"The World Cup is about working hard and preparing right. It's also about ensuring we have a downtime as well. We relax and enjoy the atmosphere. We enjoy the World Cup because it comes once in four years," he said.
"I'd like my boys to soak up the atmosphere and to soak up everything that goes around the event, but obviously work very hard.
"We have to ensure we give the boys enough time to relax and take their minds away from cricket so that when they come back to the ground they are fresh and really keen to go out there and do well."
Dravid's team arrived here on Monday for their Group B matches against Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and debutants Bermuda, with the top two sides qualifying for the next Super Eight stage.
They play their first game against Bangladesh at the Queen's Park Oval here on Saturday.
Dravid said he expected his team to play hard cricket, irrespective of the opposition.
"I expect the team to put up a very professional and clinical performance, irrespective of who we play against. We respect Bangladesh. We have seen what they have done against New Zealand," he said.
"We have to be switched on for that game. I expect everyone to be switched on for every game in the World Cup."
Bangladesh pulled off a major upset when they beat New Zealand by two wickets in a warm-up game at Bridgetown in Barbados last week.
Dravid said his team had been looking forward to playing against Bangladesh.
"We are happy to be in Trinidad. We do enjoy a lot of support here. We are looking forward to playing that game and I think the atmosphere will be very exciting," said the Indian captain.
India were concerned over the form of a couple of players, including opener Virender Sehwag, but the captain said the team were very close to solving the problems ahead of their campaign.
"It's not only India, but other sides also will have one or two things they might still want to sort out or one or two players who might not be in form. You can't have 15 players in form. If you have, it's amazing," he said.
"It's up to others to make up for it if one or two guys are not doing well. We are very happy with the way our team have shaped up, the preparations we had. I feel most of the issues are sort of getting resolved."
Dravid said he also expected his lower-order batsmen to contribute because they could find themselves in a situation where they had to deliver.
"There might be stages in a game where they have to make crucial contributions. There might be one match in the tournament or two, but they could be most important games," he said.
"Credit to them that a lot of them have really improved. They are really working hard on it. We expect runs from them."