River Trips in Papikonda National Park & Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary

Papikonda National Park and Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary is spread across 3 districts of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states.

Papikonda National Park and Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary view from river Godavari
Papikonda National Park and Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary view from river Godavari.

Papikonda national park and wildlife sanctuary is situated in the East and West Godavari districts of Andhra Pradesh state and Khammam district in Telangana state.

Papikonda wild life sanctuary & national park is spread over 1000 square kilometers. It is home to Royal Bengal tigers, leopards, spotted deer, sambar, bison, etc. The Bengal tiger is an Indian Tiger species and India’s national animal. Wild water buffaloes were seen till the 80’s; now they seems to be extinct from these areas.

The National park is situated along the right & left a banks of the river Godavari. The sight of River Godaveri meandering through the Gorges and deep forests in the National park will make you spellbound. There is a Museum and Environmental education center inside the national park. Safari ride and river trips are major activities for the tourists.

The kingdom of the Apes described in the Great epic of Ramayana (known as Kishkinda in Ramayana) is located here in this park. Sita was brought back from Lanka to this area with the help of locals here.

Palkonda Hills alias Papi kondalu or Papi Hills is situated in Kadapa district. Boat safari to these areas can be booked through AP tourism website. The Package tour from AP tourism includes overnight stay at huts in Kolluru village. There is no mobile or phone connectivity here; except for  a satellite phone connection in the village.

How Do I Go To Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary or Papikonda National Park?

Rajahmundry is the nearest major city to Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary and Papikonda National Park. Rajahmundry railway station is located on the main Chennai – Delhi / Kolkotta route. Rajahmundry airport is the nearest airport to the national park and wildlife sanctuary. Visakhapatnam airport is at around 100 kilometers from the Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary.

Khammam is another nearby town to the national park. Warangal , and Suryapet are other major towns to the national park.

Which is the Ideal Season to Visit the Papikonda National Park?

October to May are the Ideal months to visit Papikonda National park.

Hotels near Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary and Papikonda National Park

Rajahmundry, Kannapuram and Maredumilli towns has government Forest rest houses for tourists. There are many hotels in the nearby towns of Rajahmundry, Warangal, Suryapet, etc.

Simlipal National Park and Simlipal Tiger Reserve

Simlipal National Park is a National Park situated in Mayurbhanj district of Odisha state, India. Simlipal Tiger Reserve and Mayurbhanj Elephant Reserve are part of the Simlipal National Park. The National Park got its name from the red silk cotton trees called ‘Semulin’, found inside the park.

Palpala River near lulung in Simlipal National ParkPalpala River near Lulung in Simlipal National Park

Mayurbhanj Elephant Reserve consists of three protected areas namely; Similipal Tiger Reserve spread over an area of 2750.00 square kilometers, Hadgarh Wildlife Sanctuary spread over an area of 191.06 square kilometers and Kuldiha Wildlife Sanctuary spread over an area of 272.75 square kilometers

The National park has a protected area of 845.70 square kilometers. As per the last count, there are 99 Royal Bengal tigers (India’s National animal) and 432 Wild elephants inside the National Park. Indian bison and four horned Antelope (chausingha) are also found here. There is a separate area for orchids inside the National park. The National Park and its surrounding areas has 96 orchid species.

Joranda falls with a height of 181 meters and Barehipani falls with a height of 217 meters are two beautiful falls inside the National Park, which is part of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves as approved by UNESCO. Champak flowers fragrance fills the atmosphere here. Sal trees (locally known as Sakhua) are found in Large numbers. Rivers Palpala, Budhabalanga, Salandi, Khairi, etc, originate in this area. 231 Bird species are found in this area and is an ideal location for bird watching. Plant species numbering 1076 are found here. 42 mammal species, 30 reptile species are also found in this Narional Park.

How Do I Go to Simlipal National Park or Simlipal Tiger Reserve?

The entry point to Simlipal National Park and Simlipal Tiger Reserve is from Pithabata check gate. You need to pay the charges here to get the entry permits. Pithabata check gate is situated at a distance of 22 kilometers from Baripada, the district head-quarters. Balasore is at 60 kilometers away from the National Park and Tiger Reserve. Jashipur is another entry point to the Simlipal National park & Simlipal Tiger Reserve, at 95 kilometers away from Baripada, the district head quarters.

Simlipal National Park is at a distance of 200 kilometers from Kolkata, 250 kilometers from Bhubaneswar,

Simlipal National Park Timings

Simlipal National Park is open only From 1st October To 15th June. Entry is allowed from 6 am.