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Simlipal Tiger Reserve

TigerSimlipal Tiger Reserve is one of the best reserves of India located in the Mayurbhanj district in the Indian state of Orissa. It was originally the hunting ground of the kings of Mayurbhanj and was designed a tiger reserve in 1956. Spreading over an area of 2,750 sq km, the reserve occupies wonderful terrains composed of hills, twelve rivers, numerous waterfalls, dense Sal forests and a complete eco-system offering a fertile ground to highly endangered wildlife including tigers and leopards. In side the premise of the reserve, Santhal tribes of Orissa reside in complete harmony with other animals.

Best Time : November to June
Entry Fee : Rs 100 (foreigners) and Rs 5 (Indians)
Wildlife Species in the Park
Spotted DeerThe core area of Simlipal Tiger Reserve is based on the riparian zones, perennial streams and meadows. The reserve is densely decorated with mixed vegetation of Northern tropical semi-evergreen forests, Northern tropical moist deciduous forests, dry deciduous hill forests and high-level Sal forests. It has around 501 plant species belonging to 102 families, 82 species of them are the major floral attractions.

Almost all tourist come here to observe tiger which lazily walk in the reserve in broad day light. Forest authorities have confirmed that the reserve has more 100 tigers and leopard in large number. Some other animals which can be frequently seen in the park are sambhars, langurs, barking and spotted deer, chitals, chevrotains, wild dog, wild boar, sloth bears, monkeys, hyenas, porcupines, gaur, elephant and the 'four-horned' antelope. It has also a variety of species which include snakes, turtles, crocodiles etc.

There are around 12 rivers which falls in the Bay of Bengal. These rivers are the popular hangouts of exotic varieties of migratory and native birds. The reserve has around 230 bird species. Some important birds in the park are red jungle fowl, alexandrine parakeet, crested serpent eagle, grey hornbill, indian pied hornbill, malabar pied hornbill, indian trogon hill mynah, peafowl etc.
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Travel (Air/Rail/Road) Information
The Simlipal National Park in Mayurbhanj district well connected with all major cities of India by N.H. 5 and N.H. 6 at Baripada (17 km ). The nearest airport is in Kolkata, West Bengal ( 240 km) and Bhubaneswar (270 km) and both offer regular air service to Delhi and other cities of India. Nearest town Baripada is the main railhead.

Wildlife Lodges/Resorts
All categories of hotels and resorts are available at Chahala which is located 85 km from Baripada.
Average accommodation and dining facilities are also provided within the reserve at tourist lodges. Some more hotels and bungalows can be accessed at Barehapani, Newana, Joranda, Joshipur and Gudgudia, all of them are managed by the forest department.

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