It is about 300 km from Bhubaneswar and nestled in the centre of the Mayurbhanj district, the northern-most district of Odisha. One of the eighteen tiger reserves of India spreads over an area of 2,700 sq.km. The Variation in the topography, climate and vegetation has supported large varieties of animals, birds and reptiles. Other than tigers this wild life sanctuary is also an abode to wild animals like leopards, elephants and rare reptile like mugger crocodiles. Besides, the sanctuary shelters more than 200 species of birds. The Similipal forest is abounding with hills, waterfalls and rivers.