Simlipal National Park
Located about 320 kilometres from state capital Bhubaneswar in the north-eastern part of Odisha, Simlipal National Park in Mayurbhanj district, was declared a reserve forest for tigers in the year 1973.
It is a huge expanse of lush green forest with waterfalls and is mostly inhabited by tigers, elephants, leopards, chowsinghas, hyenas, wolves, sambars, chitals, mouse deers, gaurs, giant squirrels, peafowls, hill mynas etc.
The sanctuary also has marsh crocodiles and monitor lizards, etc. Government of India declared Simlipal as a biosphere reserve in 1994 and it was included in the UNESCO’s Biosphere Reserves list in 2009.