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The Heavenly Abode of The Inhabitants


Located 15 KM from Bhubaneswar, Nandankanan literally means “celestial garden” came into existence on the 29th December 1960. However strange it may seem, the zoo came up as afterthought. During the World Agriculture Fair held in New Delhi in 1960, Odisha pavilion displayed animals from Odisha in its stall. Once the fair was over, the realization dawned that the animals needed a home. After a lot of deliberations, the current site located in Jujhagarh Forest block was selected.

Unlike other zoos, Nandankanan is built right inside the forest and set amidst natural environment. The animals are housed in spacious enclosures which replicate the habitat they live in, enabling them to settle down and lead a healthy life.

Nandankanan being one of the most prominent zoological parks in the world and has many firsts to its credit.

It is most famous for its white tigers and is the host zoo for the species. Some of the other firsts are:-

It is the first zoo to breed the endangered Gharials in captivity.

School children are invited to participate in competition like sit and draw and other activities like naming of tiger cubs during the wildlife week, elephant day and wetland day.

Botanical Garden

The adjoining Botanical Park was opened to public in the year 1963. In the year 1981-1982 it was renamed as Nandankanan Zoological and Botanical Park under the recommendation of the Odisha Legislative Committee on Estimates. The botanical garden set besides the Kanjia lake houses many rare species of plants and trees and complements the zoological park on the other side of the lake perfectly.

See to Believe

Below is a visual treat of Nandankanan. Enjoy the immersive experience and experience the 360 degree views and virtual tours which are soon going to enhance your visual journey!


Other Things to Do

While you are at Nandankanan, be sure to experience the below list of must try activities. The four safari rides – Lion, Tiger, Bear & Deer Safari are a must try. Enjoy boating at the idyllic settings of the Kanjia Lake.

Trails/ Packages Covering Nandankanan

So, why is Odisha touted as incredible India's Best Kept Secret? What is it about the places, people, landscape, art,culture and history that is so enthralling? What makes Odisha the land of cathartic spiritual experiences, intricate art and immortal architecture regaling timeless tales, beaches, cuisines, landscapes and wildlife. Read through the travelogues, journeys and experiences of many travel enthusiasts who have traversed and fallen in love with the land of Odisha!

Getting There

  • Nearest Railway Station-Bhubaneswar
  • Nearest Airport-Bhubaneswar
  • Road Transport-Bhubaneswar is well connected with road network. Get down at Bhubaneswar and take bus or hire a cab to Nandankanan.
  • Distance from Bhubaneswar- 15 KM


Essentials Cheat Sheet

Nearby Destinations

Wish to make the best of your trip to Nandankanan? Make sure your itinerary covers these below must-see destinations close to Similipal Nature Camp.Most of these are highly coveted on every tourists bucket list and can be reached from Similipal Nature Camp in a matter of hours. We have found 10 such places close to Similipal Nature Camp that will maximize your Experience-Odisha!


There's a variety of options for you to stay at. From Star Rated Hotels, Eco Tour Nature Camps equipped with state of the art swiss tents and facilities to OTDC Government Hotels, Bed Breakfasts and Homestays to choose from. Browse the list below to choose your preferred accomodation.

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Find a Travel Agency/Tour Operator

Below is a list of travel agents/tour operators who are our trusted local specialists. Contact them today to plan a well-rounded trip to Odisha, and for getting the best deals. Their packages cover everything - from the most visited to the off-beat, from ancient to urbane, from mountains to beaches, from city life to stargazing nights. Click on the contact button and get a call back!

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