Zoo cum botanical garden of Nandankanan covers an area of 400 hectares. The zoo came up way back in 1960. The place is part of World Association of Zoos and Aquariums since 2009. The Garden of Heavens is very near to the capital city of Orissa, Bhubaneswar.
Nandankanan Park is near Kanjia Lake. Since the advent of animals at the park, the Lake too has become a popular tourist spot. Both these places offer a great recreational experience.
First tiger came to the place from Calcutta in 1964. African lions, Puma and Mugger Crocodiles came along with the tiger. The visitors to the place enjoy viewing many species of mammals, birds and reptiles around the place. The forest is famous as a breeding ground for white tigers. Many endangered species of Nilgiri langur, Mouse deer, Sangal lion-tailed macaque and Indian crocodiles can be seen around the place. The zoo has a lovely collection of freshwater fishes in its wonderful Aquaria.
Apart from its Aquaria, the park is famous for its Reptile Park where one comes across lizards, snakes, crocodiles and turtles.
Orchid House at the zoo has a beautiful array of orchids to be viewed and enjoyed.
Zoo remains open to guests from 7.30 in the morning to 5.30 in the evening from April to September. From October to March visiting hours are eight in the morning to five in the evening. For regular maintenance work, the place remains close to visitors on Mondays.
A nominal fee of Rs.20/ is to be paid by an Indian adult as an entry fee. Foreign visitors need to pay Rs.100/. Physically impaired people get free admission to the place.
One can stay at a tourist cottage at Nandankanan on paying Rs.300/. A stay at the place is an enjoyable people who love photography. Photography is allowed at different fee towards still cameras, digital still cameras, video cameras and movie cameras.
There are lots of things one can do while at the Park. Lion Safari, White Tiger Safari, Rope Way, Toy Train, Paddle Boating and Family Boating can be enjoyed around the place.
One can travel to Nandankanan by bus, taxi or auto-rickshaw from Bhubaneshwar. Buses are also available to the park from Bhubaneshwar airport.
“Nandankanan Zoological Park commemorates the World Environment Day on 5th June 2018 by organizing and promoting the Day through a series of engaging activities and events generating strong public interest and participation.