Nandan Kanan

Nandan Kanan, which literally translates into the garden of the gods, is a rightful name. This haven of various species of wild animals in their natural habitat is indeed like a paradise to those who are in search of greenery, having tired of seeing blocks of concrete and brick all around them. Located in Bhubaneswar, in Orissa, this botanical garden in the middle of the most important city of Orissa is indeed a testament to man’s effort at preserving the creations of nature. This zoological park spreads over a vast area, around 900 acres in total. It is located in the vicinity of the Chandaka forest, and includes Kanjia Lake within its boundary.

Travel Tips

The best time to visit Nandan Kanan is between the months of October and May. The temperature is moderate during the period. If you go in summer, prepare to face quite high temperatures. Also, book your hotel rooms well in advance as the place is quite crowded during the holiday season.

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Things to do

Nandan Kanan was the first zoological garden in India to join the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Hence you can rest assured that your visit here is going to be packed full of exciting discoveries, and meetings with various species of exotic animals. There are around 120 different species of animals, birds, and reptiles in the protected area of the garden. The Nandan Kanan is famous for its population of white tiger. Interestingly, Nandan Kanan claims to be the first place where white tigers originated. Thus you get a chance to see these majestic beasts in the environment where they were first born. The zoological garden is also host to a large variety of endangered animals. Some of the endangered animals that you can come across here are Nilgiri langur, Asiatic lion, Indian pangolin, Indian crocodilians, Sangal lion-tailed macaque, and mouse deer. There are also numerous varieties of reptiles, fishes and birds that can be found here. Nandan Kanan has a separate section for reptiles. The entrance there is guarded by a life-size replica off Tyrannosaurus Rex. You can see the crocodilians that are being preserved here. The garden is famous for its population of gharials and other types of small crocodiles, many of which have been bred here. Another major attraction of the place is the pangolin, of which there are 10 in the zoo. You are also to be greeted by a wide variety of birds, some of which are migratory, coming to rest in the protected area of the zoo, after flying from halfway across the world.

Getting Around

Getting around the place is fairly easy, given that it is the major city of the state. You have the choice of buses- both private and government run- as well as auto rickshaws. You can also hire a cab or rent a car from one of the local agencies to take you around the city. Public transports are available fairly easily.

Places to Stay

As the zoo is in the heart of the city, there are many hotels for you to choose from. Depending on your budget, you can pamper yourself by booking a suite at a luxury hotel, or rent a room in one of the more pocket friendly affairs.

How to Reach

  • In case you are planning to go there by air, you need to get off at the airport in Bhubaneswar. From there, you can take a cab or a bus to get to Nandan Kanan. The airport at Bhubaneswar is well connected to the major airports across the country, including Delhi and Mumbai.
  • The nearest rail station is the one at Bhubaneswar. You can reach the station by boarding a train from any of the major rail stations across the country. A large number of trains serve the Bhubaneswar station. The train fare will be in the range of Rs.160 and Rs.2800 for interstate journeys. Travels within the state is expected to cost between Rs.150 and Rs.300. Tickets can be booked from,, and
  • If you are planning to make the journey by road, you can rent a car from a tourist agency and directly go to Bhubaneswar via NH5. Buses from other major cities of Orissa also leave for Bhubaneswar at regular intervals. You can get buses from Puri and Konark.

Surrounding Attractions

The city of Bhubaneswar is one filled with numerous attractions. Thus while visiting Nandan Kanan, there are a number of other places that you can pay a visit to. You can look into Orissa State Museum. If you are interested in history, this is the place to go. You can find a number of historical artifacts in there. There is also the Tribal Museum. Here you can look at various representations tribal life and culture of the state. The ancient Lingaraj Temple is another popular tourist destination. The temple is famous for its architectural grandeur and craftsmanship. Raja Rani Temple is also a famous spot, and draws tourists from all over the world.

Important Numbers

Capital Hospital: 2400688

Police Control Room: 2403399

SCB Medical Ambulance: 2614499