Simlipal is situated at the foot of steep hills. The sanctuary extends over 2,750 sq. km at the heart of which is one of the country’s earliest tiger reserves covering about 300 sq km. The area has majestic sal forests interspersed with rosewood and flowering trees (champak and kadamba), expanses of grassland, waterfalls, gorges and valleys through which run 12 rivers and many streams which attract animals. The 22 species of animals include tiger (nearly 100), elephant, leopard, wolf, chintal sambar, dear, gaur, flying squirrel and over 220 species of birds including mynahs, parakeets and peacock. You can also visit the beautiful waterfall at Barheipani and Khadia tribal villages.