Similipal Tiger Reserve

Baripada
National Parks & Wildlife Sanctuaries

Simlipal Is Your Go-To Place For Trekking, Camping And Wildlife Safaris

Sayani posted on 9th April

Ten-Second Takeaway

The heat and dust been getting you down? Take some time off to seek respite in wilderness and enjoy some wildlife not too far from you.

In The Jungle, The Mighty Jungle

Once the hunting preserves of Orissa’s Mayurbhanj Maharajas, Simlipal was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1957. Now, it has also come to be a national park and a biosphere reserve that houses a tiger and an elephant reserve, besides the large variety of plants and birds that you can easily spot in the forest. You can hire a car from the nearby town of Jashipur for a day safari and explore the vast stretches of Simlipal’s sylvan forests made of semul {Simlipal derives its name from semul trees full of red flowers} and sal trees.

The salt licks near Chahala are where you can spot a whole lot of animals, from tigers, leopards and elephants to bison, sambar, gaur and others. Alternately, you can try the watch towers located near Chahala and the two sparkling waterfalls of Berehipani and Joranda.

What Else Can I Do There?

Besides spotting wildlife, you can also go fishing at Berehipani or else head to Gurguria in Simlipal to catch hundred different species of colourful orchids at the orchidarium.

The Simlipal sanctuary is also a great place for you to go trekking. One of the most popular treks you can take is the one between Brundaban and Chahala. The seven kilometre trek from Sitakund to Machhkandna, and the shorter one between Uski village and Uski waterfall are also popular among eco tourists here.

You can also avail birdwatching trips for rare sightings of hornbills, hill mynas, brown wood owl, orange headed thrush and others. For more trekking options and bird watching trips get in touch with the National Park office at Jashipur or with the office of the Ranger Officer at Pitabhata.

The sanctuary has three campsites – Gurguria, Jamuani and Kumari – situated within the confines of the national park, and another – Ramtirtha – situated close by. For camping you can make a pick of tents, bamboo cottages, dorms, tribal cottages or even luxury rooms. Get more details for booking your stay here.

With small tribal villages bordering the forest reserve, Simlipal also offers an interesting opportunity to take culture tours to the nearby tribal villages and hamlets.

How Do I Get There?

The easiest way to reach Simlipal is to take a train to Baripada from Howrah. From Baripada it’s a journey by road to reach Simlipal. Alternatively, you can take a flight o Bhubaneshwar and drive down from Bhubaneshwar to Simlipal.

Anything Else?

If nature camps don’t cut the deal for you then try the Panthanivas or the hotels in Baripada for your stay. Don’t forget to check out the Astral garden and the crocodile rearing centre at the Ramtirtha Nature Camp. Located in the higher altitudes of norther  Odisha, the park has several mid-range peaks such as Khairiburu and Meghasani. It also has seven major rivers and their tributaries flowing through. The sanctuary is open from November till mid-June.

So, We're Thinking...

Pack your bags and get down over the weekend. You’ll really unwind here away from the sity and surrounded by nature.

More Information

Similipal Tiger Reserve

National Parks & Wildlife Sanctuaries
Baripada

Distt. Mayurbhanj, Bhanjpur, Baripada, Odisha

Similipal Tiger Reserve

Baripada
National Parks & Wildlife Sanctuaries