The picturesque Nandankanan or the Garden of the Gods is a beautiful biological park 20kms from Bhubaneswar established in 1960.It sprawls across the Chandaka forest where the flora and fauna flourish in their natural habitat.
The park houses the very first captive ghariyal breeding centre of the country. It is famous in all over the world for its white tigers. In 1980 for the very first time three white cubs were born from normal colored parents.
Wild Life in Nandankanan Biological Park:
With facilities for boating white tiger and lion safaris, a nocturnal animal house, reptile park, aerial rope-way and cable car, it is the place for a person with a penchant for the great outdoors.
Getting To Nandankanan:
By Air:The nearest airport, Bhubaneswar is 105 kms from Bakul & 135 kms from Ramba.The airport is directly connected with Kolkata, Chennai, and Delhi &Mumbai by Indian Airlines.
By Road:Nearest railheads are Balagaon, Chilika, Khallikote and Rambha on S.E Railways which are connected to Kolkata, Puri, Chennai, Hyderabad and Mumbai via Secunderabad.
Best time to visit Nandankanan Biological Park:
The best time to visit is October to early June.
Where to stay at Nandankanan:
Forest guest house at Topslip, Varagalayar, Amaravathi, Sethumadai PWD guest house, Amaravathi guest houseFor reservations write directly to the Divisional Manager (A&C), Bhubaneswar.There is several accommodations available from budget to luxury resorts.