This wildlife sanctuary is a part of Simlipal-Kuldiha-Hadgarh Elephant Reserve popularly known as Mayurbhanj Elephant Reserve, which includes 3 protected areas- Simlipal Tiger Reserve, Hadgarh Wildlife Sanctuary and Kuldiha Wildlife Sanctuary.
Simlipal National Park gets its name from the abundance of “Semul” that bloom here. It is the second largest national park in India. It has got some mesmerizing waterfalls like Joranda and Barehipani. It is the home of 99 Royal Bengal Tigers and 432 wild elephants.
One can enter Simlipal through Pithabata (22 kms) and 98 km via Jashipur. Entry permits can be obtained from the Range Officer, Pithabata check gate upon paying prescribed fees. Day visitors can enter between 6 AM and 12 noon and visitors with reservation between 6 AM and 9 AM. It is open from 1st November to 15th June.