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Experience a wildlife odyssey in India with India Wildlife Tours. India is reputed to be the home to the finest game parks and tiger reserves, which offer a stunning array of wildlife. India Wildlife Tours presents tours, which have been specially designed to take you to discover some of India's well-known national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. The highlights of these wildlife tours are the exciting jeep safari and elephant rides in "Project Tiger" wildlife reserves at World famous Ranthambore, Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Parks. As a result of initiatives taken in the field of conservation, these parks have seen a significant increase in the number of tigers, which were once on the verge of extinction.

Simlipal National Park at a Glance :
Location  :   Mayurbhanj District in Northern Orissa, India
Tiger Reserve :    in 1956
Under Project Tiger :   in 1973
Muggar Crocodile Scheme  :   started in 1979
Wildlife Sanctuary   :    in 1979
Biosphere Reserve  :   in 1994
Area  :   2,750 sq km
Attractions :   Tigers, Leopards, Panthers, Monitor Lizards, Four Horned Antelopes, Giant Squirrels, Flying Squirrels, etc
Temperature in summer  :   maximum 40°C
Temperature in winter  :   minimum 14° C
Nearest Railway Station  :    Jamshedpur, Jharkhand
Nearest Airport  :    Jamshedpur, Jharkhand
Nearest Town     :    Baripada (50 km)
Best Time to Visit  :   Winter

About Simlipal National Park :
The Simlipal National Park in Orissa, the former hunting place for the Maharajas of Mayurbhanj, was established as a tiger reserve in 1956 and in 1972 it became a part of the Project Tiger Scheme followed by the attainment of the national park status in 1979. This national park and tiger reserve in northern Orissa is covered with the wide stretches of sal forests. The national park is home to twelve rivers and innumerable waterfalls and the native Santhal tribes of Orissa. The important and major rivers amongst these are Burhabalanga, Palpala Bandan, Kahairi and Deo.

The Park also holds tigers, leopards, elephants, sambhar, chital, chausingha and mouse deer, the tiniest member of the deer family. Simlipal National Park is known for the spectacular Mangesheri mountain range that spreads itself evenly throughout the national park. The tourists in the park can observe the herds of deer by the side of rivers most often. Accommodating around 100 tigers and 230 bird species, the national park is also a floral treasure with 501 plant species belonging to 102 families. The other important members of this wildlife sanctuary are the 82 species of the orchids, medicinal and aromatic plants.

Major Wildlife Attractions :
Besides the large number of Tigers, the national park and tiger reserve at Simlipal has Leopards, Sambhars, Langurs, Barking and Spotted Deer, Chitals, Chevrotains, Wild dog, Wild boar, Sloth bears, Monkeys, Hyenas, Porcupines, Gaur, Elephant and the 'Four-horned' antelope. The major bird species within the 230 bird species found in the park are: Red Jungle Fowl, Alexandrine Parakeet, Crested Serpent Eagle, Grey Hornbill, Indian Pied Hornbill, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Indian Trogon Hill Mynah, Peafowl, etc. The reptilian population in the Simlipal National Park includes snakes and turtles. The Mugger Crocodile has survived and flourished well in the park.

Nearby Attractions of Simlipal National Park :
Excursions from Simlipal National Park include the temple town of Bhubaneshwar and the former colonial capital of British India, Calcutta. Both destinations have direct air, rail and road links.

Places to Stay :
Accommodation is available in the form of forest reserve bungalows in the Simlipal Hills. These bungalows have catering facilities as well. Solar-powered stone lodges at Baripada offer reasonably priced accommodation. Tourism-of-India.com provides complete information on tourism in Simlipal National Park. Tourism-of-India.com offers package tours in order to make your visit to Simlipal National Park Pleasant.

How to Get There :
By Air : Simlipal Tiger Reserve can be reached easily through three major airports at Jamshedpur, Bhubaneswar and Kolkata. From these cities one can hire a taxi/bus to reach the national park. After returning from the tiger reserve of Simlipal, the tourists can also board a flight way back home.

By Rail : There are three railheads near the Simlipal Tiger Reserve in Orissa. These are Jamshedpur, Bhubaneswar and Kolkata. A dense road and highway network runs through these three places. The tourists can thus proceed towards their desired destination by surface.

By Road :Jamshedpur (140 km), Bhubaneswar (320 km) and Calcutta (240 km) by road.

---Bandhavgarh National Park ---Bandipur National Park
---Bharatpur National Park ---Corbett National Park
---Dachigam National Park ---Dudhwa National Park
--»- Sunderban National Park ---Kanha National Park
---Kaziranga National Park --»- Simlipal National Park
--»- Sariska National Park ---Ranthambore National Park