Baripada, Nov 1 (LocalWire) Similipal Tiger Reserve (STR), home to big cats, bio-diversity and rich reserve of flora and fauna, was thrown open for tourists today.
The tiger reserve, scattered across 2,750 sq km area of idyllic environs in Mayurbhanj district and the fourth largest tiger reserve in the country, had been kept out of bounds for visitors from June 16 in view of monsoon.
Travelling along Similipal during monsoon is a risky proposition as vast areas of the tiger reserve turn inaccessible.
The landslides along the hilly terrains in monsoon also pose threat to visitors.
Tourists would be allowed into the sanctuary from two entry points at Kaliani and Pithabata and maximum of 35 vehicles and 25 vehicles respectively could carry visitors from both the points, Amitabh Brahma, Field Director, STR said.
Permission would be issued between 6 AM and 9 AM and the tourists would have to leave the sanctuary area latest by 5 pm every day.
Night stay facility has also been made at certain places inside the sanctuary like Kumari, Gudugudia, Ramatirtha, Barehipani and Jamuani and could be booked online at website www.ecotourodisha.com.
The sanctuary area was closed for visitors due to monsoon. As South-West Monsoon has since been completely withdrawn from Odisha, tourists could visit the sanctuary from November 1, he said..
Similipal National Park attracts tourists from across the globe for the presence of black tiger.
This year more amenities for the visitors have been added considering the increase in footfall inside the biosphere reserve, he said.