Nandanakanan, which is better known as Garden of Pleasure, Nandankanan was established in 1960, the National Park (Nandankanan) is located 20 km from Bhubaneswar.
Drape across the balmy Chandaka forests, Nandankanan is being the very first captive gharial breeding center of our country; this beautiful park offers a unique opportunity to its flora and fauna to flourish into their natural habitat.
A history is associated with the park. Once a white female tiger passed by the zoo, then she saw a male tiger enclosure and stayed there. This was a rare occurring as no wild animal wants to stay in bondage. The park thus came into presence and houses over 34 white tigers at present. Another beautiful fringe was added to the plume of the park in 1980 when three white tiger cubs were born from normal colored parents.
Offering an array of facilities like boating, white tiger and lion safaris, a nightly animal house, reptile park, aerial ropeway, and cable car; the park is an ideal destination for people having affection for wildlife.
The park is the home to 67 varieties of mammals, 18 varieties of reptiles and 81 species of birds. Spread over a big and beautiful area of 4.4 sq km, the park known as the first breeding place for black panthers.
The park has one more attraction that is a saltwater lake coined as ‘Kangia’ that is spread over an area of 50 hectares. The lake attracts a number of migratory birds like Whistling Teal, Cotton Teal, Darter, Purple Moorhen, Herons, and Jacana every year. There is a botanical garden of the park just across the lake.
Due to its rare offerings and comfortable setting, the park has appeared as a much sought after picnic destination for both locals as well as tourists. A joy ride by toy train to observe the wildlife closely is an all-time favorite of the kids visiting the park.
The best time to visit this park is from October-March. Open on all days except Mondays, the park opens up at 7.30 am and closes down at 6.00 pm during summer whereas the winter timings are from 8 am to 5 pm.
Animals and Exhibits
The zoo has about 1660 individual animals representing 120 species, including 42 species of mammals, 54 species of birds, and 24 species of reptiles.
The main appeal of this place is the White Tiger safari. Nandankanan is famous for its population of white tigers, the first litter of white tigers were born to Deepak and Ganga — both normal tawny tigers.
The zoo includes 34 aquaria which are home to a large variety of freshwater fish.
The Reptile Park’s cave-like entrance is guarded by a life-size Tyrannosaurus rex. This houses numerous species of crocodiles, lizards, turtles, and snakes.
The newly created Bear safari over an area of more than 10 acres has been constructed under financial assistance from the 13th Finance Commission Grant. The entrance gate of Bear safari has been specially designed to provide a natural look. The safari is surrounded by a boundary wall of 828m. length and 3m. height.
The Botanical Garden is spread over 173 acres, is situated in the sylvan settings of the damp brief forest of the sprawling green Nandankanan Sanctuary hammed between two wetlands Kanjia lake & Kiakani lake.
A spacious glasshouse of 2013 square feet is developed for housing succulent plants. A state of art greenhouse of 5200 square feet houses the cultivars of 60 species of indoor plants like Aglaonema, Philodendron, Calathea, Cordyline, Dieffenbachia, Spathiphyllum, Peperomia, Monstera, Hemigraphis, Asplenium, etc.
How to Reach
The nearest airport to Nandan Kanan is the Bhubaneswar airport which is at a distance of only 13 kilometers.
The nearest railway station is the Bhubaneswar Railway Junction on Eastcoast Railway station.
Nandan Kanan is well connected to major cities of Orissa such as Bhubaneswar, Bhawanipatna, Nowrangpur.
- Rs 50 for Adults per head *
- Rs 10 for Children (3 – 12 yrs) per head *
- Rs 100 for Foreigners per head *
(* Rates subject to change)
Located in: Bhubaneswar
Nearest Airport: Bhubaneswar
Nearest Railway Station: Bhubaneswar
Best Time to visit: November to June