( Nandankanan Zoo )
A short distance from the capital city, Bhubaneswar, the Nandankanan
Zoo lies in the splendid environs of the Chandaka forest, along
the rippling waters of the Kanjia
Lake. It also contains a Botanical Garden and part of it has been
declared a sanctuary.
Famed for its white tiger population, Nandankanan, or the 'Garden
of Gods', has become a hot family favourite, with visitors getting
an excellent opportunity to enjoy seeing these regal animals in
their natural glory - in an environment conducive to their growth.
Over 67 kinds of mammals, 18 varieties of reptiles and 81 species
of birds co-exist in the deeply forested boundaries.
The zoo enjoys an excellent reputation internationally, for successfully
breeding black panthers, gharial crocodiles and white tigers in
For the first time ever, a captive breeding centre was created for
gharial crocodiles. This important task was also facilitated by
the gift of an adult male from the Frankfurt Zoo.
One of the rarest creatures in the world, the regal white tiger,
received a new lease of life with the important research and concerted
efforts initiated to try and breed them in the natural environs
1980, on a day full of excitement and jubilation, the first litter
of white tigers were born to Deepak and Ganga, two normal, tawny
tigers. Subsequent litters of white tigers have been distributed
to Zoos both at home and abroad. Currently, Nandankanan is home
to over 34 white tigers.
species such as the Asiatic Lion, three Indian crocodilians, sangai
lion-tailed macaque, Nilgiri langur, India pangolin, mouse deer
and countless birds, reptiles and fish have been breeding successfully
of the other attractions of Nandankanan are the 34 aquaria, which
are home to a large variety of fresh water fishes. The Reptile Park's
cave like entrance is guarded by a life-size tyrannosaurus. Inside,
numerous species of crocodiles, lizards, turtles and snakes share
the park with natural ease.
ropeway connecting the Zoo with Botanical Garden over the lake,
the boating facilities and the toy-train for children have added
new feathers. The facilities at Nandakanan include day accommodations,
elephant rides and boating.
The White Tiger Safari, established in 1991, offers visitors the
heady excitement of viewing the rare white tigers from specially
designed protected buses.
lion safari offers an adventurous zing to the trip to Nandankanan.
and the Lakes
Nandankanan's beautifully versatile environs offer the tourists
a great opportunity to be adventurous or laid back. If one doesn't
feel like tearing around sighting animals and watching the birds,
then settle down to a leisurely picnic and mid-afternoon nap under
the trees. Visitors feeling little more energetic can meander along
one of their nature trails.
TO GET THERE
The nearest airport is situated at Bhubaneswar.
Rail: Bhubaneswar is the nearest railhead.
Road: Bhubaneswar is 25-kms from the zoo, on the way to Cuttack.
Time To Visit: October-March