Nandankanan Zoo


14.4/5(58 Ratings)

Nandankanan Zoo Overview

Ranked 4 of 51 sightseeing in Bhubaneswar

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.

What travellers are saying about Nandankanan Zoo

Experience scale
  • Excellent 18
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  • Very Good 4
  • Below Average 3
  • Average 2
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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: More than 3hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Operating hours

7:30 AM -5:30 AM
8:00 AM -5:00 AM

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Reviews and Ratings

Kingshuk choudhury

Kingshuk choudhury2.1/5

3 reviews

Nandankanan Zoo

Nothing much to see, as there are few animals. Battery operated vehicles were not available all the time. A children park is attracted to kids. With guide Rs. 450/- for 3 adults.
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Sharat kumar

Sharat kumar5.0/5

2 reviews

Animal fun and sight seeing with little toddler

My Little toddler enjoyed A lot and very happy to see tigers, lion, elephant giraffe especially.Must visit for learning enhancement of baby toddlers.
  • Animal fun and sight seeing with little toddler
  • Animal fun and sight seeing with little toddler
  • Animal fun and sight seeing with little toddler

Sachin Joshi

Sachin Joshi2.1/5

6 reviews

Waste of Time

ZOO is Average, Very few Animals and for every small activity they are charging the fees.. Entry 25Rs, Camara 10Rs, Bird century 10Rs, Fish Aquarium 10Rs to watch Lion, white Tiger, Bear and Dear 50Rs and to carry chips they charge 5rs for per paper bag and many other small charges even for toilet they charge.. and there are hardly few animal..

Bhagyashri sane

Bhagyashri sane5.0/5

2 reviews

Sane subhash

The Nandan Kanani zoo is a must watch place in should have 2 to 2.5 hrs to see it properly. Advise to take to know it better.the aquarium and birds nest is a splendid experience to watch.besides this many lion rare species of bengal white tiger Chita has bears are baboons, hippos , dears are there in large nos. The tiger lion bear dear safari is also worth going through.The zoo is very well maintained.All age groups people will through lying enjoy it

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Nilesh agarwal

Nilesh agarwal5.0/5

10 reviews


Zoo was too big. If anyone want to visit this, Please plan for whole day. Out of this you can also enjoy as there too many local shop there for refreshment. Transpotation are also available outside of zoo. There is extra fee for safari ride, aquarime and bird avitoary visit.

Anil vaddemgunta

Anil vaddemgunta3.6/5

4 reviews

Good for time pass but not to good for wildlife lovers

Went for safari which is good though couldnt find many beasts.Pedal boating is available but water is muddy,murky.A one time visit just for fun.Carry umbrella and shades if its summer.Carry cool water as cafeteria is near entrance which far from where you will roam in zoo.

Sachi Mohanta

Sachi Mohanta3.6/5

2 reviews

Beautiful Zoo

very beautiful zoo ,looking awosome and intrestting to visit the nandankanan zoo,it was very memorable day of my life.mostly the people odisha is very helpful and simple.

Kaushik Jena

Kaushik Jena5.0/5

1 review

Very beautiful place to visit

It is a very beautiful place to visit. And it is a fully peace full place. there are so many attractive animals are present I think no one can get bored in that place...

Surya Dube

Surya Dube3.9/5

26 reviews

Very nice Zoo

Its not a zoo but infact a zoological park. Lot many animals. Plenty of greenery. There is a lion safari inside. Food is available inside. Kids have lot many options to play inside

Dhrupad Buch

Dhrupad Buch2.9/5

7 reviews

Big Zoo with safari but not worth wasting time

Our visit to Nandankan Zoo was on New Year Day, being too crowded, and hence we had to spend lot of time in buying the entry tickets. Well, if you do not want to stand in queue, be prepared to pay money to guide, who can manage tickets without standing in queue. It is a very big zoo but totally mismanaged. Lots of efforts by the forest department staff to check and screen the visitors so as not to allow plastics inside but all in vain. Overall, not a very clean place, as we could see lots of plastic litter but nobody seemed to pay any attention to it. Visit to Safari was a waste of time as as you can see just one animal (white tiger, lion, bear) in the different areas marked as Safari zone.

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