Welcome to Similipal National Park
The 2750-sq-km Similipal National Park is Odisha’s prime wildlife sanctuary. Due to occasional Maoist activity in the region, it has been off-limits to foreign tourists in the past, but as of our last visit it had re-opened. However, it's wise to check ahead with the Similipal National Park Office or Odisha Tourism in Bhubaneswar before visiting, as the security situation is volatile and subject to change. There are waterfalls and wild elephants to see; tigers are less common. Most visitors tend to be Bengali tourists who come with their own vehicles; if you don't have your own wheels, the easiest way to visit the park is by organised tour. This means arranging a car and driver from Odisha Tourism or from one of the hotels in Baripada.