Showing posts with label Wild Life. Show all posts
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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Similipal Tiger Reserve Forest and National Park near Baripada in Mayurbhanj District of Orissa India

Similipal the name of Hill Range is derived from the magnificent and charming Simil (Silky Cotton Tree). The hill ranges have been appropriately described as "Salmali Saila (the hills of Simil Trees)" in the poem 'Usha' written by the famous Oriya poet Laureate Radhanath Ray.
Lush green forests, grasslands, sparkling cataracts and rivers, tigers, elephants, deer, flying squirrels… there is so much to attract you to visit and stay there at the Similipal Tiger Reserve and national park in Orissa India.

Simplipal is situated at the biotic province Chhotanagpur Plateau in the heart of the former Mayurbhanj State and now in the centre of Mayurbhanj district of Orissa. The Similipal National Park, one of the earliest project to come under Project Tiger, as one of the nine tiger project reserves in the country in 1973. The Government of Orissa declared Similipal Sanctuary with an area of about 2200 sq. km. in 1979 and 303 sq. km. area of the Similipal Sanctuary as National Park in 1980. Again the area of the proposed National Park was increased to 845 sq. km. in 1986. On a result it has spread over an area of 2,742 sq kms

The hills with several peaks and valleys in between, rise steeply from the plains of Udala in the south and Baripada in the south-east and extend up to Jashipur in the north-west, Bisnoi in the north and Thakurmunda to the west. There are several streams flowing in all directions and ultimately draining into the Bay of Bengal via Major permanent rivers are the Budhabalanga, Palpala, East Deo, Nekedanacha (Salandi), West Deo, Khairi, Bhandan and Khadkei.
The riparian zones, perennial streams and meadows form key areas. The Bhadragoda valley, Tarinvilla area, Patbil and numerous small swamps and marshes form the riparian zone. Prominent meadows are Devasthali, Bachhurichara, Sapaghar, Matughar, Tarinivilla, Tiktali, Chahala and upper Barakamuda.

Flora and Fauna: This expansive ecosystem, thanks to the mega conservation efforts, has close to a 100 tigers, Leopard 115, Elephant 449, Spotted Dear 3500, Barking dear 4500, Mouse dear1800, Sambar 9000, Gaur 950, Wild boar10500, Langur 250 troupes, wild bear 2900, Rhesus macaque 75 troupes etc are living freely in side the Project area. And you can also see other mammalian species like antelopes, chitals, chevrotains, wild dog, sloth bears, monkeys, hyenas and porcupines are also found here. There are around 230 species of birds in these forests. The ones officially recorded include the red jungle fowl, hill myna, peafowl, alexandrine parakeet, crested serpent eagle, gray hornbill, Indian pied hornbill, Malabar pied hornbill and Indian trogon. Most of these bird species may be spotted in the park. s Newana area. There is a sizable population of reptiles as well, which include snakes and turtles. The population of crocodiles has increased considerably since the inception of the Mugger Management Program. Simlipal National Park is a floral treasure as well. There are 1076 species of plants belonging to 102 families. of which 92 are orchids having similarities to the Northern and Southern Indian orchids. Seven percent of the Indian species of flowering plants and eight percent of orchids of India are found in Similipal. Northern Tropical Semi evergreen Forests extend over an area of about 80 km. Northern Tropical Moist Deciduous Forests extend over an area of about 1540 sq. km. It is found all over Similipal except the moist valleys on the Southern and Eastern aspects of the hills.
There are 42 species of major mammals, 230 species of Birds and 30 species of reptiles recorded so far in Out of the Indian checklist have 7% reptiles, 20% birds and 11% mammals.
Similipal is rich in orchidaceous flora 92 species of orchids along with the omnipresent sal trees. Innumerable medicinal and aromatic plants are found as well that are a source of earnings for the local tribal population.

Human Population in the Reserve area are largely tribal. Due to low level of skills in modern society, lower educational levels, socio-culture traits, they are mainly dependent on local resources like they collect and sale of minor forest products. Remoteness of the areas and insufficient infrastructure makes it difficult to enforce the existing law for providing total Constraints free zone to Similipal. There are 61 villages in the buffer area and there was nearly forty per cent rises in human population in average.There are four villages inside the core area and the human population in core has increasing slowly.

The beauty of the park brings the person into the state of hypnotic sleep. It is a god gift to this sanctuary. It would take several days to go around the park. The waterfalls, tribal settlements and mountain peaks, increase the glory of the park.

