Simlipal National Park In Odisha Opens Again After The Monsoon

Nov 10, 2022, 11:43 IST

Simlipal National Park reopens after the monsoon

The Simlipal National Park in Odisha has now been reopened to wildlife enthusiasts after the monsoon 

Simlipal National Park in the Mayurbhanj district of Odisha is one of the largest tiger reserves in the country and cocoons a number of wildlife species. It derives its name from the Simul (silk cotton) tree. 


Renowned for its great biodiversity, the park is spread over 2,570 square kilometres, and, besides being a haven for wildlife, is also a place where you will find a large number of varied species of endemic fauna, set amid lush greenery, dense forest and beautiful meadows. The park is also dotted with stunning waterfalls (below) such as the Joranda and Barehipani ones. At least 12 rivers cut across the plain area and drain into the Bay of Bengal.

 

Simlipal National Park reopens after the monsoon - Waterfalls dot the park


Visitors will also be able to marvel at the almost-hundred varieties of orchids that the national park hosts. Gurguria has an orchidarium with 63 indigenous orchids in pots, so you can get a closer look.
 


The park also hosts the highest population of tigers in the state of Odisha, and also being home to herds of elephants and flocks of hill mynah.

Simlipal National Park reopens after the monsoon
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The park, situated in Mayurbhanj, is known to have earlier been the hunting ground of the erstwhile rulers of the province - which is why it now makes one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries in the country. 


Now, the national park has reopened to wildlife enthusiasts and visitors after the monsoon. This reopening comes after a period of about five months; the last time the park gates were open to visitors was June 16.


Once visitors get to Simlipal National Park, the forest rest house is available to stay at. The sanctuary can be explored via a jeep safari, and local cuisine can be enjoyed in a nearby restaurant. 


The best time to visit Simlipal National Park is in the winter season, so now is the time to start planning your exploration of this bio reserve. The nearest town to the park i
s Baripada


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