Taking its name from the abundance of semul or red silk cotton trees that bloom vividly here, the Simlipal National Park is home to three of India’s biggest animal species –Tiger, Asian Elephant and Gaur. Spread over a sprawling 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.
Taking its name from the abundance of semul or red silk cotton trees that bloom vividly here, the Simlipal National Park is home to three of India’s biggest animal species -Tiger, Asian Elephant and Gaur. Spread over a sprawling 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.
How To Reach :
By Air : Biju Patnaik International Airport Bhubaneswar, 195Kms away from the spot. Kolkata Airport is 342kms away
By Train: Nearest Railway Station – Balasore which is 112Kms away.
By Road: Baripada which is 109 Kms away.
Nearby Attractions :
On the bank of River Khairi with planned landscaping and surrounded by wooded hillocks, Gurguria gives the feeling of a hill station. The orchidarium with 63 indigenous orchids in pots is very attractive during summer when it flowers. The main attraction is elephant ride and hill trekking. Accommodation with catering facility and conference hall are available
The site was chosen by his Majesty the Maharaja of Mayurbhanj state in olden days where a forest resort was constructed, now converted to a Forest Rest House. Amidst the Sal forest, resounded by the voice of birds, like hill myna, frequented by herbivores like Elephants, Deer and Sambar in the meadow.
Barehipani resembles the shape of a rope locally known as Barehi. The rolling waterfall with a height of 217 mtrs presents a majestic view with reverberating sound in the gorge from where the River Budhabalanga runs to the plain land.
The waterfall from a height of 181 mtrs touches the ground on the gorge perpendicularly. Tourist cottage with cooking provision is available. Elephants, Deer and Sambars frequent the saltlick near the campus as the sun sets in the nature unfolds the beauty through vast stage of green lush vegetation.
A green valley with crop lands, Nawana thrills the heart during the winter. The lifestyle of the tribals residing in the valley is also a point of attraction.
Situated on the confluence of Khairi and Bhandan Rivers emerging from Similipal, Ramtirtha is a place of worship attached to the sentiment of Hindus due to its mythological importance. It is a place of picnic with an Astral garden and Gharial Research Centre. Accommodations for the tourists in cottages with catering facilities are available throughout the year.
A place of religious importance of Hindus, is a site of attraction for picnickers due to the picturesque beauty of a small waterfall and a gorge filled with water.
Lulung is situated at the entrance of the park on the bank of a tributary to River Palpala with perennial water flow. The crystal clear water with pebbles of different sizes on the River bed and dense forest on both sides of the River wins the heart of the people to assemble for picnic. A tourist lodge, run by Orissa Tourism Development Corporation, caters the needs of the tourists.
Deokund is located on the bank of River Deo, while meandering on the hills, place of worship by the Hindus. The temple of Goddess Ambika was built up by the Royal Dynasty of Mayurbhanj in ancient period. The cascade touching the base of the temple falls on a gorge where the River rests awhile and further follows its course. It is the most lovable picnic spot.
A place of pilgrimage for the Hindus, famous for granite carving temple of Goddess Kichkeswari built by the Maharaja of Mayurbhanj. Granite carvings are available in temple premises for sale.
River Baitarani pierces through a hill rock. A picnic spot and place of congregation during Makar Sankranti. Famous for scenic beauty.
Where To Stay :
Visitors can make night halt in 3 nature camps inside Similipal i.e. Gurguria Nature Camp, Jamuani Nature Camp, Kumari Nature Camp. Ramatirtha Nature Camp is located close to Similipal Tiger Reserve at Jashipur. With different wild calls piercing through the silence of the forest, Gurguria, Jamuani, Kumari & Ramtirtha Nature Camps, criss crossing the dense forests in the heart of the Park offers a lifetime experience to its visitors. The unique traditions & culture of the primitive forest dwelling tribes of Similipal is another attraction for the people visiting the landscape. As one moves from one nature camp to the other the change in the type of vegetation and landscape is distinct. From birding to trekking or camping in the comfortable accommodations in the midst of forests beneath the starry sky, Similipal offers varied experience to all its visitors. During Monsoon and winters visitors can see swirls of mist below over the hills, in lower reaches rivers and waterfalls swaying rhythmically in the forested valleys, gives hair raising experience to the travellers. Summers are cooler in Similipal and the forest canopy displays different colours of vegetation and flowers during this period.
All the 5 Nature Camps are approachable via Jashipur on NH-6 (connects Kolkata to Mumbai). Jashipur is 117 Kms from Baripada and 290Kms from Kolkatta.
1-Ramatirtha Nature Camp at Jashipur which is on the bank of river khairi has 10 number of luxury accommodations (4 rooms in Debasthali Cottage, 3 Tribal Cottages, AC dormitory 1no & Non-AC dormitory 2 nos). Ramatirtha has a Crocodile Rearing Centre. The place also has mythological importance in History of Odisha.
2-Gurguria, Kumari & Jamuani Nature Camps are 24 Kms from Jashipur.
-There are 14 nos of eco-cottages in Jamuani (Santhali Cottage- 9 rooms, 4 nos of tents, Bamboo Cottage- 1no).
3-14 nos of comfortable cottages are in Kumari Nature Camp (8 nos of Santhali Cottages, 4 nos of Bamboo Cottages & 2 nos of Kumari Manchan). Within the vast stretches of Jungle and Pine forest.
4-There are 7 nos of cottages in Gurguria Nature Camp (4 nos of rooms in Pine Villa, 2 cottages and 1 Bamboo Hut).There is an Orchidarium in Gurguria with 63 indiginous Orchids which looks beautiful in summer when those flower.
There is also Elephant Ride facility here. All the Four Nature Camps in Similipal have catering facilities and food is prepared and served to the eco-tourists staying in the nature camps by the community members. Similipal Nature Camps are famous for its local cuisine prepared by the natives.
BAREHIPANI NATURE CAMP
Barehipani Eco-tourism Complex is located at Barehipani (Muktapur). It is a picturesque site surrounded by lush green Sal trees.
How To Reach :
|Bhubaneswar||Joshipur via Cuttack-Jajpur-Anandapur-Karanjia||252 km||3 hr 50 min|
|Kolkata||Joshipur via Howrah-Kharagpur-Bangiriposi||290 km||4 hr|
|Baripada||Joshipur via Bangiriposi||117 km||2 hr 35 min|
Nearest Airport :
- Biju Pattanaik International Airport , Bhubaneswar
- Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata
Important Points :
- Visitors can collect entry permit from the booking counter at Jashipur (Khairi Niwas Campus) or at Pithabata ( Baripada) depending upon the point of entry .
- Tourists should be advised to use vehicles with ground clearance 180 mm or more for movement inside Similipal area .