Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Baripada, Nov 7:
After a rain-induced closure, Similipal National Park in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district reopened for tourists today.
The National Park and Tiger Reserve were closed for an indefinite period due to low pressure induced rainfall in the coastal districts earlier this month.
Notably, the park had reopened on November 1 after a break of over four months due to monsoon season. However, the authorities again closed it on November 4 considering the non-motorable kuccha road to the park.
A maximum of 35 four-wheeled vehicles from Kaliapani check gate and 25 four-wheelers from Peethabata check gate will be allowed inside the park between 6 AM and 9 AM everyday. There will be two entry points and tourists can book their entry tickets from Jashipur counter.
As per rules, the tourists will have to leave Badheipani and Jaranda by 3 PM and Chahala water fall by 4 PM.
Besides this, a forest guide for each tourist vehicle has been made mandatory and they will be allowed to stay inside the park till 5 PM. Picnics are strictly prohibited inside the park. However, the tourists are allowed to bring dry or cooked food with them in containers, but no plastic bags will be allowed.
For tourists interested in staying inside the park, the Forest department has made arrangements at Jamuani and Kumari. However, prior booking had to be made in advance at the Forest office at Similipal or they can book online through www.ecotourodisha.com