How to Reach: Similipal is open for public to visit from 1st November to 15th June. You can enter Similipal through Pithabata (22 km from Baripada). Entry permits can be obtained from the Range Officer, Pithabata check gate. Day visitors can enter between 6 am to 12 noon and visitors with reservation between 6 am and 2 pm. Similipal is 170 km from Bhubaneshwar, 240 from Kolkata,and 60 km from Balasore. The other entry point Jashipur is 94 km from Baripada on N. H 6, which is connecting Raipur of Chhatisgarh and Kolkata of West Bengal. Both places are well connected by bus. Taxis and jeeps are available.

By Rail: The nearest prominent railhead is Balasore (60 km), served by major trains running under East Coast zone of Indian Railways. By Air: Nearest airports are Bhubaneshwar and Kolkata. Accommodation: Aranyanivas at Lulung has 8 double rooms and 2 dormitories, while Panthasala at Bangiriposi (35 km from Baripada) has 4 double rooms.

For reservation, contact Tourist Office, Baripada. 
Call 06792 – 252710, 252593 or 0674 – 2432177.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Debrigarh : Fort of Goddess , a Wild Life Sanctuary of Bargarh District , Odisha

Debrigarh a place in a peak of Barapahar (a sum of 12 mountains) hill of Bargarh District, and the name “Debrigarh” means “The Fort of Goddess” The position and density of forest attracts Govt. to establish an Wildlife Sanctuary and notified in 1985. The Debrigarh peak is about 2267 ft in height. Once upon a time it was a noted safe hiding place of many eminent personalities, during their revolutions. Especially Veer Surendra Sai the freedom fighter who was also living here during his fight against English rule and captured here in 1864 by British soldiers. 

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Famous Places of Mayurbhanja District of Odisha Orissa to see sanctuary with springs, mountains and Waterfall, Wild Life and Famous Temples

Mayurbhanj District Map
In East West Bengal and Baleswar
In North: West Bengal and Jharkhand
In South : Keunjhar Dist and Jharkhand
In South : Baleswar and Keunjhar Garh
Mayurbhanj District presents a Picture of many millennia in the human history. It occupies a unique position being endowed with lush green vegetation, different fauna and rich cultural heritage. The soil of the district has a rich mineral base and is home to the Similipal Biosphere, which is famous for the Project Tiger. Mayurbhanj is popularly known being administered by ony two contemporaneous medieval ruller families named as "Mayurs" and "Bhanjas" in unbroken continuity for over a thousand years, until the merger with the state of Orissa on 1st January,1949.
Simillipal: 60 km from Baripada is the wildlife sanctuary surrounded by forests, springs, mountains and Waterfall. Sanctuary has tigers, deers, elephants and other animals in their original habitat. Visit Simillipal 

Devkund : A Beautiful and enchanted Picnic Spot in lap of Natural Environment of Water Falls, Deep Forests and High Mountains around. Visit the place and get recharged
Khitching: Temple of Goddess Chamunda is situated at a distance of 150 kms from Baripada. The structrure of the temple with it’s monolitheic pillars of Chaulakunj, exacaved size of Biratgarh and the museum are the visiting places.

Mantri: 36 kms from Baripada and known for the temple of “Kikatua Vaidyanath ". Baripada: It is the Headquarter of the Mayurbhanj District. Ruins of ancient forts and Jagannath temple are the tourist’s attractions.

Kichakeswari Temple: This temple is situated at Bahalda, 16 km from Baripada. Goddess Kichakeswari is worshipped here.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Visit Thengo Dam a beautiful Picnic Spot in Sonepur District of Orissa .Odisha to have a feel of healthy natural environment.


Back to Sonepur

Thenga Dam Site : A famous Picnic spot in Sonepur district is Thengo Dam Site of Birmaharajpur Block on Harihara Jora Irrigation Project. The Dame site is attracting thousands of local visitors around the year to have a picnic there under the natural and beautiful environment around.

The spectacular water body in foot of the hills and deep forest with cool environment will give you a touch of nature. You can rent a wooden boat with boatman for boating in there. You can also see and feel the charming sound of different species of birds including peacock there in the jungle. Some times in winter you can also find the foreign birds there that are in migration to Chilika Lake. Some times there is also possibility of seeing an elephant, bear or a wolf there in the jungle at the Dam Site. A picnic under the deep shadow of the Jungle will never be erased from your brain if visited.

How to Visit : It is will be 35 Km away from Sonepur the District Head Quarter in North direction via Dharmasala on bank of River Mahanadi, Kotasamalai famous for Patali Srikhetra and Jaloi. One can visit from Sambalapur it will be about 90 KM away in east direction via, Dhanupali Chaka of Sambalapur, Huma famous place for Tilted Temple of Lord Siva, and Goddes Metakani on the way to Ulunda, Dharmasala. In other way one from Deogarh or Angul can visit from NH 42 at Charmal or Motibahal Chaka. You can stay at Sonepur to visit other near by famous spots and temples in the district.

