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Similipal Tour

SIMILIPAL BIOSPHERE

Similipal, the National Park covering an area of 2750 Sq Kms.has been selected as one of the nine Tiger-Projects in India. For a nature loving tourist the entire Park with its evergreen Sal Forests, extensive grassy lands and Luxuriant Waterfalls provide an element of abiding interest.

Note: Permit from wild life (Forest Department) required. Application with passport details required at least 5 weeks in advance. (If intent to stay in side the park) Visiting the park staying outside does not require 5 weeks in advance information.

similipal2 Entrance fee & Camera fee required. For VDO camera an earlier permission is required from Chief wild Life Warden/Chief Conservator of Forest, Bhubaneswar or Baripada.

Season: November to May.

Accommodation: Forest Rest House.

Tour: Full Board Package.

DAY-1: Proceed to Baripada, enroute visit some villages. After obtaining necessary permits, drive to Lulung Tourist Bunalow, situated on the footstep of the Similipal Forest.Total Km.-320 Km/7 Hrs Drive on NH 5

DAY-2: Enter into the Park and drive through the zigzag forest road to watch wild animals. O/N Joranda/Barehipani Forest House near the Waterfall.
Evening: - Watch wild animals on the watch lower.
Total Distance - 76 Km

DAY-3: Drive through the forest and enjoy the beautiful forest with natural beauty O/N at Chahala. Evening watch the Wild Elephant.
Total Distance-40 Km

similipal2 DAY-4: Morning proceed to Jashipur enroute visit some Santal, Birhor (monkeymen) village. If interested drive further to see the Kichekeswari temple build in black granite at Khiching. Later drive to Bhubaneswar.
Total Distance-300 Km (for temple tour an extra 50 kms).
We can extend the itinerary or reduce as per the interest of client<

Chandaka wild Life Sanctuary: Area:: 175.79 sq. km. Best Time:: Round the Year.
Nestled on Khurdha uplands of' North -Eastern Ghats' biotic region, Chandaka forest, is a relic of wild land that once extended all over Bhubaneswar. Spread over 193.39 sq.km of rolling table land and small sprawling hillocks of Khurdha and Cuttack Districts, it is a wildlife sanctuary since August 1982. The sanctuary, literally abutting on the capital city of Orissa, is the pachyderm country. Originally established to provide inviolate refuge for elephants with a view to minimize their depredation, the sanctuary is now a treasure trove of biodiversity.

FAUNA

similipal3 Elephant is the flagship species and indicative of the potential productivity of the habitat. Leopard is in the apex of biological pyramid. Chital, Barking deer, Mouse deer, Wild pig, Common langur, Rhesus monkey, small Indian civet, Common Indian mongoose, Small Indian mongoose, Ruddy mongoose, Pangolin, Sloth bear, Ratel, Indian wolf and Hyena are other mammals of the area. Wild dogs are occasionally seen. Prominent birds of the sanctuary are Peafowl, Red jungle fowl, Crested serpent eagle, Great horned owl, Black headed oriole, Paradise fly catcher, Coucal and stone curlew. Among reptiles, Rock python and Bengal Monitor lizard are quite common. Chameleon, Common skink, Indian flap shell turtle, Russel's viper, Bamboo pit viper, Common krait, Common vine snake, Kukri snake, Indian bronze back are indicative reptiles. Mugger crocodiles have remarkably adapted to large water bodies after their release from enclosure.


4. Gahirmatha Turtle Sanctuary:
Area: 1435.00 sq.km.
similipal2 Best season for visit: October-February
Close to the Bhitar Kanika Sanctuary is another of Orissa's special sanctuaries - the Gahirmatha Turtle Sanctuary. This stretch of beach is the breeding ground for the giant Olive Ridley Turtles, who travel all the way from the Pacific Ocean to mate and lay their eggs here. Every year, thousands of these wonderful creatures can be seen here.

5. Puruna Bandha turtle sanctuary:: One can observe the same turtles coming to ay their eggs near the meeting points of Bay of Bengal and Rushikulya river in Ganjam. One can see them between drive from Chilika Lake to Gopalpur on Sea. Special tented accommodation can arranged for night viewing of turtle's laying their eggs.