Nestled in the center of Mayurbhanj, the north of Bhubaneswar is the Similipal National Park, one of India's better known wild life sanctuaries, covering a large forested area of 2750 sq. kms with beautiful waterfalls, and rich wild life that includes, tigers, elephants, leopards, cheetal, etc. The variation in topography, climate and vegetation has supported large varieties of animals, birds and reptiles. Similipal is one of the earliest and finest of India's fifteen Tiger reserves under Project Tiger.

Similipal tiger reserve (near Baripada) and Satkosia-Baisipalli sanctuary are two important wild life sites in Orissa. Satkosia-Baisipalli sanctuary flanks the Mahanadi River and includes the Gharial breeding project of Tikerpara. A stay in Tikerpara and cruise along the 25 km long gorge with beautiful forests on either side is irresistible.