Once you are in Nandankanan, you have unique opportunity to explore, learn, discover and enjoy. The wild animals and the plant life you encounter here, will educate, thrill and inspire you.
Nandankanan that got it’s name from ‘Nandan Van’ meaning- the ‘Garden of God’, tempts you to come here again and again.
Nandankanan is a premier large zoo and one of the finest zoos of it’s kind in the country. Nandankanan Zoological Park amidst natural forest along the banks of Kanjia lake, spreading over a large expanse of undulating topography with forests, water bodies and natural features, is set in a beautiful natural setting. Nandankanan was established on 29th December, 1960. The zoo covers an area of 3.62 Sq.Km while Nandankanan Sanctuary (Zoo together with Kanjia lake and Botanical Garden notified as sanctuary on 3rd August, 1979) occupies an area of 4.37 Sq.Km.
Flora and Fauna:
Nandankanan is a home to various flourishing varieties of flora. The splendid environs of Chandaka forests and ripling waters of Kanjia Lake forms flora here. Giving it a gardening beauty are the flowers here. The zoo is thickly densed with trees like Bija, Sal, Asana and Anala.
Nandankanan is world renowned for its white tigers. This internationally recognized zoo is home to a large number of animals which are on verge of extinction. Animals like Rhino, Manipuri Deer, Wild Ass, Tigers, Himalayan Black Bear, Lion Tailed Macaque, Chimpanzees, Orangutan, Hippopotamus, Zebra, Mouse deer, Blackbuck and Chousinga are most eminent. There are about 21 species of reptiles that can be found here.
Major Wildlife Attractions:
Over 1200 wild animals of different groups of animals (reptiles, birds and mammals) are housed in the zoo. A number of species of fishes may be seen in Aquarium. 98 species of free living wild animals are found in the sanctuary area. The floral diversity of Nandankanan manifests itself in 424 species of plants of 87 families.
Lion Safari tours offered at this park enthrall the visitors at this park. Jeeps and elephants are also available on hire to have a ride through the park. Have a view of majestic wildlife of this park through its Safari tours.
Best Time to Visit:
The reserve is open to tourists from 10th November to 15th June in every season.
How to Get there:
Air: Bhubaneswar Airport, 20km.
Rail: Bhubaneswar is the nearest railway station from the zoo.
Road: Bhubaneswar is well connected to other parts of the state. Innumerable buses are available from Bhuvneshwar that enroute to Nandankanan.
General Info / Tips:
Summers are hot here with a maximum mercury level recorded being 40 degree centigrade. Winters are cooler and pleasant time to visit this park. The minimum temperature recorded during winters remains around 14 degree centigrade. With the onset of monsoons, the park experiences heavy rainfalls and makes most of its area inaccessible. You should try avoid visiting this park during monsoons as roads get washed out.
25-km from Bhuvneswar
White Tiger, Black Panthers & Gharial Crocodiles