literally meaning "The Garden of Heaven"

About Nandankanan

Nandankanan Zoological Park is a premier large zoo of India. Unlike other zoos in the country, Nandankanan is built right inside the forest and set in a completely natural environment. The animals are housed in enclosures with greenery with a feel of real forest and live with no fear or apprehension of becoming the hunter's prey.

Nandankanan is 15 kms from Odisha's capital, Bhubaneswar. The Bhubaneswar railway station is at a distance of 18 kms and the Biju Patnaik International Airport is at a distance of 20 kms. Tourist cottages inside Nandankanan are available for accommodation, only during day time, on prior reservation from the office of Deputy Director, Nandankanan Zoological Park.


  • Nandankanan is the first zoo in the World to breed White tiger and Melanistic tiger.
  • Nandankanan is the only conservation breeding centre of Indian Pangolins in the world.
  • Nandankanan is the only zoological park in India to become an institutional member of World Association of Zoos and Aquarium (WAZA).
  • Nandankanan is the only zoo in India after which an express train Puri-New Delhi express has been named as "Nandankanan Express".
  • Nandankanan is the first zoo in India where endangered Ratel was born in captivity.
  • Nandankanan is the only zoo in India to have an Open-top Leopard Enclosure.
  • Nandankanan is the second largest heronry for Open Billied Storks in Odisha.