Similipal Tiger Reserve to reopen on Nov 9
The tourism zone of Simlipal Tiger Reserve will reopen on November 9, Reserve's field Director Anup Kumar Nayak said today.
The park was closed down on June 16 as the road network was damaged due to heavy rains. Repair works of damaged roads were on full swing and likely to be completed by November 9, he added.
The tourist movement will be restricted to day tourism like previous years. The total length of the tourism zone is 130 kms.
Altogether, 60 tourists vehicles will be allowed to enter the reserve of which 40 will be allowed from Kaliani checkgate via Joshipur while 20 others will be allowed through Pithabata checkgate.
One trained tourist guide will be provided to each tourist vehicle, Mr Nayak said. Tourists interested in nighthalts inside the park will be provided with accommodation at Gudgudia and Jmuani, sources added.
The Simlipal Tiger Reserve has taken initiative to develop Kanchhinda and Alkudar waterfalls located on the fringes of Simlipal, he said.
This arrangment has been to provide elephant joyride to help the tourists enjoy the nature. Pet elephant 'Bhabani' is ready to carry the tourists on its back.
Bhabani along with two other elephants, Mahendra and Sobha were bought by the STR from the Hunsur wildlife division of South Karnataka in 2001, Mr Nayak added.
This is the first time that a joyride for kids safely ensconced on elephant back is being arranged in Simlipal.