Nandankanan Zoological Park, located 15 kilometers away from Bhubaneshwar in Odisha is the largest zoological park of India. Here are 5 reasons why it should be on your bucket list.
1. All Kinds of Animals and Birds in a Natural Habitat
Nandankanan Zoological Park is one of its kind park where you can get to see all kinds of animals ranging from deer, tiger, lion, leopard, panther, elephant, bear, monkey, chimpanzee, orangutan and rhinoceros in a naturally maintained habitat. You can even spot white tigers and Indian Pangolin in the park. Birds like pelicans, white peacock, blue & yellow macaw, open billed stork and green winged macaw can also be seen. “Adopt an Animal” programme is a remarkable facility of the park through which you can take the responsibility of a particular animal/bird. It is a gharial breeding center too.
2. Botanical garden
Nature lovers are sure to have a wonderful time at the botanical garden located between Kanjia lake and Kiakani lake in the park. Exotic plant species of the garden are sure to leave you bewildered.
3. Aquaria and Reptile Park
You can find several fresh water fishes in the 34 aquaria located inside the park. There is a reptile park with a cave-like entrance guarded by a life size T-Rex replica. Numerous species of crocodiles, lizards, turtles, and snakes are housed therein.
Enjoy boating with your kids in the lakes that separates the botanical garden with the zoo. It is an experience to cherish as you admire the flora and fauna from the middle of the lake.
5. Delightful excursions While Staying Nearby
Enjoy trip to some of the best known spots of Odisha while you come to visit this park.
Dhauli Hills (8 kilometers)
At the foothills of Dhauli Hills, there are the rock edits of Emperor Ashoka that have a remarkable historical significance. Shanti Stupa established in early seventies is also worth a visit while you are here.
Khandagiri and Udaygiri caves (8 kilometers)
You should definitely visit Khandagiri and Udaygiri Caves, built in 1st and 2nd Century B.C. for the lithic records of Emperor Kharavela engraved in Hathigumpha. It is the only depiction of Pali records in India.
Hirapur (15 kilometers)
A 9th century hypethral temple of sixty four Yoginis is located at Hirapur and what makes it worth visiting is the fact that only 4 such temples exist in India.
Chandaka Elephant Sanctuary (20 kilometers)
The mighty beings can be spotted in their natural abode at Chandaka Elephant Sanctuary, on the Khurdha uplands of North-Eastern Ghats biotic region spreading over 193.39 square kilometers.
Nandankanan Zoological Park Timings :
April – September 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM
October – March 8.00 AM – 5 PM
Mondays : Closed
A trip to Nandankanan has something for all age groups and families thinking of an exciting summer vacation trip can surely zero down their search on this destination.
Accommodation Near Nandankanan
There are many budget to luxury hotels that offer a comfortable stay near Nandankanan Park.
How to Reach
The nearest airport is at Bhubaneshwar at a distance of 18 kms and the nearest train station is also at Bhubaneshwar at 16 kms. There are regular buses between Nandankan Zoo and Bhubaneshwar. You can also take a cab.