Tourists will be able to visit Similipal National Park starting November 1st.

Baripada: According to an official notification, the authorities of Similipal National Park have decided to open Asia's second-largest biosphere reserve to the public on November 1. The national park will be open to visitors after necessary details are verified, according to the notification.

The Similipal National Park, which includes the Similipal Tiger Reserve (STR), is spread out over 2,750 square kilometres in Odisha's Mayurbhanj district and has been closed to tourists due to the monsoon. However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the park remained closed in May 2021, according to STR Field Director M Yogajayanand.

Tourists will be allowed entry into the national park area through two check gates at Jashipur and Pithabata, according to the notification. Between 6 and 9 a.m., 35 four-wheelers will be allowed entry into the national park at Jashipur, while another 25 similar vehicles will be allowed entry through the Pithabata check gate. During the visit, the authorities also discouraged visitors from bringing any type of plastic with them. Tourists will be able to see some of the major waterfalls, including Barehipani and Joranda. Tourists can spend the night in Gudugudia, Jamuani, Ramathirtha, and Kumari at camp cottages and bamboo cottages. This year, the national park's authorities have also decided to allow visitors to cycle through the scenic and diverse biome of flora and fauna.

Similipal National Park is home to 1,076 plant species from 102 families, as well as 96 orchid species. It also has a plethora of medicinal and aromatic plants, which provide a source of income for the locals.

Notably, Simlipal National Park is home to 42 species of mammals, 242 species of birds, and 30 species of reptiles. Tigers, leopards, Asian elephants, sambar, barking deer, gaur, jungle cat, wild boar, four-horned antelope, giant squirrel, and common langur are among the other mammals.

 

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