Nandankanan 

Forest & Wildlife  

Nandankanan

The Heavenly Abode of The Inhabitants

About

Located 15 KM from Bhubaneswar, Nandankanan literally means “celestial garden” came into existence on the 29th December 1960. However strange it may seem, the zoo came up as afterthought. During the World Agriculture Fair held in New Delhi in 1960, Odisha pavilion displayed animals from ...

Located 15 KM from Bhubaneswar, Nandankanan literally means “celestial garden” came into existence on the 29th December 1960. However strange it may seem, the zoo came up as afterthought. During the World Agriculture Fair held in New Delhi in 1960, Odisha pavilion displayed animals from Odisha in its stall. Once the fair was over, the realization dawned that the animals needed a home. After a lot of deliberations, the current site located in Jujhagarh Forest block was selected.

Unlike other zoos, Nandankanan is built right inside the forest and set amidst natural environment. The animals are housed in spacious enclosures which replicate the habitat they live in, enabling them to settle down and lead a healthy life.

Nandankanan being one of the most prominent zoological parks in the world and has many firsts to its credit.

It is most famous for its white tigers and is the host zoo for the species. Some of the other firsts are:-

It is the first zoo to breed the endangered Gharials in captivity.

School children are invited to participate in competition like sit and draw and other activities like naming of tiger cubs during the wildlife week, elephant day and wetland day.

Botanical Garden

The adjoining Botanical Park was opened to public in the year 1963. In the year 1981-1982 it was renamed as Nandankanan Zoological and Botanical Park under the recommendation of the Odisha Legislative Committee on Estimates. The botanical garden set besides the Kanjia lake houses many rare species of plants and trees and complements the zoological park on the other side of the lake perfectly.

 

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See to Believe

Below is a visual treat of Nandankanan. Enjoy the immersive experience and experience the 360 degree views and virtual tours which are soon going to enhance your visual journey!

Other Things to Do

While you are at Nandankanan, be sure to experience the below list of must-try activties. Bird Watch the rarest of nature's avian beauties, Rough it out in the ocean with water sports, Get up close and personal with nature on organized treks, Soak in leisure and breathtaking views of Gorges while Boating or enjoy the evening enthralled by performers of Folk and Classical dance. There's lots to do in Odisha's wonderlands!

Trails Covering Nandankanan

Like what you see? Looking to have a well rounded experience in Odisha? Scroll to see a list of the choicest of curated pre-packaged tours covering the most coveted destinations in Odisha.Browse the list and see details of the trail/package which interests you most. Contact the Dept. Of Tourism recogonized Tour Operators who has published the tour and finalize your trip to Odisha today!

Getting There

  • Nearest Railway Station-Bhubaneswar
  • Nearest Airport-Bhubaneswar
  • Road Transport-Bhubaneswar is well connected with road network. Get down at Bhubaneswar and take bus or hire a cab to Nandankanan.
  • Distance from Bhubaneswar- 15 KM

 

Insider's Stories

So why is Odisha touted as Incredible India's Best Kept Secret. What is it about the places, people , landscape, art , culture and history that entices? What makes Odisha the land of cathartic Spiritual experiences, intricate art and immortal architecture regaling many timeless tales, flair for dance and drama, pristine beaches, delectable cuisines stunning landscapes and formidable yet elegant wildlife. Don't take our word for it ; read the through the journeys and experiences of the many travel enthusiasts who have traversed and fallen in love with the land of Odisha!

A DAY OUTING TO NANDANKANAN

After my husband relocated to Bhubaneswar following a job change, I stayedwith him for a few months as the college where I teach was closed due to Covid. Looking for an escape from our daily routine, we planned to visit Nandan Kanan Zoological Park which is very near to the city and well connected by roads. After reaching there we realized how great the place is to take a day off from our busy ...
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ODIA MANGSA DALMA

MANGSA DALMA, An Heirloom Recipe. The recipe is very different from any recipe you may have seen till date as you will see. Make this delicious recipe at home and it will be divine
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OTDC Celebrates 41st Anniversary; adopts 'SPANDAN' Melanistic Tiger to Commemorate

OTDC celebrated 41st Foundation Day by "Adopting a Tiger" named SPANDAN. The Melanistic Tiger is born to Renuka and Samrat at Nandankanan Zoo.
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Essentials Cheat Sheet

Nearby Destinations

Wish to make the best of your trip to Nandankanan ? Make sure your itinerary covers these below must-see destinations close to Nandankanan.Most of these are highly coveted on every tourists bucket list and can be reached from Nandankanan in a matter of hours. We have found 10 such places close to Nandankanan that will maximize your Experience-Odisha!

