Located at a distance of 20 kms from Bhubaneshwar, Nandankanan justifies its literal meaning i.e. "Garden of Pleasure" picturesque Nandankanan, or the Garden of the Gods, is a beautiful biological park, 20 kms from Bhubaneshwar, 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 gharial breeding centre of the country.
The zoo at Nandakanan is world-renowned for its white tigers. In 1980, for the very first time, three white tiger cubs were born from normal coloured parents.
With facilities for boating, white tiger and lion safaris, a nocturnal animal house, reptile park, aerial ropeway and cable car, it is the place for a person with a penchant for the great outdoors.
Nandankanan's beatifully versatile environs offer the tourists a great opertunity to be advanturous or laid back......If you donot feel like tearing aroud sighting animals and watching the birds,you can settle down to a leisurly picnic and mid-afternoon nap under the trees. If you feel a little more energetic you can meander along one of their nature trail.
One of the rarest creature in the World , the regal white tiger ,received the new lease of life with the important reaserch and concereted efforts initiated to try and breed then in the natural invirons of Nandankanan . 1980 on a day full exitement and jubilation, the first litter of White tigers were born to Deepak and Ganga , to twany tiger .
Subsequent litters of white tigers have been distributad to zoos both at home and abroad.Currently, Nandankanan is home to over 34 white tigers.
The sanctuary can be approached by bus from Bhubaneshwar.
The Park area gives shelter to the large variety of birds of which Hill Maina is the most important species available in this National Park.