Nandankanan Zoo, Bhubaneswar

Nandankanan Zoo

Rank 3
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Average Rating
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57 Ratings & 41 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.

What travellers are saying about Nandankanan Zoo

Experience scale
  • Excellent 26
  • Very Good 6
  • Good 5
  • Average 2
  • Below Average 2
  • Poor 0
  • Terrible 0
Travellers recommend
  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  More than 3hrs
Facilities available
  • Food available for purchase
  • Bathroom facilities
  • Camera/Video allowed
  • Wearing of shoes/footwear allowed
  • Lockers/Storage

41 traveller reviews for Nandankanan Zoo

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Sharat kumar

  • Tourist
  • Sharat kumar
  • 3 photos
  • 2 Reviews
  •  320 readers

"Animal fun and sight seeing with little toddler"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 14, 2017
My Little toddler enjoyed A lot and very happy to see tigers, lion, elephant giraffe especially.
Must visit for learning enhancement of baby toddlers.
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Sachin Joshi

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  • Sachin Joshi
  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 6 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  4325 readers

"Waste of Time"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted Feb 17, 2017
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 ..
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Bhagyashri sane

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  • Bhagyashri sane
  • 2 Reviews
  •  640 readers

"Sane subhash"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 16, 2017
The Nandan Kanani zoo is a must watch place in Bhubaneswar. One should have 2 to 2. 5 hrs to see it properly. Advise to take govt. Guide 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

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  • Nilesh agarwal
  • 9 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  778 readers


  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 9, 2016
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.
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Anil vaddemgunta

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  • Anil vaddemgunta
  • 4 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  3592 readers

"Good for time pass but not to good for wildlife lovers"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted May 16, 2016
Went for safari which is good though couldn't find many beasts. Pedal boating is available but water is muddy, murky. A one time visit just for fun. Carry umbrella and shades if it's summer. Carry cool water as cafeteria is near entrance which is far from where you will roam in zoo.
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Sachi Mohanta

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  • Sachi Mohanta
  • Lives in Bhubaneswar
  • 2 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  3238 readers

"Beautiful Zoo"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Mar 14, 2016
Very beautiful zoo, looking awesome. Interesting to visit the Nandankanan zoo, it was very memorable day of my life. Mostly the people of Odisha is very helpful and simple.
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Kaushik Jena

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  • Kaushik Jena
  • Lives in Jamshedpur
  • 1 Review
  •  1392 readers

"Very beautiful place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 23, 2016
It is a very beautiful place to visit. And it is a fully peacefull place. There are so many attractive animals present there, so I think no one can get bored in that place.
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Surya Dube

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  • Surya Dube
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 100 photos
  • 24 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  7772 readers

"Very nice Zoo"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Jan 29, 2016
It's not a Zoo but in fact 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.
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Dhrupad Buch

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  • Dhrupad Buch
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 7 Reviews
  •  6190 readers

"Big Zoo with safari but not worth wasting time"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Jan 27, 2016
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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Bishwanath Moharana

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  • Bishwanath Moharana
  • Lives in Dhenkanal
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1630 readers

"Nice Zoo with No. of animals and birds"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jan 18, 2016
If you are searching for a place where you can have some silence time, and secondly zoo, with good no of animals, birds and a lake for boating, then you are at the perfect place.
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