The Similipal Tiger Reserve park, which has been closed since mid-June because of monsoon, reopened for tourists on November 1.
Similipal National Park houses 1,076 species of plants belonging to 102 families, besides 96 species of orchids. A total of 42 species of mammals, 242 species of birds and 30 species of reptiles are also found in the forest.
Visitors to Similipal National Park can now enjoy traditional Odia cuisine at the restaurant opened at the Kumari eco-tourism complex.
A souvenir room has also been built within the park where forest products and crafts and artefacts crafted by local artisans will be sold. They have been built at an expenditure of Rs 8 lakh and Rs 2.5 lakh respectively to improve facilities for tourists.
Tourists can have lunch and dinner by paying Rs 200 for each meal and Rs 100 each for breakfast and afternoon snacks. The restaurant has a seating capacity for 24 persons.
Drinking water facilities and toilets will be opened at various locations inside the forest within a month.