Similipal, a biosphere reserve, located in Mayurbhanj district of Orissa is widely acclaimed for its habitat for wild animals and plants. A tiger reserve is also present here since 1973 to protect the fast disappearing tigers. Besides Mayurbhanj Elephant Reserve (Similipal-Kuldiha-Hadgarh Elephant Reserve) has been functioning here since 2001 to provide a safe habitat for pachyderms.
Known for its rich biodiversity Similipal is an ideal place for adventure tourism. It is also home to some exotic species of orchids. It attracts tourists round the year. Both the tiger reserve and elephant reserve are star attractions of Similipal. The sanctuary normally remains open to visitors from November to June.