Nandankanan Zoo, Bhubaneswar

Nandankanan Zoo

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46 Ratings & 37 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 this Sightseeing

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  • Excellent 23
  • Very Good 6
  • Good 5
  • Average 2
  • Below Average 1
  • Poor 0
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  • 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

37 traveller reviews for Nandankanan Zoo

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Anil vaddemgunta

  • Tourist
  • Anil vaddemgunta
  • 3 Reviews
  •  141 readers

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

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
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

  • Tourist
  • Sachi Mohanta
  • Lives in Bhubaneswar
  • 2 Reviews
  •  510 readers

"Beautiful Zoo"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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
  •  249 readers

"Very beautiful place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
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 New Delhi
  • 65 photos
  • 12 Reviews
  •  1874 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
  •  3346 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
  •  496 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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Ansuman Das

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  • Ansuman Das
  • Lives in Bhadrak
  • 2 Reviews
  •  813 readers

"Excellent zoo and many more animals"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Nov 2, 2015
We also visited this Zoo after visiting Ram Mandir and enjoyed many more animals, birds and many more. We stayed here for 2 hours and took photo of many animals and cleanliness is nice and its the best natural place to enjoy. Day time is the best time for visit the zoo that everyone see nicely and enjoy.
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Debapriya Behera

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  • Debapriya Behera
  • Lives in Jharsuguda
  • 1 Review
  •  505 readers

"Nice to visit with bus services"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Nov 1, 2015
It is a very nice place to visit, you can get the city bus service to go there all through the day. But good food is not available nearby and you can't take out side food into the zoo.
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Biswajit Biswal

  • Connoisseur
  • Biswajit Biswal
  • Lives in Bhubaneswar
  • 5 photos
  • 20 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  4994 readers

"No 1 Zoo in India"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 27, 2015
It is the host zoo for white tigers. White Tigers were born to normal coloured parents in 1980, a unique event in the world. The zoo is enriched with 101 enclosures with 202 sub-enclosures at Nandankanan. It has the significance of having both the cages and open moat enclosures. There are 54 cages and 47 open moated enclosures to house all the captive animals of Nandankanan Zoo.
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Padmini Rout

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  • Padmini Rout
  • Lives in Cuttack
  • 38 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
  •  5853 readers

"Nature of animals"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Sep 23, 2015
It is the best place that travellers can visit many more animals and birds. It is the place in which it makes everyone happy and feel funny. I enjoyed that place and came to know many things.
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