Similipal National Park

The beauty of the reserve can be well described by sparkling waterfalls, thick green forest, meadows and meandering river, roaring tiger, trumpeting tuskers, dancing peacocks and flying squirrel. The natural ambience of the national park makes it ideal for flora and fauna. Simlipal derived its name from the Semul or Red silk cotton that grows in abundance in the place. Besides the rich forest of Simlipal is extends a rich composition of deciduous, semi-evergreen, sal trees and grasslands and savannahs. The national park is a dwelling place of diverse species of flora and fauna. It houses endemic and endangered species of Orchid and Himalayan species. Some of the unique bio-diversity of the place include Mahaseer, Chowsinga, hornbill, Mongoose, giant squirrel etc. The tourist can engaged themselves in activities like birding, star gazing, trekking in the jungle, farm visit, and cultural tours.

For night stay the campsites inside Simlipal are ‘Gurguria, Jamuani and Kumari Natures camps’ while ‘Ramatirtha nature camp’ is situated close to Simlipal tiger reserve. The campsites embedded you with a distinctive experience that you will love to recall whole life. The traditions, culture and customs of the tribes residing in the national park is also an attraction for tourist. ‘Kumari Nature camp’s owns14 cottages, while Gurguria has 7 cottages. Furthermore Gurguria nature camp orchidarium posses 63 indigenous variety of orchids which is a delightful experience for the guest staying in the camp. Jamuni possess 14 eco-cottages. All the 4 camps can be reached via Jashipur on NH-6. ‘Ramatirtha nature camp’ at Jashipur houses 10 cottages and has a crocodile rearing centre. The other three nature camps i.e. Gurguria, Jamuani and Kumari are at a distance of 24 kms from Jashipur.

Connectivity: The nearest Domestic Airport is Jamshedpur Airport, about 140kms away. It offers regular flights to Kolkata. The nearest international airports are Bhubaneswar (270 km) and Kolkata (240 km). The nearest railway station is Balasore (76kms). Good road connectivity exist for Jashipur from Bhubaneswar (252 kms), Kolkata (290 kms) and Baripada (117 kms).