Location : In Chandaka Forest, 25-km from Bhubaneswar,
Houses : A Botanical Garden
Major Variety Of Animals Found Here : White Tiger,
Black Panthers & Gharial Crocodiles
Famous As : Picnic Spot
The Garden of Gods
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 captivity.
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
White Tiger Breeding
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 of Nandankanan.
In 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.
Endangered 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 at Nandankanan.
Some 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.
The 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.
The lion safari offers an adventurous zing to the trip to Nandankanan.
Picnics 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
HOW TO GET THERE
The nearest airport is situated at Bhubaneswar.
Bhubaneswar is the nearest
Bhubaneswar is 25-kms from the zoo, on the way to Cuttack.
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