Thick and green forests, extensive grassy lands and meadows, cloud
kissing peaks, precipitous and sparkling waterfalls, meandering
rivers, roaring tigers and trumpeting tuskers, fleeing deer and
flying squirrels, talking myna and dancing peacocks et al make Similipal
a dreamland of Nature in the wilderness and an irresistible destination.
Covering a vast are of 2750 sq. km out of which 303 sq. km from
the core area, thick biosphere reserve is a sanctuary and one of
the Tiger Projects and National parks of India. With wide range
of rain falls and edaphic variations, range from dry deciduous to
moist green forests, it is suitable to different species of flora
and fauna. About 1076 species of mammals, 29 types of reptiles and
231 species of birds are the proud possession of this plateau.
Average mean elevation of Similipal is 900 meters. Tall and luxuriant
Sal Trees in large numbers stand like sentries. The handsome peaks
of Khairiburu (1178 meters), Meghasani (1158 meters) and others
welcome like smiling receptionists from the emerald heights. Sweet
scented Champak flowers freshen the air. The richly hued orchids
on the green foliage are soothing to the eyes. In the midst of the
dense forests, the summer stands humbled and the sun gets lost.
Several rivers like Budhabalanga, Khairi, salandi, Palpala, etc.
originate from the hills and meander through the forest like veins
and arteries in the body. many of them have formed cascading rapids
and foaming falls before leaving for the plains. The panoramic view
of the waterfalls at Barehipani (400 meters) and joranda(150 meters)
are simply enchanting of fish, is found in abundance in most of
Similipal in itself offers a complete package. But if you like,
visit a few more places around Similipal.
Khiching (149 km from Baripada and 55 km from Jashipur) is famous
for the shrine of Kichakeswari and Stone Crafts made of different
colour stones. There is a Panthasala here.
Chandipur (60 km from Baripada and 16 km from Balasore) is unique
Beach Resort with a vanishing sea. the sea water recedes to a distance
of about 5 km twice a day. It is a marvel of Nature, rarely found
anywhere. There is a Panthanivas & Yatrinivas of OTDC. There
are also private hotels.
Panchalingeswar (85 km from Baripada and 30 km from Balasore) is
a panoramic place on the lap of Nilagiri hills with a perennial
stream flowing over five Lingams. there is a Panthasala of Orissa
Tourism Department here.
Remuna (60 km from Baripada and 10 km from Balasore) is famous for
the shrine of Khirachora Gopinath, visited by Sri Chaitanya.
Deokund (65 km frim Baripada and 110 km from Balasore) is an enchanting
place with a series of waterfalls and a Shakti shrine set against
the outer periphery of Similipal.
Baripada, the district headquarters of Mayurbhanj, on the junction
of NH 5 and 6, is 170 km from Bhubaneswar, 240 from Kolkata and
60 km from Balasore and 22 km from Pithabata, which is an entry
point. The other entry point Jashipur is 94 km from Baripada on
N.H. 6. Both the places are well connected by regular bus services.
Taxis and Jeeps are available.
Nearest railhead is Balasore (60 km from Baripada), served by major
trains running on the South-Eastern sector.
Nearest airports are Bhubaneswar (270 kms) and Kolkata (240 km)
Best time to visit : Similipal
is usually open for visitors from the beginning of November till
the onset of the monsoons.
General Information & Accomdation info on Similipal city of Orissa - India