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In a good news for nature lovers and tourists, the Similipal National Park, which was closed for the last few months, will reopen for tourists from November 1.

The National Park in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district was closed for visitors for over four months for monsoon. However, visitors can now enter the sanctuary through Jashipur and Pithabata gates between 6am and 9pm ever day from November 1.

Moreover, a maximum of 35 four-wheelers carrying visitors will be allowed entry after getting the necessary permit at the Jashipur entry point while only 25 vehicles will get entry at the Pithabata point for carrying tourists into the reserve between 6 am to 9 am.

Tourists can also stay overnight and make night halts at camp cottages and bamboo cottages at Gudugudia, Jamuani, Ramathirtha, and Kumari. But, they have to book dak bungalows online by making advance payments. 

They can book tickets online on a first come and first serve basis by logging into and

The Similipal Tiger Reserve (STR) strictly prohibited the entry of plastic and polythene products and liquor inside the park.

Worth mentioning, the Similipal Sanctuary was closed for visitors from June 15 with the onset of the monsoon as the roads inside it get damaged due to rain.

The Similipal National Park comprising the Similipal Tiger Reserve (STR) located in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district is spread over 2,750 sq km.