Ratna Malini Pani

In a good news for nature lovers and tourists, the Similipal National Park in Mayurbhanj district, which remained closed for the last few months, was reopened for tourists from today morning.

Visitors were allowed to enter the sanctuary through Jashipur and Pithabata gates from 6am. The National Park in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district which was closed for visitors for over four months due to monsoon will now be open from 6am to 9pm everyday from today.

As per a statement released by the STR officials, a maximum of 35 four-wheeler 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.

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 www.similipal.com and odishatourism.gov.in.

The Similipal Tiger Reserve (STR) has 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 got 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.

(Reported by Deepak Kumar Mohanta)