Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Baripada, Oct 26:
Wildlife enthusiasts can visit Similipal National Park in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district as it will open from November 1.
The National Park was closed from June 16 before monsoon. The world famous tiger reserve remains closed for tourists every year during monsoon and reopens in October or November. The park is closed as the roads get washed away due to rain during the monsoon season.
Tourist vehicles from Baripada will be allowed inside the national park through Pithabata check gate. Those coming from Jashipur will be allowed to enter into the STP through Jamuani check gate.
“A maximum of 25 vehicles from Baripada and 35 vehicles from Jashipur will be allowed inside the park between 7 AM and 9 AM every day”, said Ajit Kumar Satpathy, deputy director, Similipal National Park, on Sunday.
“As per rules, there will be a forest guide for each tourist vehicle which 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,” deputy director added.
For tourists interested in staying inside the park the Forest department has made arrangements at Jamuani, Ramatirtha and Gudugudia. However, prior booking had to be made in advance at the Forest office at Similipal or they can book online through www.similipal.org.
Similipal Tiger Park has a rich wildlife and many picturesque places to visit including Chahala, Badheipani, Jaranda, Naana, Gududia and Jamuani, which attract hundreds of visitors every year.