About the place:
Similipal is near to Baripada. Similipal has two entrance one Pithabata and other Jashipur. Jashipur is on another side of the forest and need night halt if one to wish cover the whole range and exit from Jashipur or vice-versa. Forest houses with good amenities are there and can be booked online or when taking entry subject to avaiability.
Baripada can be reached by bus from Esplanade and available from morning to noon and then overnight buses. Good number are there and no need to book very early. Its 5 hrs journey and its good and comfortable. Baripada has good number of hotels from budget to luxury. Carry your id always. During weekends hotels near to bus stand can be already booked but we fortunately got other hotels which are just 10-15 mins distance, so you can get hotels on the day you arrive or can book early. We had all our food from Hotel Mahapatra which is quite popular with good food and you google search it. Opposite to this hotel you can find hotel for staying and ask for directions. We stayed at Hotel Subhadra which was good for the budget. Reaching Baripada can be done also by train and nearest railway station is Balassore or you can also come from Bhubhaneswar. There are nearby many other places for long holiday. Chandipur, Panchalingeswar, Devkund and many more which all can be covered in three- four days. Hire cars once you reach there for Similipal and they are available near bus stand. Carry some food and water inside the forest as the journey is long. You can easily take day trip however for complete experience night stay is a good idea. Similipal has many other waterfall, kunds, crocodile conservation center, orchid green houses and if fortunate you can spot tiger, elephant and many other wild fauna. Also it would be better if you hire guide to get inside stories.
There are good number of eateries serving non-veg lunch and veg lunch can be get in canteen run by forest office. Also toilet facilities are there but quite long distance you have to travel. Good time to visit is from October to March until winter remains. Summer would be quite hot and during monsoon forest remain closed.
Explore Similipal and indulge into wilderness...
Also protect nature and travel responsibly...enjoy!!!
P.S: don't wear white cloths..even any other white article will turn red due to red dust at the end of journey...but its fun to see turning red headed or face...