Mayurbhanj:1/11/17; Similpal Tiger Reserve (STR), which attracts thousands of tourists for its varied bio-diversity and rich reserve of flora and fauna, was thrown open for tourists today after it had remained out of bounds for visitors for four-and-a-half month.
The tiger reserve had been kept out of bounds for visitors in view of monsoon season. Travelling along Similipal during monsoon is a risky proposition as vast areas of the tiger reserve turn inaccessible during monsoon months. The roads inside the jungle get washed away by the rain waters.
The ban on entry had come into force from June 16.
Scattered across 845 sq km area of idyllic environs in Mayurbhanj district, STR is the fourth largest tiger reserve in the country.
Located in Mayurbhanj district, Simlipal is home to many Royal Bengal tigers and elephants. Spread over nearly 845 sq km, the park opens for visitors every year from Nov 1- June 15.