Similipal National Park to open for tourists from November 1
However, the park remained closed in May 2021 in view of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, said Field Director of STR M Yogajayanand.The notification said tourists will be allowed entry into the national park area through two check gates at Jashipur and Pithabata.
The authorities of Similipal National Park have decided to open Asia's second-largest biosphere reserve for the public from November 1, an official notification said.
The Similipal National Park comprising the Similipal Tiger Reserve (STR) located in Odisha's Mayurbhanj district is spread over 2,750 sq km, which remained closed for tourists because of the monsoon. However, the park remained closed in May 2021 because of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, said Field Director of STR M Yogajayanand.
The notification said tourists will be allowed entry into the national park area through two check gates at Jashipur and Pithabata. While 35 four-wheelers will be allowed entry into the national park at Jashipur, another 25 similar vehicles to enter through the Pithabata check gate between 6 to 9 am. People will be allowed to visit the national park after verification of necessary details, the notification said.
The authorities also discouraged people from carrying any sort of plastic during the visit. Tourists will have the opportunity to witness some of the major waterfalls like Barehipani and Joranda. The tourist can make night halts at camp cottages and bamboo cottages at Gudugudia, Jamuani, Ramathirtha, Kumari. They can book tickets to visit the national park online on a first-come and first-serve basis by logging into www.similipal.com and odishatourism.gov.in.
A total of around 43,400 tourists had visited the national park last year while a total of Rs 2.35 crore of revenue was collected, said the STR director.
The Similipal National Park houses 1,076 species of plants belonging to 102 families and 96 species of orchids. It also boasts of innumerable medicinal and aromatic plants, which provide a source of earnings for the tribal people.
This apart, a total of 42 species of mammals, 242 species of birds, and 30 species of reptiles have been recorded in Simlipal National Park. The other mammals include tiger, leopard, Asian elephants, sambar, barking deer, gaur, jungle cat, wild boar, four-horned antelope, giant squirrel, and common langur.
The park also has a sizeable population of reptiles, which includes snakes and turtles. Besides Mugger crocodiles are seen on the bank of river Khairi.
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