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Ananya Padhihary

The Similipal National Park has been shut down for visitors for two days in the wake of dense fog in the region, informed officials of the national park. The restriction will come in effect from today- December 31 and January 1.

The decision was made as a precautionary measure to avoid any untoward incidents in the park and ensure public safety as a large number of tourists usually flock to Similipal around this time, said report.

However, tourists who are already staying inside the Nation Park will be allowed to continue their stay and people who have made advance reservations for stays will also be permitted to enter the park during this time. But no new reservations will be accepted further, added the report.

Notably, it has been raining in Mayurbhanj district for the past two days due to which a heavy veil of fog has blanketed the region and it might have an impact on safari visitors.

Similipal National Park, which also includes the Similipal Tiger Reserve (STR), is Asia's second-largest biosphere reserve, spanning over 2,750 square kilometres in Odisha's Mayurbhanj district.

It has a large population of tigers and elephants. The park is also home to over a thousand types of plants, hundreds of species of wildlife and a sizeable population of reptiles.

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