Baripada: After a gap of four-and-a-half months, nature lovers can now make their way to the Similipal wildlife sanctuary which was thrown open to tourists from today. The national park was closed since June 16 during rainy season which made travelling difficult due to bad road condition. Moreover, the rainy season is ideal for the breeding of wildlife
Visitors are now being allowed inside the Park through two entry points located at Kaliani and Pithabata, said officials.
A maximum of 60 vehicles would be allowed into the Park every day, 35 from the Kaliani entry point and 25 from the Pithabata point, he said. The visitors have been advised to collect entry permits from Jashipur, close to Kaliani entry point and Pithabata between 6 AM to 9am, STR officials said. The visitors have also been directed to leave the sanctuary area latest by 5pm.
However, tourists can make on line reservation for overnight halt through www.ecotourodisha.com. The Park, spread over an area of 2,750 sq km in Mayurbhanj district, is one of the largest national parks in the country.