Guidelines – Do’s & Don’ts

You can make your visit more enjoyable and help in the conservation of Sundarbans National Park by observing the following:

Do’s

  • Avoid drinking tap water and prefer filtered water or coconut water.

  • Do not carry mineral water unless it is part of your medication as Sundarbans is a “No Plastic Zone”.

  • Carry some light snacks (like fruits, nuts, etc.) to munch on.

  • Carry sunglass, hat, and sunscreen lotion.

  • Preferably carry cash as the possibility of accessing ATMs is remote. Only ATM, maintained by SBI, is available at Gosaba.

  • Carry common medicines for fever, cough, cold, etc.

  • Most importantly, carry flashlight with spare batteries.

  • Carry spare rechargeable batteries and / or Power banks for your camera, phone, and other electronic items as you might not get a chance to recharge the batteries.

Don’ts

  • Do not carry any polythene bag as Sunderbans National Park is a “No Plastic Zone”.
  • Do not throw overboard any trash while on the boat and/or cruise.

  • Do not play loud music or make any such noise which could disturb wildlife.

  • A thumb-rule to adhere for safety is that no one should disembark the boat unless as directed by the guide or operator.

  • Do not enter the Sunderbans National park / Tiger reserve without valid permit. Permits, which are mandatory, are available from Sunderban Tiger Reserve’s offices at Canning, Sonakhali, Sajnekhali.

  • Staying within the Sunderbans National Park/Tiger reserve area is permitted only from Sunrise to Sunset.
  • Hunting, fishing, damaging flora & fauna in core area, and movement within non-permitted forest areas is a serious offence.

Regulations by the forest department

  • Appreciate the colours and sounds of nature.

  • Treat the Protected Area/wilderness area with respect.

  • Dress in colours that blend with the natural environment.

  • Observe the sanctity of holy sites, respect local customs.

  • Keep a reasonable distance from wild animals, and do not provoke them.

  • Do not light fires, or smoke inside protected areas. Accidental forest fires cause irreparable damage. Camp fire, camping etc are not allowed.

  • No entry after sunset and before sunrise is permitted in the Protected Area. Night driving is strictly prohibited in the Protected Area.

  • Entry in the sanctum sanctorum (Core area) of the Protected Area and movement outside tourist zone is prohibited.

  • Playing of transistors, tape-recorders, stereos and bringing in pets are not permitted in the Protected Area. Shouting, loud singing, making noise, teasing or chasing of animals are prohibited.

  • Carrying of guns, fire arms, weapons, bows, arrows and crackers, inflammable materials are strictly prohibited, as per the provisions of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972, and is punishable by law.

  • Cooking in rooms is strictly prohibited.

  • Carrying packed food and eating it within the Protected Area is strictly prohibited. Carelessly throwing and leaving litter, peels of fruits, etc is strictly prohibited.

  • Damage of plant or animal life is strictly prohibited.

  • Feeding wild animals and captive elephants by tourists are not permitted.

  • Hunting and fishing are strictly prohibited.

  • Fast driving (speed more than 20 km. per hour) and blowing of horn inside the Protected Area is strictly prohibited.

  • Tourists are not allowed to move out of the lodge complex on foot.

  • Use of flash light or photography of wild animals is not allowed.

  • Smoking on elephant back is strictly prohibited.

  • Bathing in the river water is not allowed.

Sunderbans — Fact File

  • The area was declared as Protected Forest in the year 1878
  • It was declared as Reserve Forest in the year 1928

  • One of the first nine Tiger Reserves declared under the Project Tiger Scheme in the year 1973

  • A part of the Tiger Reserve was notified as the Sajnakhali Wildlife Sanctuary having an area of 362.33 sq km in the year 1976

  • The National Park Areas was inscribed as a Natural World heritage Site in the year 1987

  • The Tiger Reserve along with adjoining forest areas and human habitations were declared as Sunderban Boisphere Reserve in 1989

  • The Sunderban Biosphere Reserve was recognised as a Global Biosphere Reserve in 2001

  • 1699.62 sq km of the Tiger Reserve was declared as Critical Tiger Habitat in the year 2007

Climate

  • October to February — winter (cold and temperate)
  • March to May — summer (hot and humid)
  • June to September — monsoon (wet and windy)