In a district which is densely populated by man, there are several indications of man’s efforts to preserve the sanctity of nature and help the other animals survive in their natural habitat. One such example of man’s effort to preserve nature is the reserved forest in Simlipal.  Simlipal National Park is one of the most important sanctuaries in India. This mass of reserved forest is located in the district of Mayurbhanj in Orissa. The park is spread over a large area, which in total amounts to around 850 sq. km. In this wide expanse of the forest, there are several varieties of endangered species that are being preserved. Also, the terrain is decorated by two waterfalls.

Travel Tips

Similar National Park is known to be a cerebral-malaria prone zone. So make sure that you avoid mosquito bites. Take immediate medical help in case symptoms of fever are detected. Also, keep in mind that the park is open for tourist only between the months of October and June.

When to visit

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Things to do

Given the sheer expanse of the park and the numerous varieties of animals that can be seen here, Simlipal National Park is one where you can expect never to have a moment’s dullness. The reserved forest is known for its elephant and tiger population. There are several varieties of endangered animals that can be found here. In all, the park plays host to 42 species of mammals, and 30 species of reptiles. Some of the animals that you are likely to come across during your trip to the park are SÄ�mbhar, Leopard, Choushingha, Barking deer, Gaur, Jungle cat, Wild boar, Giant squirrel and Common langur. It is not only the animals that make this park special. There are several hundred varieties of birds that you can see. Some of them are migratory in nature. Some of the commonly seen birds are Grey Hornbill, Red Alexandrine Parakeet, Jungle fowl, Indian Pied Hornbill, Peacock, Crested Serpent Eagle, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Hill Mynah, and Indian Trogon. There around 242 species of birds in the park. Apart from that, Similar National Park is also known for its crocodile and snake population. The mugger crocodile has been rehabilitated here. The flora of the park also adds to its charms. There are many varieties of flowering plants along with medicinal herbs. There are 96 different types of orchids only. Also can be found is the eucalyptus tree. There is also the facility of taking part in a trekking expedition that will lead you through various parts of the park. You should also visit the two waterfalls that are within the perimeter of the park. Barheipani Falls and Jaranda Falls are both picturesque and provide a magnificent sight of water crashing on rocks in the backdrop of dense forest.

Getting Around

Once you are within the area of Simlipal National Park, the ride is provided for by the guided tourist packages. You can also hire a private car of your own and use that for getting around. Given the sheer size of the park, it is a good idea to have a car at your disposal. As for exploring the other places in the district, you can either hire a cab or avail of the public transportation. Bicycles can also be rented in case you feel like touring the district on cycle.

Places to Stay

As the zoo is in the heart of the city, there are many hotels for you to choose from. Depending on your budget, you can pamper yourself by booking a suite at a luxury hotel, or rent a room in one of the more pocket friendly affairs.

How to Reach

  • In case you are planning to go to the park by plane, you need to get off at the airport in Bhubaneswar. You can also take a plane to the Kolkata airport and from there drive directly to the park. The distance in each case is around 250 km.
  • The nearest major rail station is at Bhubaneswar. You can take a train to Bhubaneswar from any major stations in India. The station is well connected to other parts of the country. Tickets can be booked online from sites like,, and The fare can be expected to be between Rs.1600 and Rs.3000, depending on what type of compartment you choose to travel in.
  • If you are going by road, there are two entry points from which you need to enter the park. One entry point is at Pithabata, which can be reached by NH5. The other entry point to the park is through Jashipur. This entrance can be reached via NH6. You can rent a car for the journey from local tourist agencies or car rental services.

Surrounding Attractions

There are several spots of tourist attraction in the ancient district of Mayurbhanj. Khiching is full of ancient buildings which are of great tourist attractions. The temple of Kichakeswari in Khiching is well known for its architecture. You can also make a trip to Deokund, which an hour and a half drive away and a cab ride can cost approximately 500 to 600 INR. The forest locale has a beautiful waterfall and a temple to Ambika on the top of the hill. You might also be interested in making a trip to Harper, which was the ancient capital of the Bhang dynasty.

Important Numbers

Tourist Officer: 91-6792-252710

Police Station: 91-6792-252289

District Head Quarters Hospital: 91-6792-252629