #handicrafts #beach #villages #rice fields

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