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সিমলিপাল / Similipal

Similipal National Park

Similipal National Park is a national park and a tiger reserve in the Mayurbhanj district in the Indian state of Odisha covering 2,750 km². It is part of the Mayurbhanj Elephant Reserve, which includes three protected areas — Similipal Tiger Reserve, Hadgarh Wildlife Sanctuary and kuldiha wildlife Sanctuary. Simlipal National Park derives its name from the abundance of Red Silk Cotton Trees growing in the area. It is the 7th largest national park in India.

Sightseeing

Options of Sightseeing around simlipal

Barehipani & Joranda Falls

At a height of almost 500 m, the Barehipani Falls are the second highest waterfalls in the country and one of the main attractions of Simlipal National Park. It is created by the Budhabalanga River as it meanders over the Meghasan mountain. During peak season, crowds can always be seen gathered around the picturesque two-tiered waterfalls trying to capture the perfect picture. The Joranda Falls are situated close to the Barehipani and fall from a height of 152 m that starts off as a single stream and spreads out at the bottom.

Devkund Ponds

The Devkunda Pond is a naturally created water body that receives a steady inflow from a waterfall located nearby. The name Devkunda translates to ‘the bathing spot of gods’; it holds significant religious importance for the local Hindus who bathe in the water to receive the blessings of the gods as well. In addition to this charming pond, a small temple dedicated to the deity Ambika is situated on a hill nearby that was constructed by Rajkumar Prafulla, a researcher and king of Mayurbhaj during the period of British occupation of India.

Chahala

Chahala, The Mayurbhanj Maharaja’s hunting lodge converted into a dak bungalow, Chahala is located in the border of the core area of Simlipal Tiger Reserve and is one of the best spots to sight animals like deer, peacocks and elephants at close range. Solar powered light, here, is the only means to light up the offices and barracks. Chahala is the closest experience you can have of core Simlipal forests

Baripada

Baripada,  is the headquarters of Mayurbhanj district. It also serves as the junction town where travellers arrive before moving on to any one of the entry points to the park, and is a wonderful place to spend some time in before visiting Simlipal. Baripada is well known for the Chhau dance form; most of the Oriya celebrities have their origins in Baripada. This town celebrates its regional festivals with a lot of grandeur, especially Chaitra Parva – the chariot journey of the deity Subhadra, which is carried around town exclusively by the women of the region.

Lulung

Lulung is a tourist destination and entrance to Similipal National Park.It is situated in Kuchilaghati Panchayat, Mayurbhanj District of Odisha in India. It is situated beside Palpala River. It's a good picnic spot, especially in winters. Lulung, is home to many endangered and endemic species of flora and fauna.

Sitakund & Munimath

Located at the foothills of the Simlipal forests, the Sitakund fountain originates from Kalipahad at a height of 2500 ft. Named after Lady Sita, it is a place of religious importance for Hindus and is a popular site among picnickers due to the picturesque beauty of a small waterfall and the gorge filled with water. Located 2 km. from Sitakund, there is an old Siva temple called Munimath in Palpala forest. It is dedicated to the Lord Budheswar, as Lord Shiva is sometimes known

Mugger crocodile Park

This is a crocodile rearing center at Ramatirtha near Jashipur, on the bank of river Khairi. In 1979, Govt. of Odisha first planned to nurture crocodiles in the river for which 115 crocodile babies were brought from Tamil Nadu Crocodile Bank. The center has flourished since then.

Nawana Waterfalls

A green valley with crop lands, Nawana thrills the heart during the winter. The lifestyle of the tribal residing in the valley is also a point of attraction.

WEATHER of next 7 days from today

SIMILIPAL WEATHER

The Ideal Plan

Start from Kolkata around 6-7am after a cup of hot tea, coffee or cocoa and head straight to the Azad Hind Dhaba (will be on your left, Address: Near BPCL Pump, Birshibpur, Uluberia, Howrah, West Bengal 711316) feast on the tandoori aloo paratha among the many delicacies and proceed to Simlipal.
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