The Simlipal National Park is known as the most special wildlife sanctuary of Orissa. Along with being an elephant reserve, this is located in the Indian state of Orissa, in the Mayurbhanj district. As the name suggests the park got its name from the profusion of the Semul or red silk cotton trees, which are found in plenty in the town. The park is located in an area of 845.70 sq kms, and there are many beautiful waterfalls like Barehipani and Joranda. There are as many as 432 wild elephants, 99 Royal Bengal Tigers, Chaursingha, Gaur, also known as the “Indian Bisons” and Orchidarium.
The best time to visit the national park is early in the morning, although late entry to the sanctuary is also allowed. The beauty of the national park is completely mesmerizing. The forest is quite dense and and has many animals in here. The commonly found animals here are Leopar, Tiger, Asian Elephant, Jungle cat, Common Langur, Wild boar, Giant squirrel. Amongst the birds there are Peacock, Alexandrine Parakeet, Red Junglefowl, Crested Serpent Eagle, Grey Hornbill, Indian Pied Hornbill, Indian Trogon and the Hill Mynah.There are more than 20 reptile species, 231 birds and 42 mammals, along with wild elephants there.