Simlipal National Park is a safe and haven place for Leopard, Gaur, Elephant, Langur, Barking and Spotted Deer, Sloth Bear Mongoose, Flying Squirrel, Porcupine, Turtle, Monitor Lizard, Python, Sambar, Pangolin, Crocodile and Four horned Antelope. More than 230 species of birds like the Grey Hornbill, Indian Pied Hornbill, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Indian Trogon, Red Jungle Fowl, Hill Mynah, Peafowl, Alexandrine Parakeet, and Crested Serpent Eagle can found here. Similipal is also home for a large number of reptiles like snakes and turtles.
Similipal is Spread over an area of 2750 sq. kms, the park is at an altitude of 559.31 meters. Simlipal Tiger Reserve is famous for best care of tigers in india.
Other attractions of the Simlipal National Park are Mugger crocodiles at Jashipur apart from Barehipani and Joranda waterfalls.
There are 42 species of major mammals 242 species of birds and 30 species of reptiles recorded so far in the Reserve. Tiger, Panther, Elephant, Gaur, and four horned antelope etc. are found in different levels of bounty. Ratel, Pangolin, Giant squirrel, sambar and Cheetal are among the other few worth mentioning. Out of the Indian checklist have 7% reptiles, 20% birds and 11% mammals.
In Simlipal Safari is best recognize with four vehicles, which is organized by the jungle authority, especially for the jeep safari. An open 4WD safari vehicle is allowed and available for the visitors to check the daily game drives.
The activities include:
- Bird watching
- Nature walk
- Tribal Village Tour
- Waterfalls visit
How to Reach
Mayurbhanj, on the junction of NH 5 and NH 6, is 170 km from Bhubaneswar
Nearest railway station is Balasore (60 km from Baripada), served by major trains running on the South-Eastern sector.
Nearest airports are Bhubaneswar (270 kms) and Kolkata (240 km)
Best Time to Visit
Similipal is usually open for visitors from the beginning of November till the onset of the monsoons.
- Day visitors can enter between 6 AM & 12 Noon and visitors with reservation between 6 AM & 2 PM.
- Similipal remains open from 1st November to 15th June only.