Chandaka Forest, 25-km from Bhuvneswar,
Major Attractions :
White Tiger, Black Panthers & Gharial
Area Covered :
14 sq km.
Ideal Time to Visit the Park :
October to March.
Nearest Attractions :
Madikere, Bandipur National Park, Madhumalli.
Some Major Accesses :
Bhuvneshwar (20km), Kolkata.
Things to Know
is the Nandankanan Zoo
Better known as Garden of Pleasure; Nandankanan Zoo is situated
20km off Bhuvneshwar in Orissa. As part of Chandaka Forests here, the zoo is
a perfect escape destination from hustle bustle of the city. The zoo lies on
the lines of Kolkata-Chennai railway line and is very close to Barang
Railway Station. With 362 hectares of forest area, Kanji Lake occupies a
significant portion of 66 hectares. The first ever breeding ground of
endangered species, Nandankanan Zoo boasts of the significant contribution
that the park has made in wildlife conservation.
Climate at Nandankanan Zoo
Summers are hot here with a maximum mercury level recorded being 40 degree
centigrade. Winters are cooler and pleasant time to visit this park. The
minimum temperature recorded during winters remains around 14 degree
centigrade. With the onset of monsoons, the park experiences heavy rainfalls
and makes most of its area inaccessible. You should try avoid visiting this
park during monsoons as roads get washed out.
Important Dates in Nandankanan' History
This magnificent zoo in Orissa was established on 27December, 1960. The
most important year in the history of this zoological park is 1980, when the
regal white tiger received a new lease of life. Ganga and Deepak were the
two tigers that were born to make this year much jubilated for all. At
present there are about 34 tigers that are found here. In 1991, the tiger
safari was established at this park in order to provide an enthralling view
of the tigers from behind the protected bushes.
The Ecological System in the
The Flora in the Nandankanan Zoo
Nandankanan is a home to various flourishing varieties of flora. The
splendid environs of Chandaka forests and ripling waters of Kanjia Lake
forms flora here. Giving it a gardening beauty are the flowers here. The zoo
is thickly densed with trees like Bija, Sal, Asana and Anala.
Fauna in the Nandankanan Zoo
Nandankanan is world renowned for its white tigers. This internationally
recognized zoo is home to a large number of animals which are on verge of
extinction. Animals like Rhino, Manipuri Deer, Wild Ass, Tigers, Himalayan
Black Bear, Lion Tailed Macaque, Chimpanzees, Orangutan, Hippopotamus,
Zebra, Mouse deer, Blackbuck
and Chousinga are most eminent. There are about 21 species of reptiles that
can be found here.
The Avifauna in the Nandankanan Zoo
Nandankanan is a bird watcher's paradise. There are about 59 species of
birds that are found at this park.
and White necked
stork are the two birds that enslave wildlife enthusiasts with their
The Safaris in the Nandankanan Zoo
Lion Safari tours offered at this park enthrall the visitors at this park.
Jeeps and elephants are also available on hire to have a ride through the
park. Have a view of majestic wildlife of this park through its Safari
Nandankanan Zoo Wildlife Travel
Bangalore - Mysore - Ranganathittu - Nagarhole - Bandipur - Mudumalai -
Ooty - Cochin - Periyar - Varkala - Trivandrum
How to Reach Nandankanan Zoo
Bhubaneswar Airport, 20km.
Bhubaneswar is the nearest railway station from
Bhubaneswar is well connected to other parts of
the state. Innumerable buses are available from Bhuvneshwar that enroute to