The Similipal National Park is one of the earliest parks to come under Project Tiger. It is located in the forest belt of north Orissa. It was the erstwhile hunting preserve of the Maharajas of Mayurbanj.Similipal covering an area of 2750 sq kms was declared in 1973 as one of the nine Project Tiger reserves in the country. It is a vast tract of stately sal forests with beautiful waterfalls, grassy valley and twelve rivers run across its expanse.Similipal tiger reserve is home to panthers, tigers, gaur, bisons, antelopes, sambar, mouse deer the tiniest of the deer family. There are more than 223 species of birds. Permits are needed to obtain prior to the visit to the tiger reserve. The best time to visit is from October to early June.
How to get there
The nearest airports are Bhubaneswar (270 kms) and Kolkata (291kms from Jashipur and 253 kms from Baripada)
Balasore on the south eastern Railway, 60 kms from Baripada and 76 kms from Lulung
Where to Stay
Accommodation is available in Forest Rest house