Nandankanan literally means the 'Garden of Pleasure' or the Garden of the Gods. It is situated 20 kms from Bhubaneshwar is a combination of a beautiful botanical garden, a zoo and a sanctuary. The zoo at Nandankanan is world famous for its white tigers. In 1980, for first time, three white cubs were born to normal coloured parents. It sprawls across the Chandaka forest, where the flora and fauna flourish in their natural habitat.
Flora and Fauna :
Endangered species such as the Asiatic Lion, three Indian Crocodilia, sangai lion-tailed macaque, Nilgiri langur, India pangolin, mouse deer and countless birds, reptiles and fish have been breeding successfully at Nandankanan.
Some of the other attractions of Nandankanan are the 34 aquaria, which are home to a large variety of fresh water fishes. The Reptile Park's cave like entrance is guarded by a life-size tyrannosaurus. Inside, numerous species of crocodiles, lizards, turtles and snakes share the park with natural ease.
The White Tiger Safari, established in 1991, offers visitors the heady excitement of viewing the rare white tigers from specially designed protected buses.A lion safari recently launched and has become very popular among the tourists.
Other attractions of the park includes nocturnal animal house, reptile park, ariel park and cable car. Nandankanan provides perfect escape from the hustle & bustle of the city. The park has a cafeteria for refreshments and a guest house for an overnight stay.