Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 3:
As part of its annual ritual, the Similipal Tiger Reserve (STR) and Natinal Park in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district would remain closed for the tourists from June 16 ahead of the monsoon.
“The tiger reserve and the national park is closed during the monsoon every year and entry to the site is restricted for tourists. The closing date is fixed but the reopening depends on the weather conditions,” said Field Director of STR, H K Bist.
The important tourist destination in Mayurbhanj district will be shut for tourists ahead of the onset of monsoons since June 16.
There are many scenic spots in the STR, including Chahala, Badheipani, Jaranda, Naana, Gududia and Jamuani, which attract hundreds of visitors every year. The visitors would be deprived of the thrilling experience in the lap of Nature in all its splendour till the reopening of the wildlife sanctuary after over four months.
The entry of tourists is banned as the roads inside the STR get washed away during the rainy season. The tiger reserve and the park is usually closed till October last or November first week depending on the weather condition.