Simlipal Sanctuary

Simlipal 320 km from Bhubaneshwar (Orissa), is a 2,750 sq km sanctuary and situated in the Mayurbhanj district, the sanctuary with its dense green forests, hilly terrain, broad open valleys, plateaus, grass lands and rich bio-diversity has the unique distinction of being a Tiger Reserve, a National Park (proposed), a Wildlife Sanctuary, an elephants, deer, leopards, gaur bison, sloth bears, reptiles, langurs, crocodiles and more than 200 species of bird life. Important and rare wildlife include tigers (98 nos.) against the total nos. of 194 tigers in the entire state as per 1998 census), elephants (565 as per 1999 census), leopard, sambar, spotted deer, barking deer, mouse deer, gaur, hill myna, hornbills, peacock, python, cobra, lizards etc. Similipal is the richest watershed in Orissa feeding several perennial rivers such as Budhabalanga, Khadkei, Khairi-Bhandan, Westdeo, Salandi etc. Gorgeous Barheipani (40p mt.) and Joranda (150 mt.) waterfalls are of great attractions. A total of 110 species of reptiles including 3 species of crocodile, 19 species of amphibians, 473 species of birds and 86 species of mammals, 82 species of orchids are found in the state.

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