This is an improvement on past figures; however, as the forest department has introduced a number of measures- including masks and electric dummies to scare off man eaters. According to local folk culture, it is still believed that Bonbibi, the goddess of the forest, protects the villagers on their hazardous missions. A posse of armed policemen accompanies all visitors who venture into these 'beautiful forests'
It is believed that Bonbibi, the goddess of the forest, protects the woodcutters, honey-collectors and fishermen on their hazardous missions through the forest. For, as the local saying goes, `here the tiger is always watching you'.
Sunderbans is during winters between September and March. There are regular bus services from Calcutta to this place. But the main areas of the sanctuary can only be accessed only by riverine waterways. The best and the safest way to visit Sunderbans are on conducted tours. One can also avail the services of the private vessels from Canning, Gosaba or Basanti.