Sights to See
Simlipal National Park: A Wildlife Wonderland
The lavish bounds of Simlipal National Park provides natural habitat to a rich variety of flora and fauna which included 1,076 species of plants including 94 species of plants including 94 varieties of orchids, 42 species of mammals, 231 species of birds and 29 species of reptiles.
Apart from the elusive tiger, this biosphere reserve boasts leopards, elephant, spotted dear, mouse deer, ruddy mangoose, Pangoline, giant squirrel, flying squirrel, otter, hanuman langur, Rh. Macaque, mugger crocodiles, striped necked mongoose, honey badgers, small Indian otters, sloth rears, wild dogs, barking dears, wolf, pangolins, rhesus macaque, hanuman languor, hyena, bison, sambar, cheetal, four-horned antelope, porcupine, ratel, pangolin, wild boar, giant flying squirrel etc.
The species of birds that include the alexandrine parakeet, home bill, grey wagtail, hill myna, hornbill, peafowl, red jungle fowl, owl, kites, parakeets, crested serpent eagle, trogon, malabar pied hornbill.
The range of reptilian fauna will leave you amazed- from the Indian lap shell turtle, Indian tent furtle, Indian pond terrapin, forest calotes, chameleon, bonded rock elecks, snake skink, spectacled cobra, monocled cobre, bamboo pittviper, python, king cobra, cobra, krait, monitor lizard etc.
The park houses a treasure of over 500 species of plants belonging to 102 families. The type of vegetation is mixed with northern tropical semi
-evergreen trees and northern tropical moist deciduous trees. The forest is also a treasure house of innumerable medicinal and aromatic plant, which provide a source of earning for the tribals.
Barehipani waterfall (399 m), Joranda falls (150 m), the grasslands of Bacchuri Chara, Meghasani peak (1,158 m) and crocodile sanctuary near Jashipur are some attractions of the place.