Bhubaneswar, January 11 (Localwire): Winter is a month of vacations and countless festivals with travelers across India visiting destinations that offer scenic and picturesque environment.
One such destination in Odisha is Similipal, which adorns beautiful landscape and is also one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries of India which became an essential part of the country’s Tiger Project in 1973.
So, if you are looking for a place that is in harmony with nature, and where you can relish your time without the cacophony of city life, you can pack your bag for this exotic tourist destination in the northern part of the state’s Mayurbhanj district.
Located about 270 km from Bhubaneswar, Similipala is also one of the ideal places for wildlife enthusiasts and you can avail night stay at certain places inside the sanctuary like Kumari, Gudugudia, Ramatirtha, Barehipani, and Jamuani.
These places offer different kinds of cottages: Bamboo Cottage, Santali Cottage, Debasthali Cottage, and Pine Villa along with premium cottage facilities including a guide and driver.
The accommodation can be booked in advance through the online booking and payment system.
The entry permits are issued between 6 to 9 am and the day tourists are not allowed to carry non-vegetarian food inside the wildlife sanctuary.
What to expect at Similipal?
The region has a wide range of waterfalls, lush green meadows, and variety of wildlife species.
Visit Sitakund, the magical waterfall, for its panoramic view, while the chirping of birds will add to your relaxing moments in Simlipal.
Located in the core area of Similipal, Joranda waterfall is the 19th highest waterfall in India and the single drop waterfall is surrounded by a gorgeous rainforest.
One of the tallest waterfalls of India, Barehipani waterfall is the river Budhabalanga flowing over the Meghasan Mountain with amazing serene surroundings.
This famous waterfall cascades down from a height of 399 m, in two separate tiers and settles down in the pool below; the tallest tier from where the water drops into the pond is 259 m.
Clay rest houses for tourists at the Barehipani eco-tourism site is another attraction. This is where you will get the opportunity to witness the lush green pine forest.
The Tiger reserve here, however, continues to be the most popular destination recording a footfall of 30,092 visitors, including 30 foreign nationals, during 2018-2019.