Nandankanan Zoo, Bhubaneswar
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Nandankanan Zoo

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Nandankanan Zoo
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29 Ratings & 26 Reviews

About Nandankanan Zoo

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    • Not Allowed: Pets
    • Timings - Opening & Closing: Summer: 7.30 AM - 5.30 AM , Winter: 8.00 AM - 5.00 AM

Nandankanan Zoo is located in the Chandaka Forest, on the banks of the Kanjia Lake. Black panthers, gharial crocodiles and white tigers are some of the wildlife that exist in the zoo. The zoo is home to over 67 kinds of mammals, 18 varieties of reptiles and 81 species of birds that co-exist in the deeply forested boundaries. For gharial crocodiles, a captive breeding centre is also located within the zoo.

White tiger breeding also takes place at the zoo. Asiatic lions, Indian crocodiles,    Nilgiri langurs   and countless birds, reptiles and fish are also housed within the zoo. In the zoo are also housed 34 aquaria that contains a large variety of fresh water fish. Entrance of the Reptile Park is adorned with a life-size tyrannosaurus.

Spread over an area of 400 hectares, the zoo was opened to the public in 1979. Renowned to became the first zoo in India to join World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) in 2009, it  also contains a botanical garden. Literally meaning 'The Garden of Heavens', the zoo area includes the 134-acres Kanjia Lake. Reptile Park is home to numerous species of crocodiles, lizards, turtles and snakes.

Adopt-an-Animal programme was started at the zoo in 2008, to help involve the general public in animal conservation and raise money. In the zoo, tourists can find facilities for boating and forest safaris.

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  • Excellent 18
  • Very Good 5
  • Good 1
  • Average 1
  • Below Average 1
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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  More than 3hrs
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  • Camera/Video allowed
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26 traveller reviews for Nandankanan Zoo

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Krupasindh Satapathy

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  • Krupasindh Satapathy
  • Lives in Bhadrak
  • 21 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  729 readers

"Many more birds and animals" new review

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
I visited the zoo with my family and saw many animals like tiger, bear, deer, etc. And also enjoyed the beautiful birds of many colours that attracted to us very much. Minimum 3 hours I enjoy much.
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Sasikumar Nair

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  • Sasikumar Nair
  • Lives in Thiruvananthapuram
  • 6 photos
  • 7 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
  •  1099 readers

"A derelict zoo" new review

  • 4.00/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Once boasted as one of finest Zoo in India, this place is in shambles now. It needs more of the animals and dedicated staff. We made a safari in the park and it lasted less than one hour and was utmost disappointing.
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Mishti Bhattacharya

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  • Mishti Bhattacharya
  • Lives in Bhubaneswar
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  • 27 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  2862 readers

"Amazing experience"

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This is one of the biggest zoo in the country. Loved it absolutely, different types of wild animals can be seen. The jungle safari was just pure fun where you can see lions, tigers, wild boars, deers roaming near to you freely (not in cages). It was kind of thrilling tour. Guides are also available there to take you to zoo tours.
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Savyasachee Jha

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  • Savyasachee Jha
  • 3 Reviews
  •  750 readers

"Best zoo, needs lot of time"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
It is the best zoo where I went till now, you can enjoy a lot there, to see this zoo you must have 6-8 hours in hand. The zoological park have massive bird attraction, it also offers different safaris like lion, white tiger, bear and deer. Its cleanliness does not have any effect by presence of massive human beings due its strict rule of cleanliness.
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Bijay kuma  behera

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  • Bijay kuma behera
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  358 readers

"Plan to visit"

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Zoo is good and its big it will take 1 day to visit that place. So you prepare according your time so that you can visit zoo full part or your time will lose.
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Preeti Dhanuka

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  • Preeti Dhanuka
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 2 Reviews
  •  265 readers

"During summer animals stay inside their habitat"

  • 3.00/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
This is certainly not to be visited in summer afternoon as animals stay inside their shed. Very few animals left in the jungle, the elephant ride and the cable trolley have been discontinued. The hot and humid afternoon added up to our disappointment. It is wise to take a ride of the zoo in the battery car but there are very few of them for which one has to wait for long in a queue.
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Saarang Agarwal

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  • Saarang Agarwal
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 13 Reviews
  •  222 helpful votes
  •  28330 readers

"One of my favourite places in Odisha"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted May 7, 2015
My mom was from Cuttack, Odisha, so I visited it every year in summer to meet my grandparents. I always force them to take me to Nandankanan Zoo as I loved animals and this place is huge and amazing. I must have visited it 15 times by now.
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Jitendra Nayak

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  • Jitendra Nayak
  • 3 Reviews
  •  9 helpful votes
  •  1200 readers

"A fun and picnic spot"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Apr 19, 2015
When I went there it was very cool so all the animal getting sun bath outside the cage and seeing them is quite fun but from near is amazing. The jungle look of that place really giving a picnic profile to that place and the lake presenting there really awesome for boating with family.
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Animesh Kumar

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  • Animesh Kumar
  • Lives in Bokaro
  • 3 Reviews
  •  12 helpful votes
  •  721 readers

"Good place to relax and have fun"

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted Mar 19, 2015
The place is very environment friendly and can be accompanied by both with friends and relatives and also with kids. A fun loving place and great place for enjoyment.
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Ashish Tripathy

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  • Ashish Tripathy
  • Lives in Bhubaneswar
  • 9 Reviews
  •  8 helpful votes
  •  1221 readers

"Awsome place for tourist destination and hangout"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Mar 11, 2015
Wide range of animals of different species are found basic plastic bottles and other plastic materials are not allowed inside zoo Eco-friendly environment. Lot of greenery, cheap ticket price and with good transportation.
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  • 4 votes

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