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Similipal National Park Reopens With Covid Restrictions

Bhubaneswar: Similipal National Park in Mayurbhanj district reopened for tourists today amid Covid-19 restrictions.

People coming for a tour to the park can take the passes from Lulung and Jashipur and enter. Those who intend to spend the night in the National Park will have to book their slots online, said an order stated dated October 27.

In the order, Park deputy director Jagyandatta Pati said a maximum 35 four-wheelers will be allowed to enter the park from Kaliani gate in Jashipur block daily.

Similarly, 25 four-wheelers will be allowed to enter from Pithabata gate under Baripada wildlife division from 6 am to 9 am every day.

The belongings of the tourists will be checked by forest personnel. The tourists will need to depart from Joranda and Barehipani before 3 pm and from Chahala before 4 pm. Two booking counters will be opened for the sale of tickets at Pithabata and Kaliani gates from 6 am to 9 am.

The bookings can be done through the website – www.ecotourodisha.com.

One of the largest in the country and spread over an area of 2,750 sq km, the Similipal National Park had remained closed since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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