SIMILIPAL NATIONAL PARK

It’s the Similipal National Park which is also famous as a tiger reserve is located in Mayurbhanja district of Odisha. It is also a part to Similipal Kuldiah Hadgarh Elephant Reserve that is also known as Mayurbhanja Elephant Reserve. For this reserve, there are 3 protected areas added like Hadgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, Similipal Tiger Reserve as well as Kuldiah Wildlife Sanctuary. It’s the name of this sanctuary was assigned after the semul or the red silk cotton trees that are present here in great numbers. This park is established on a protected area that covers 845.70 sq km. there are also some amazing waterfall located in this sanctuary such as Barehipani, and Joranda.

There are near about ninety-nine Royal Bengal Tigers as well as 432 Elephants used to live here. Apart from this the jungle of Similipal is also famous for the Indian Bison, orchidarium and chausingha. This sanctuary can be accessed from Pithabata via Baripada. It can also be accessed through Jashipur. It’s the Range Officer who will assign the entry pass. At the Pithabata check post, you need to pay the entry fees and enter the Similipal Sanctuary. During the day time, you can enter this place from morning 6 to noon 12 and you can take reservation from morning 6 to 9. It remains open from 1st Oct to 15th June. Since the year 2009, this reserve is also listed with the UNESCO World Network Biosphere Reserve.

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