Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on Burirdabri Forest Camp and Burirdabri watch Tower:
Q. Where is Burirdabri Forest Camp?
A. The Burirdabri Forest Camp, or the Burirdabri Beat Eco Tourism Complex falls under the Bashirhat Range of the Sundarbans Tiger reserve. It can be reached ONLY by
Q. Is Burirdabri same as Burirdabri Forest Camp?
The Burirdabri Forest Camp, or the Burirdabri Beat Eco Tourism Complex is commonly known as Burirdabri. The watch Tower at the Burirdabri camp is famous for its watchtower, a mud walk and mangrove cage trail leading to a view point known as Raimongal View Point.It falls under the Bashirhat Range of the Sundarbans Tiger reserve. It can be reached ONLY by hired boat or launch
Q. Where are the Boat starting points for visiting Burirdabri?
Sundarbans Tiger Reserve has a number of Entry Point Jetties.These are at Canning, Sonakhali, Godhkhali as well as Jharkhali. There are also a few other entry points at Dhamakhali Sandeshkhali. Boat services
can be availed from these jetties ONLY upon prior and advance booking.
Q. Can I go directly to Burirdabri?
A. Burirdabri can be visited only after obtaining Entry Permission. Entry permissions are issued from Sajnekhali as well as Bagna. So one can visit Burirdabri only after obtaining requisite permission. Entry permits are often pre arranged by Tour Operators if tourists visit Burirdabri as part of Composite Tour Packages
Q. Where can you hire a boat in advance to visit Burirdabri?
There are no Regular and organised Boat Rentals service from any of the Entry Point jetties. You can call Boat Owners directly
to book or hire boats in advance to visit the Burirdabri Watch Tower. You can also join Fixed day Tour packages operated by tour operators in case you do not want to personally charter or hire a boat.
Q. How far is Burirdabri from Godhkhali?
A. To visit Godhkhali, Entry Permission and Recognised Guides have to be obtained from Sajnekhali.So one has to visit Sajnekhali before visiting Burirdabri.Sajnekhali can be reached from Godhkhali by boat in 2:30 - 3:00 hrs, depending upon tide conditions. Thereafter, one can reach Burirdabri in about 3:30 - 4:00 hrs.
Q. What are the places to visit near Burirdabri or with Burirdabri?
A. A tour of Burirdabri is often combined with Jhingakhali beat. A few adventurous also visit Khatuajhuri Beat as well as the Harikhali Beat. This trip and circuit takes an entire day.
Q. How many days are required to visit the Burirdabri Forest Camp from Sajnekhali zone?
A. Burirdabri Forest Camp can be reached from Sajnekhali in 3:30 - 4:00 hrs depending upon the tides. However, a visit just to visit the Burirdabri Forest camp would be a futile effort unless one visits the narrow creeks and canals in the vicinity of the Burirdabri Forest camp. So, a minimum of 2 night 3 days tour is a bare minimum to visit the Burirdabri Circuit area and its vicinity. However, a longer period tour of 3N 4D is desired.
Q. How many days are required to visit Sundarbans?
A. Sundarbans comprises of a number of Ranges. The Bashirhat range comprises of the Bagna Beat, Burirdabri Beat, Jhingekhali Beat, Khatuajhuri Beat and the Harinbhanga Beat (in Harikhali). To cover this area a minimum of 1 day is required. However, a longer period tour of 3N 4D is desired.
Q. Which is the best time to visit Burirdabri Watch tower?
Burirdabri Watch Tower can be reached after crossing wide rivers. These rivers have a lot of waves even during normal times. The situation becomes dangerous during the months of April till September, when the trip can be undertaken only in sturdy boats and Launches. Hence, Burirdabri is best visited during the months of October till March. However, as stated earlier, only big and safe boats and launches
are suitable for the other months.