Simlipal Nature Camps – A National Park retreat with waterfalls and mountain peaks.
In the Mayurbhanj district of Odisha lies Similipal Tiger Reserve and Wildlife Sanctuary, Biosphere reserve and a part of Mayurbhanj Elephant Sanctuary, which was once the hunting ground of the Maharaja of Mayurbhanj. Spreading over 2750 sq. km, Similipal derives its name from the abundance of Simul trees that paint the forest red in spring. The vast stretches of forest consisting of deciduous, semi-evergreen vegetation, grasslands and decorated with majestic waterfalls, Simlipal has an abundance of many species of rare, endangered, threatened and vulnerable plants and animals. To experience the forest properly, tourists can stay can make night halt in Nomadic Eco Camps Simlipal in locations like Gurguria, Jamuani, Kumari or Ramatirtha, close to the dense forest. Along with the wildlife experience, the unique traditions and culture of the primitive forest-dwelling tribes of Similipal is another attraction for the people visiting this place.
Accommodation: There are three different accommodations at Simlipal. I.e Jamuani, Ramtirtha, Gurguria and Kumari.
Good news for large groups, Simlipal can accommodate more than 120 – 150 adults at a time.
Check In : 11:00 Noon
Check Out : 10:00 A.M.
Trekking and local sight-seeing: There are a number of trekking routes to nearby waterfalls like Barehipani, Joranda, Sitakund-Deokund-Bhimkundetc. Which roars in their full glory in monsoon.
Wildlife and Bird-Watching : Similipal is famous for Tigers and Elephants. It is the only Tiger Reserve in the country to boast of White Tigers in wild. The other wildlife in Similipal are Chowsingha, Mouse deer, Giant Squirrel, Flying squirrel, Ruddy Mongoose, Mugger crocodile, Rufus tailed hare, Bison, Sambar, Chital, Porcupine, Pangolin, Pythons, Wild boar, Leopard, Barking Deer, Jungle Cat, Giant Squirrel etc. Most commonly found birds are Peafowl, Jungle fowl, Hill Myna, Parakeets, a variety of Eagles, Hornbills & Trogons. It has a huge collection of rare orchids too.
Camping and Stargazing : Camping in the comfortable accommodations in the midst of forests beneath the starry sky away from the lights of civilization provides a great stargazing opportunity.
Devkund : Located on the bank of River East Deo, this is a place of worship by the Hindus. The Royal family of Mayurbhanj built the temple of Goddess Ambikainan ancient time here. The waterfalls at the base of the temple create a gorge, by which there is a nice picnic spot.
Chahala : An old site chosen by the Maharaja of Mayurbhanj, a royal forest resort here is now converted to a Forest Rest House, amidst the Sal vegetation and the songs of birds.
Sitakund : A place of the religious importance of Hindus, with the picturesque beauty of a small waterfall and a gorge, an attractive site for local picnickers.
Gurguria : On the bank of River Khairi, Gurguria appears like a hill station. The indigenous orchids which bloom in summer, elephant ride and hill trekking are the major attractions here.
Barehipani : The two-tiered waterfall on River Budhabalanga, it resembles the shape of a rope locally known as Barehi at the height of 217 meters, providing a magnificent view.
Khiching : A place of pilgrimage for the Hindus, famous for granite carving temple of Goddess Kichkeswari built by the Maharaja of Mayurbhanj.
Best Time to Visit:
The forest stays open from 1st November to 15th June. To see the wildlife, November to early March is a perfect time. During Monsoon and winter, visitors can see a swirling cover of mist over the hills. In monsoon, the rivers and waterfalls run in their full glory. Summers are cooler in Similipal and a number of orchids and wildflowers decorate the forest.
How to Reach:
Rail : The nearest rail-station is Baripada Jn. From there it is nearly 117 km away which takes 3 hours and 30 minutes to reach by car.
Air : The nearest airport is Bhubaneswar (Biju Patnaik International Airport), 252km away and takes a car 4 hours to reach the place.
Road : From Kolkata, the property is approximately 300 km away and it takes around 5 hours via Kharagpur-Balasore-Bhadrak.
Non AC 4 Bedded Rooms : INR 5192 + 15% GST and Convenience Fee (Per day per room) – Bamboo Hut
Non AC 3 Bedded Rooms : INR 2476 + 15% GST and Convenience Fee (Per day per room) – Tribal Hut
Non AC Double Bedded Cottages : INR 5192 + 15% GST and Convenience Fee (Per day per room) – Santal Cottages
Non AC Double Bedded Tents : INR 4543 + 15% GST and Convenience Fee (Per day per room) – Tents
AC 10 Bedded Suite : INR 9086 + 15% GST and Convenience Fee (Per day per room) – Dormitory
Non AC 10 Bedded Suites : INR 6490 + 15% GST and Convenience Fee (Per day per room) – Dormitory
AC Double Bedded Rooms : INR 3894 + 15% GST and Convenience Fee (Per day per room) – Tribal Hut
AC Double Bedded Rooms : INR 3894 + 15% GST and Convenience Fee (Per day per room) – Debashthali Cottage
Double Bedded Non AC Cottages : INR 4543 + 15% GST and Convenience Fee (Per day per room) – Pine Villa – A, Pine Villa – B and Normal Cottage (Total 6 Cottages)
Non AC Double Bedded Cottages : INR 3894 + 15% GST and Convenience Fee (Per day per room) – Bamboo Cottages
Non AC Double Bedded Rooms : INR 4543 + 15% GST and Convenience Fee (Per day per room) – Kumari Machan
Non AC Double Bedded Room : INR 5190 + 15% GST and Convenience Fee (Per day per room) – Santal Cottages
Kids between 1 to 3 years are complimentary
Kids from 4 years will be charged INR 1000 for foods and lodging. (To be paid at the destination)
INR 750 for foods and lodging Maximum. (To be paid at the destination)
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