( Similipal )
the National Park, covering an area of 2,750 Sq. Km, has been selected
as one of the nine tiger projects in India . For a nature loving
tourist,the entire Similipal with its ever green sal forests,extensive
grassy lands and luxuriant waterfalls provide an element of abiding
interest. A package tour of the area could consist of the waterfalls
of Barehipani (450 metres) and Joranda (150 metres) ,the grassy
lands of Bachhurichara, cloud kissing Meghasani peak (1,158 metres)
and areas around bristling with rich wildlife. The talking mynas,
beautiful peacocks, roaring tigers, trumpeting tuskers and fleeing
deer are but added attractions for a pleasure of holidaying at Similipal.
Mayurbhanj district of Orissa is the home of one of the most important
National Parks not only of
Orissa, but also of the country. Spread over an area of 2,750 sq.
km, the park was specially chosen by Project Tiger for continuing
the onerous task of conserving the country's depleting tiger population.
This Tiger Reserve has over 95 Royal Bengal Tigers within its lavish
bounds. Leopards, elephants, mugger crocodiles and numerous reptiles
abound here. Over 231 species of birds.The vast expanse and changing
topography as well as the vegetational and climatic variations in
Similipal have been the major reasons for the successful breeding
of the flora and fauna.
offers an excellent exposure to the delights not only of its wildlife
but also of its wonderful natural beauty. Scenic beauty of the lush
forests and mountains and valleys is as extravagant as it is varied.
The best way to see as much as possible would be to take a package
tour which would take in the Barehipani waterfall (399 meters) and
the Joranda waterfall (150 meters), the lush grasslands of Bachhuri
Chara, the Meghasani peak(1,158 meters) and the wildlife in the
environs. Joshipur, one of the two entry points to the park, has
a crocodile sanctuary; the other entry point being Lulung.
visiting Similipal National Park, prior permission is to be obtained
from the Field Director, Similipal Tiger Project, Baripada, district
By road and rail.
time to visit: Similipal is usually open for visitors from the
begining of November till the onset of the monsoons.