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Last Updated On: 29 Mar 2018
Sundarban Dos and Don'ts
You can make your visit more enjoyable and help in the conservation of Sundarbans National Park by observing the following:-
- 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 and fruits with you.
- Carry sunglasses, hats and sun tan lotion.
- Preferably carry cash as possibility of accessing ATM is remote. Only SBI ATM is available at Gosaba.
- Carry common medicines for cough, cold, stomach upset etc.
- Most importantly, carry torch with spare batteries.
- Carry spare batteries for your cameras as you might not get a chance to recharge your batteries.
- Do not carry any polythene bag as Sundarbans National Park is a "No Plastic Zone".
- Do not pollute the pristine habitat by throwing anything out from the boat/Launch.
- Do not play any sound system including loud speakers or shouting as it disturbs wild life and co-visitors thumb rule is that no one should go out of water craft.
- Do not enter in the Sundarbans National park/Tiger reserve without valid permit which can be obtained from Sundarban Tiger reserve’s offices at Canning, Sonakhali, Sajnekhali.
- Staying within the Sundarbans National Park/Tiger reserve area is permitted only from Sunrise to Sunset.
- Hunting, fishing, damage to flora & habitat entry in core area and movement in non permitted forest locations is viewed as 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 Wildlife (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 trash 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.
- Disorderly conduct, misbehavior and drunken state are not permitted in the Forest Lodge and for any offence in this respect the tourist shall be liable to vacate the lodge.
- Heater and other electrical gadgets shall not be used by visitors.
- Seeking entry to the tourist lodge without reservation is prohibited.