Give your city life a kick and come out of this concrete jungle to real one for a change. This time come to Simlipal National Park the world of untamed and unexpected journey.
Enshrined in the eastern part India, Simlipal is one of the prominent wildlife park of Odisha, which derives its name from “Simul”(Red Silk Cotton) tree? The Park situated in the Mayurbhanj district in state of Odisha, India. This Park spread over 2750 sq km and established on 1980. There are some beautiful waterfalls like Joranda and Barehipani. The park is surrounded by high plateaus and hills, the highest peak being the twin peaks of Khairiburu and Meghashini. At least twelve rivers cut across the plain area, all of which drain into the Bay of Bengal. The prominent rivers are Burhabalanga, Palpala Bandan, Salandi, Kahairi and Deo.
This wild park is also known for its Simlipal Tiger reserve and Elephant reserve. The park is known for the tiger, elephant and hill mynah. Simlipal jungle safari holds the highest tiger population in the state of Odisha and includes 55 species of mammals, 304 species of birds, 60 species of reptiles, 21 species of frogs, 38 species of fish and 164 species of butterflies have been recorded from the Park.
Similipal Biosphere reserve originated as a hunting ground for the surrounding royalty. The Government of Odisha declared Simlipal as a wildlife sanctuary in 1979 with an area of 2750 sq. km. Later in 1980, Government of Odisha proposed 303 sq. km of the sanctuary as National Park. Further in 1986, the area of the National Park was increased to 845.70 sq. km. The Government of India declared it as a biosphere reserve in 1994. UNESCO added this National Park to its list of Biosphere Reserves in May 2009. There are 10,000 people living in 61 villages in the forest.
If you really want to enjoy this wild park in its true sense then make your stay at Toshali Jungle Lodge, where you practically experience your jungle stay and make it a great memory.