SIMILIPAL NATIONAL PARK REOPENS FOR TOURISTS IN ODISHA (SOURCE: THE PIONEER)

Similipali (Odisha): 
After a rain-induced closure, the Similipal National Park in Mayurbhanj district reopened for tourists on Monday.
The National Park and the Tiger Reserve were closed for an indefinite period due to low pressure induced rainfall in the coastal districts earlier this month.
Notably, the park had reopened on November 1 after a break of over four months due to monsoon season. However, the authorities again closed it on November 4 considering the non-motorable kuccha road to the park.
A maximum of 35 four-wheeled vehicles from the Kaliapani check gate and 25 four-wheelers from the Peethabata check-gate would be allowed inside the park between 6 am and 9 am every day. There would be two entry points and tourists can book their entry tickets from the Jashipur counter.
As per the rules, the tourists would have to leave Badheipani and Jaranda by 3 pm and Chahala waterfall by 4 pm. A forest guide for each tourist vehicle has been made mandatory. Picnics are strictly prohibited inside the park.
However, the tourists are allowed to bring dry or cooked food with them in containers, but no plastic bags would be allowed.
Prior booking had to be made in advance at the Forest office at Similipal or they can book online through www.ecotourodisha.com.        

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