Similipal Tiger Reserve
Forest, Environment and Climate Change Department, Govt. of Odisha
Visitors can book their night stay inside the Tiger Reserve through online Mode only ( www.similipal.org or www.ecotourodisha.com ). Well-furnished Night Stay facilities are available at Gurguria, Kumari, Barehipani, Jamuani & Ramatirtha Nature camps which have been developed & run by Eco-tourism initiatives. Booking amount is inclusive of food, lodging & other facilities available at the camp. Visitors who have booked night stay can also avail the Safari Vehicle by booking it separately. Professional still & video cameras are allowed with necessary permission & deposit of fees at the entry gates. Drones are not allowed inside the park.
The places of tourist interest like Devkund, Brahmanakund, Sitakund, Nedam Dam, etc. & places, which are inside the Tiger Reserve boundary also remain closed for visitors during monsoon season. Other places of tourist interest in the region which fall outside the Tiger Reserve boundary are Ramatirtha, Lulung, Samibrukshya, Kalo Dam, Haldia Dam, Jambhira Dam, Balidiha Dam, Sankarmara Dam, Kanchhinda, etc.
The park is surrounded by many settlements like Baripada, Bangiriposhi, Bisoyi, Rairangpur, Jashipur, Karanjia, Thakurmunda, Anandpur (Keonjhar), Kaptipada, Udala, Khunta, which have well developed markets & communication services. Out of these 5 are Urban Local Bodies (ULBs); Baripada, Rairangpur & Anandpur (Keonjar) are Municipalities and Karanjia & Udala are Notified Area Councils (NACs).
Accommodations for visitors in the region have improved a lot outside the Tiger Reserve. Many Hotels, Restaurants, Tourist Operators have flourished in the region, especially at Baripada, Jashipur & Udala. Many private nature camps have also come up near Baripada & Jashipur due to active promotion of tourism in the state.
The road distances of both the entrances from nearby cities are as follows:
|Jashipur||252 km.||156 km.||111 km.||290 km.||235 km.|
|Baripada||250 km.||56 km.||141 km.||220 km.||260 km.|
The nearest railway stations close to the Tiger reserve are Baripada, Bhanjpur, Bangiriposi, Badampahar. Local trains stop at these stations. The major rail heads close to the Tiger Reserve are Balasore & Tatanagar (Jamshedpur) which are connected with major cities of the country. The connectivity of the entry points from the railheads is given below.
|Railway Station||Connects to cities||Distance from Jashipur||Distance from Baripada|
|Baripada||Bhubaneswar, Balasore||102 km||0 km|
|Badam Pahad||Tatanagar (Jamshedpur)||18 km||95 km|
|Balasore||Delhi, Guwahati, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Chennai, Coimbatore, Trivandrum, etc.||154 km||58 km|
|Tatanagar (Jamshedpur)||Mubai, Pune, Nagpur, Ahmedabad, Delhi etc.||111 km||142 km|
Nearest Airports are located at Bhubaneswar, Kolkata & Ranchi. All three airports have direct flights from all major Domestic Airports of India. Kolkata is a major Airport of India connecting national & International destinations. Amarda in Mayurbhanj district & Dhalbhumgarh near Tatanagar, Jharkhand, have been proposed for regional air connectivity under UDAN Scheme of the Govt. of India.
|Entry Points||Airports||Proposed Airports under UDAN Scheme|
|Jashipur||242 km.||234 km.||286 km.||134 km.||120 km.|
|Baripada||254 km.||260 km.||230 km.||39 km.||82 km.|