Simlipal National Park is a national park and a tiger reserve in the Mayurbhanj district in the Indian state of Odisha. Simlipal National park is part of the Simlipal-Kuldiha-Hadgarh Elephant Reserve. The name of Simlipal National Park derives from the abundance of semul that bloom here.
Around 1078 species of plants including 94 species of orchids are found in the park. The extensive grasslands of the park are the grazing grounds for many of the herbivores. The park is well known for the tiger, elephant and hill mynah.
This park has the highest tiger population in the state of Odisha. 55 species of mammals, 304 species of birds, 60 species of reptiles, 21 species of frogs, 38 species of fish and 164 species of butterflies are found in the Park. The park has some beautiful waterfalls like Joranda and Barehipani.
Barehipani, located at Mayurbhanj district. It is the highest waterfall of Odisha coming down from a height of 400 meters. It is India’s second highest waterfall.
Jaranda, located at Mayurbhanj district. The tall trees around the fall create a wonderful ambience. This spot is both a relaxing and stunning experience for the tourists.
Safari in Simlipal is another best part of the tour. Tourists have to go by the four vehicles organized by the jungle authority, especially for the jeep safari. The opening time of the park to visit is 01st Oct till 15th June. Besides, the jungle jeep safari, the tourists can also enjoy the activities like Bird watching, Nature walk, Tribal village tour, Visit to water fall.
Kuliana is located at the distance of 18 km, this is the most pictorial place, known for Paleolithic articles to get acquainted with the pre-historic eras and living. Haripur is founded by Maharaja Harihar Bhanj in 1400 A.D. This is another famous spot to visit in and around the area of Simlipal.
Deokund is 55 km away from the reserve area at a hill top, Deokund is known for the presence of a famous shrine of Deity Ambika.
Baripada is known for the district headquarters, Baripada is a beautiful place to be recognized most at the time of a colorful festival of Chaitra Parva.
Bhimakunda is believed to be present from the era of the Pandavas (the Dwapara Yuga). The name has been derived from an ancient legend when Bhima- one of the five pandavas took bath in a kund during their stay in Biratnagar.
By Air: The nearest airports are Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, Jamshedpur and Ranchi.
By Train: Nearest railheads are Baripada, Balasore, TataNagar (Jamshedpur) and Kharagpur.
By Road: The place is well connected by regular bus services. Taxis and jeeps are available.
The best time to explore Simlipal is from the month of October to March.