Reserve and a Biosphere
Reserve. Semi-evergreen to dry deciduous forest
types (1076 species of plants including 94 varieties
of orchids) provide suitable home for a variety
of faufia (42 species of mammals, 231 species of
birds and 29 species of reptiles).
Important and rare
wildlife include tigers (98 nos.) against the total
nos. of 194 tigers in the entire state as per 1998
census), elephants (565 as per 1999 census), leopard,
sambar, spotted deer, barking deer, mouse deer,
gaur, hill myna, hornbills, peacock, python, cobra,
Similipal is the
richest watershed in Orissa feeding several perennial
rivers such as Budhabalanga, Khadkei, Khairi-Bhandan,
Westdeo, Salandi etc. Gorgeous Barheipani (40p mt.)
and Joranda (150 mt.) waterfalls are of great attractions.
The rich bio-diversity, the physical and topographical
features of Similipal constitute a unique and delightful
destination for scientists, nature lovers, students
Tiger, Leopard, Elephant, Bison,Bear, Ratel,
Sambar, Spotted Deer, Mouse Deer, Pangolin,
Barking Deer, WildBoar, Chowsingha,
Ruddy Mongoose, Giant Squirrel, Flying Squirrel,
Hanuman, Rhesus Macaque.
Peafowl, Red Jungle fowl, Hornbill,
Hill Myna, Grey Wagtail, Alexandrine Parakeet,
Serpent Eagle, Shahin Falcon.
Python, King Cobra, Cobra, Viper,
Banded Krait, Common Krait, Monitor Lizard,
Forest Calotes, Chameleon, Mugger Crocodile,
Black Turtle, Tent Turtle.
Places of Interest:
Ramatirtha,Deokund, Khiching, Panchalingeswar,
Chandipur, Udayapur, Kuldiha Sanctuary.