Stay

There's a variety of options for you to stay at. From Star Rated Hotels, Eco Tour Nature Camps equipped with state of the art swiss tents and facilities to OTDC Government Hotels, Bed Breakfasts and Homestays to choose from. Browse the list below to choose your preferred accomodation.

Showing 2 of 7 Hotel(s) found

Panthanivas Cuttack

Panthanivas Cuttack

Panthanivas Cuttack, At/PO-Buxi bazar, Cuttack-753001

9078885521 , 06712306916

http://www.panthanivas.com

Amenities

Proximity

36 Km. Distance from Airport

3 Km. Distance from Railway Station

0 Km. Distance from Bus Stop

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Panthanivas Bhubaneswar

Panthanivas Bhubaneswar

Panthanivas Bhubaneswar, Lewis Road, BBSR-751014

9078885516 , 06742432515

http://www.panthanivas.com

Amenities

Proximity

5 Km. Distance from Airport

3 Km. Distance from Railway Station

0 Km. Distance from Bus Stop

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Showing 2 of 9 Nature Camp(s) found

hotelname

Chandaka Nature Camps

  • Chandaka Godibari
  • Deras

Accomodation Details

  • Double Bedded 
  • Double Bedded Type- I
  • Double Bedded Type- II
  • Double Bedded Type- III
  • Double Bedded Type- IV

 

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Ansupa Nature Camp

  • Ansupa

Accomodation Details

  • Double Bedded

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Nilay Residency

Nilay Residency

No.36/A, Chandaka Industrial Estate, Infocity Road, Near CTTC, Patia,

7008102141 , 06742745999

https://nilayresidency.com/

Amenities

Proximity

12 Km. Distance from Airport

10 Km. Distance from Railway Station

1 Km. Distance from Bus Stop

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The Acco

The Acco

255,district center,chandrasekharpur bhubaneswar ,odisha

9337232018 , 08144365730

https://www.theacco.in/

Amenities

Proximity

8 Km. Distance from Airport

7 Km. Distance from Railway Station

3 Km. Distance from Bus Stop

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Svanir Wilderness Ecostay

Svanir Wilderness Ecostay

Plot No 257/407 Dalua Village

9818480486

https://svanir.com

Amenities

Proximity

21 Km. Distance from Airport

23 Km. Distance from Railway Station

13 Km. Distance from Bus Stop

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Kila Dalijoda Palace

Kila Dalijoda Palace

At – Jyoti Niketan ( Rajbati) PO & Village – Mangarajpur, via Choudwar Dist - CUTTACK – 754028, Odisha.

9438667086

http://www.kiladalijoda.com

Amenities

Proximity

60 Km. Distance from Airport

50 Km. Distance from Railway Station

5 Km. Distance from Bus Stop

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Find a Tour Operators

Below is a list of Travel Agency/Tour Operators who are recognized by the Department Of Tourism and are trusted Local Specialists. Contact them today to plan a well rounded trip to Odisha and getting the best deals! Their packages cover everything from the most visited to the off-beat, from the most ancient to the most urbane, from mountains to beaches, from the wild city life to the spending nights under a cieling of stars in the actual wilderness! Click on the contact button and get a call back now!

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M/s. Indus Journey
Address

BBSR, Odisha, India
Flat - E/503, Block -E, Srusti Elite,Orakal, Opp- Hitech Square,Padhansahi, Bhubaneswar, Khordha, Odisha

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M/s. Jaydev Travels
Address

BBSR, Odisha, India
99/1, Jaydev Vihar,Near Hotel Pal Height Bhubaneswar-751013

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M/s. Maa Santoshi Travels & Home Services
Address

BBSR, Odisha, India
Bhimatangi Housing Board Colony, LB 44, Phase-II, Bhubaneswar

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