Sunday, February 25, 2024

Tourism      Wildlife      Tiger Reserve      Orissa     Mayurbhanj    

North Simlipal National Park & Tiger Reserve




Mayurbhanj district, Orissa

Best season


October to June

Nearest Town


Baripada (20km)

Main attraction


Elephants, tigers, singing Hill Myena

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Set up in 1956, the North Simlipal National Park became one of the Project Tiger reserves of India in 1973. It is spread over in Mayurbhanj district adjoining Bihar and West Bengal. The park consist of hills and valleys, traversed by brooks, perennial rivers and waterfalls. Influenced by the ecology of both the eastern and western parts of the subcontinent on account of its position, the confluence makes the forest home to exceedingly rare and diverse flora and fauna.

Hill MyenaThe vegetation ranges from semi-evergreen to moist deciduous and extreme dry deciduous forests. There are extensive grasslands, Sal forests and innumerable medicinal and aromatic plants also. The Simlipal national park is a treasure house of 501 species of plants belonging to102 families. 82 species of orchids have also been identified here. The park is famous for elephants and singing hill myena.

Other fauna found are tiger, leopard, pangolin, sloth bear, Indian wolf gaur, chital, mouse deer, flying squirrel, mugger crocodile, python, hornbill, peafowl etc.Hyena, Jackal and Vultures constitute the Scavengers. The best months for visiting the park are October to June. The park remains open from 15th Oct to 15th June. Winters are severe and park also have heavy rainfall. The entrances to the park are at Lulung (20km from Baripada) or on the western side at Jashipur (95km from Baripada). Jeeps and private cars are allowed inside the park. The Barehipani Waterfall (399 mtrs) and the Joranda fall (150 mtrs) are well worth a visit as is the mugger crocodiles at Jashipur.The entry permit is issued from forest offices at Jashipur or Range Officer, Pithabata at Pithabata Check Gate. The entry timing are from 0600 to 1400 hours.