The only legal way to travel independently into the Sundarbans from Mongla is on a day trip to the Karamjal Forest Station. With raised walkways and viewing platforms, the Karamjal Forest Station is hardly the back of beyond, but surprisingly in recent years it’s been one of the best places to actually see a tiger.

Think of it as a fun boat trip rather than an off-the-beaten-track safari adventure and you won’t leave disappointed. If you do see a tiger, consider it an unexpected bonus.

Within the forest station is a crocodile breeding centre managed by the forest department, which aims to restore the previously threatened croc population in the region's rivers. The star crocodiles here are Romeo and Juliet and their offspring Pilpil, who live in a secured lake, respond to calls and gulp down live chicken twice a week.