Simlipal - Important information

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Simlipal - Important information

Postby avon » Tue Feb 23, 2010 8:02 pm

Entry Points, Permits and Timings

You can enter into Similipal through Pithabata (22 km from Baripada).

Entry permits can be obtained from the Range Officer, Pithabata check gate or the Assistant Conservator of prescribed fees.

Day visitors can enter between 6 AM & 12 Noon and visitors with reservation between 6 AM & 2 PM.

Similipal remains open from 1st November to 15th June only.

Road - Baripada, the district headquarters of Mayurbhanj, on the junction of NH 5 and 6, is 170 km from Bhubaneswar, 240 from Kolkata and 60 km from Balasore and 22 km from Pithabata, which is an entry point. The other entry point Jashipur is 94 km from Baripada on N.H. 6. Both the places are well connected by regular bus services. Taxis and Jeeps are available.

Rail - Nearest railhead is Balasore (60 km from Baripada), served by major trains running on the South-Eastern sector.

Air - Nearest airports are Bhubaneswar (270 kms) and Kolkata (240 km)

Orissa Tourism Units

Aranyanivas at Lulung (3 km from Pithabata) of the OTDC has 8 Double Rooms and 2 Dormitories (total 40 beds)

Panthasala at Bangiriposi (35 km from Baripada on way to Jashipur) has 4 Double Rooms (8beds).

Reservation : Tourist office, Baripada. Ph. 06792 - 252710/ Assistant Conservator of Forests, Jashipur.

( Not more than 60 days and not less than 30 days notice required)

Similipal in itself offers a complete package. But if you like, visit a few more places around Similipal.

Khiching (149 km from Baripada and 55 km from Jashipur) is famous for the shrine of Kichakeswari and Stone Crafts made of different colour stones. There is a Panthasala here.

Chandipur (60 km from Baripada and 16 km from Balasore) is unique Beach Resort with a vanishing sea. the sea water recedes to a distance of about 5 km twice a day. It is a marvel of Nature, rarely found anywhere. There is a Panthanivas & Yatrinivas of OTDC. There are also private hotels.

Panchalingeswar (85 km from Baripada and 30 km from Balasore) is a panoramic place on the lap of Nilagiri hills with a perennial stream flowing over five Lingams. there is a Panthasala of Orissa Tourism Department here.

Remuna (60 km from Baripada and 10 km from Balasore) is famous for the shrine of Khirachora Gopinath, visited by Sri Chaitanya.

Deokund (65 km frim Baripada and 110 km from Balasore) is an enchanting place with a series of waterfalls and a Shakti shrine set against the outer periphery of Similipal.

Best time to visit : Similipal is usually open for visitors from the beginning of November till the onset of the monsoons.
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