Baripada: The Similipal National Park in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district, which was closed since May due to the COVID-19 situation in the state, reopened for tourists, today.
Visitors will be allowed to enter the park from Kaliani and Pithabata gates. Ticket counters have been set up at the two gates for the purpose. Besides, eco-cottages will also be made available for the tourists inside the national park.
Around 35 and 25 tourist vehicles will be allowed from the Kaliani and Pithabata gates, respectively.
Visitors will be allowed entry between 6 am and 9 am. They need to leave the national park from Barehipani and Jaranda before 3 pm and from Chahala before 4 pm. Restrictions have been imposed on tourists over usage of plastic inside the park.
Bookings for night halting at eco-cottages at Gudgudia, Kumari, Ramtirtha, Barehipani and Jamuani can be done at www.ecotourodisha.com, said an official. All COVID-19 guidelines will be strictly followed at the national park.