A beautiful and scenic town in Orissa in the area of Marurbhan is Simlipal which once used to be a hunting ground for the rulers of Marurbhanj. The area today has the largest wildlife sanctuaries of India and is also considered as one of the main tiger project in India. The area of Simlipal is enriched with dense forests, striking meadows, startling waterfalls and beautiful rivers. Simlipal reserve is blessed with great bio-diversity and huge varieties of faunas with the environment of cool breeze emerging out of the dense forests. The lushly atmosphere of Simlipal makes it the perfect location for forest camping.
The summers here can get quite hot with the temperature rising up to whereas during the winter it falls as low as 14ë�C. In monsoon this place receives moderate to very heavy rainfall. November to Mid-June is the best time to visit this national park.
Air: The nearest airports are Bhubaneswar (270 km) and Kolkata (240 km). A straight drive down from Kolkata is more convenient. Cabs are available from here to get to resorts and the national park.
Rail: The nearest railway station is Balasore (60 km from Baripada). From here major trains run on the South-Eastern sector.
Road: The nearest airports are Bhubaneswar (270 km) and Kolkata (240 km). A straight drive down from Kolkata is more convenient. Cabs are available from here to get to resorts and the national park.
Local jeeps are available for going around within the forest. One can hire one of these to get around the place.
Odisha Tourismë_has a number of Forest rest houses within the forest. Good hotels and resorts also make the wildlife tour more tranquil and comfortable. Living in the jungle ambience under the urban facilities can be a great experience for wildlife lovers. Tourists can also put up atë_Baripadaë_orë_Jashipurë_in private hotels.
Barheipani and Jaranda waterfalls are beautiful sightseeing spots. The gigantic peaks of Khairiburu and Meghasani surround the area. The Crocodile farm is another place worth visiting here.
Bird watching, trekking and nature walks are the activities one can do here. Going for a safari is a lot of fun in this national park.
This is a good place to buy local handloom products, stone carvings and curios. The grand mall, Neptune magnet mall, etc. are some popular shopping malls of the area.
Culture is deep rooted in the lives of the people of Mayurbhanj. The liveliness and lushness of the cultural heritage, makes Mayurbhanj one of the most remarkable places on the map of Odisha. Makar Parva and Karama Parva are the two well-known festivals of Mayurbhanj District which are celebrated with great enthusiasm and show. Mayurbhanj showcases a vista of nature's beauty. In the middle of nature evolved the beautiful Chhau dance. This dance form has received worldwide fame and recognition. The handicrafts are an essential part of rich cultural heritage of this region.
There are several clubs and pubs neat this area. Some of the good ones are Bhgabati bar, ROYAL CLUB, Gandhi Smruti Bhaban, Lions Club, Open Chase Bar, ROTARY CLUB, etc.
Mudhië_(puffed rice) is the popular diet here. One must try this when visiting Simlipal.
Hotel Mohapatral, Hotel Swagat, Hotel Bishram, Hotel Siddharth and Hotel Meghasani are some nearby hotels which have good restaurants.
Reach Simlipal National Park and check into the forest rest house. Hire a jeep for a safari and set out into the forest enjoying the beauty of nature and exploring the wild. After the safari, return to the rest house and go to a nearby restaurant to enjoy the local cuisine of the place. A trip to the park is best combined with Khichling or any other nearby town such as Chandipur, Bhubhaneshwar, Puri, Konark etc. The next day you can go for an excursion to Khiching via a bus or jeep. Khiching, a nearby town famous for the shrine of Kichakeswari . Private buses and shared Jeeps are available for Khiching, Jashipur which is on NH-6 20 kms from Simlipal. From Khiching 2 kms down there is a small village (Uttarposhi) famous for black stone work
Originally being the hunting ground for the kingly rulers of Mayurbhanj, Simplipal was titled a tiger reserve in the year 1956 and in May 1973 the essential part of the Project Tiger in May 1973. This is the same reserve where the famous _ÑÒMugger Crocodile Scheme_Ñ� was started in 1979.
Carry a Mosquito repellent with you. Carry water as it might get quite hot.
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