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Kendrapada district is situated in east coast belt of Orissa, Kendrapara occupies a total area of 2,644 sq km.

Map of Kendrapada, Odisha

Kendrapada District:

Kendrapada district is situated in east coast belt of Orissa, Kendrapara occupies a total area of 2,644 sq km. The district is bounded with Bhadrak in north, Jagatsinghpur in south , Bay of Bengal in east , Cuttack and Jajpur districts in west direction. This district is blessed with a wide stretch of highly fertile land, Kendrapara earns its yearly revenue from agriculture-based activities. Lord Baladev jew’s Temple, Kanika palace, Vaitarinika wildlife sanctuary and Dangamal are some of the most sought-after tourists places of the district.

Kendrapada Town: Kendrapada is also known as the Tulasi Khetra. This town is famous for the temple of Lord Baladev Jiew.

Kanika Palace: Kanika palace is still has some antiques in it.

Vitarakanika Wildlife Sanctuary: Vitarakanika is 130 Km from Bhubaneswar through Cuttack, Kendrapara, Pattamundai. This wildlife Sanctuary This sanctuary consists of 650 sq km coastal area of Kendrapara, Jagatsingpur and Bhadrak district.

Dangamal: A crocodile project was established at Dangamal where there is a rare variety of crocodiles.Gahiramatha: Gahiramatha is the breeding ground for several endangered species of sea turtles.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Satakosia Gorge of River Mahanadi of Orissa , See the wildfull nature at a close distance where the civilization has not reached to make a blending.

Satokosia gorge, where the nature in its prehistoric wild disposition houses all the phenomena including flora and fauna is a rare place. For, it remains untouched by the lust of civilization.
If the wild animals including Sambar, barking deer and wild boar have made the sanctuary their home, leopards and Royal Bengal Tigers follow the area in their unique style.
Up in the forest near Barmul lies a cave where a 16-feet King Cobra leads a majestic life with his family. The site of the snake king slithering from a tree trunk and drinking from the gorge below where crystal clear water gushes through would send a chill down the spine of any adventurer.
The calmnessof the nature is broken at times by the sweet chirping of rare birds like Horn bills, Fishing Eagles, Crested Serpent Eagles, Racket-tailed Drango, Hill Hyenas (Sunakani an Rupakani) while one can see the rare flying squirrels, Malabar giant squirrels and reptiles like Star Tortoise, King Cobra, , the sanctuary has a water tank, salt lick and fodder style grass, Napier grass and orchard. full protection is provided to wild animals who visit the centre?
There are also tree-top manchans and a cottage for the tourists to view to movement wild animals at night. The part of the Sanctuary situated on Rocket Python, Monitor Lizard, Gharial and Mugar Crocodile. Sitalpani is a spot atop a hill where ice cold water is available throughout the year. It also has the costliest timber species—Rosewood.
Satkosia can be approached from Chhamundia, a 30-Km drove form Gania in Nayagarh district and 120 Km form Bhubaneswar . At Badmul near Chhamundia, the Mahanadi Wildlife Division has constructed an observatory where one gets a panoramic view of the spectacular gorge and the Amazonian expense of the Mahanadi . Eight Km form Badmul lies Kuturi, where the Habitat development for natural breeding centre for animals is located.
Established by the divisionthe northern part of the Mahanadi , includes Mahanadi Reserve Forests (RF) of Nayagarh district and Nandagadu PRF of Boudh District.
Rich in flora and fauna borders the Mahanadi river along the Satkosia gorge which also includes the Gharial Chrocodile Sanctuary. of Tikerpara. A stay in Tikerpara and cruise along the 25 km long gorge with beautiful forests on either side is a a memorable experience.
Species of fauna to be seen :
Rare birds like Hornbills, Fishing eagles, Crested serpent eagles, Racket-tailed Drongo, rare flying squirrels, malabar gaint squirrels, reptiles like Star tortoise, King cobra, Rock python, Monitor lizard, Gharial and Mugar crocodile, tiger, leopard, striped hyena, wild dog or dhole, Indian wolf, sloth bear, sambar, chital, barking deer, mouse deer, chousingha, nilgai, wild pig, gaur, elephant, gharial, mugger, chameleon, terrapins ,poisonous and non-poisonous snakes .One can almost touch the Boda fish and Car fish weighing upto 30 kg, during boat ride
Best time to visit September to March

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