Tourist's dos and don'ts
- Park is the home of the animals and the visitors are the guests. Respect animals and their habits.
- Visitors are advised to be in touch with contact person for entry and reservation in the park. There is little hope of getting accommodation without prior reservation. Park the vehicles at the places set apart for the same.
- Switch off lights, fans and close water taps wherever available when not in use.
- Wear some kind of inconspicuous Khaki, Olive green or grey clothing. Bright clothes particularly white and red are inadvisable. Avoid wearing colour clothing that jar on the eye. Avoid using perfumes.
- Guides are available at the entrance of the park. A guide is must on all excursions within the park. He knows the park well and can answer all questions.
- Entry after sunset and before sunrise is not permitted in the park. Night driving is strictly prohibited in the park.
- Keep strictly to the road. During excursions always remain in the vehicle. Walking after the animal is not safe.
- Keep a good distance between vehicles. Allow the animals some time to settle down and get used to the presence of vehicles on the park roads.
- Animals have the right of way, stop vehicles if an animal is crossing
the road. It is a good wildlife ethic moreover
it offers a good opportunity to observe the animals.
- If an animal is resting or grazing by the roadside, slowdown or stop the vehicle. Watch the wildlife at leisure.
- Most animals have a keen sense of hearing and alien sounds startle them. Do not sound the vehicle's horn or talk loudly.
- Animals can look for their own food. Do not feed the wild animals. They may fall sick they may even die.
- A forest has its own particular sound and when in a forest listens to them. Playing of Audio/Video cassette players, musical instruments and transistors in the park is not allowed.
- Do not use a flash for photography. Sudden blinding light alarms the animals.
- While on excursions avoid smoking. Forests are vulnerable to fire especially during the spring and summer months. Negligence however trifling may cause a widespread fire. Visitors are advised not to kindle any fire or throw away lit matches, cigarette/bidi butts in the forests or on forest roads. Do immediate help to put out any fires, if any occurs.
- Carry mineral water and other soft drinks, Binoculars and Camera loaded with fast film while on excursions. Do not throw waste material or food and this could be harmful to the inhabitants. Be a vegetarian and it is good for health also.
- Litter cans and garbage bins are provided and use them. Do not throw litter, peels of fruits etc around the park carelessly. The visitor who follows next should not feel that the park has been dirtied. Do not carry especially plastic bags or containers or throw them after use in the parks. Containers of biodegradable nature are recommended. Cooking and lighting fire is prohibited inside the park.
- Keep a safe distance from the animals. Respect their privacy and visitors will be rewarded with hours of undisturbed viewing. Move only in areas meant for the visitors.
- Maintain absolute silence during elephant rides, in vehicles and on the watchtowers, otherwise, the visitors may miss the chance of observing wildlife. Children's must be kept under control and guarded too.
- Fishing is prohibited in the park areas.
- Do not damage plant or animal life.
- Pets are not allowed in the park.
- Carrying of guns, fire alarms, inflammable materials in the park are prohibited.
- Bicycles, motorcycles, scooters and three wheelers are not allowed in the park.
- Shouting, teasing or chasing animals and pelting stones and other activities, which cause injury or damage to wild animals, are prohibited. People under intoxication are not allowed to enter the park.
- Fast driving and blowing horn is strictly prohibited.
- Tell all to follow the code of the park, and inform the authorities if any contraventions are noticed and do restrain others from damaging the park.
- Animals may not be seen all the time. So be patient and maintain peace during the visit. Do not be disappointed even if you do not see any animal, as you have enjoyed Nature if not the wildlife.
- Early mornings and late afternoons are best suited to visit the home of animals. Visitors must protect themselves against rain, cold and sun.
- Do not swim in unfamiliar water.
- Be careful during a boat ride. Do not do anything that can rock the boat. Don't bend to touch water.
- Carry a notebook, park map and record anything interesting. Travel light and do not carry any valuables except cameras and binoculars.
- Do not travel alone especially in elephant rides.
- Trekkers must use jungle boots, caps, and walking sticks for safety.
- Carry medicines for common ailments including antivenin serum.
- Do not take anything from the sanctuary without
the permission of the concerned.
- Carry and use a field guidebook on birds and animals.
- Try to use petrol driven vehicle, as it is less noisy. Make sure that the vehicle selected is reliable.
- Do not venture out alone in unknown track, follow used tracks.
- Small groups should be formed rather than a big one. Do not overstay inside the sanctuary and report back at the entry gate at the appointment time.
- Make full use of local guides and tribal. They are likely to be illiterate but that only means they have had more time for learning about the jungle and wildlife and plants there on.
- Look out for sign and information board's enrooted. Be alert and avoid going near to either carnivore or Sloth bear. Never play mischief with any animal.
- Be careful on sight of lonely tuskers. In case of a chase, run down the hills.
- Participate and offer valuable advice, on improvement, protection and on wildlife resources.
- Be law abiding. Declare your firearms and avoid disturbing the animals in their habitat.
- Help and encourage breeding of the animals and avoid interference during the breeding season.
- Book your seats for elephant's rides or boat rides on your arrival well in advance when they are available to avoid disappointment.
- A morning elephant rides or on vehicles start early before sunrise so store sufficient water in buckets in the bathroom at nights so that the visitors will get ready on time.
- Do not unduly get alarmed or frightened while getting on to elephant back and while sighting a tiger confined in the open, surrounded by elephants and visitors acts may enrage or provoke the tiger.
- Protect from hanging branches of trees and bamboos while going on a vehicle or elephant back on the feeder roads to sight the tiger.
The park is valiantly fighting a major problem in the shape of ivory and Sandalwood smuggling. A lot of the funds allocated to the park are spent just in trying to eradicate this problem of ivory poaching and illegal felling of sandalwood trees. The park is surrounded by other reserves like Nagarhole, Mudumalai and Wynaad, which provide excellent escape routes for the very jungle wise miscreants.