The park is on the hills of Khandagiri hills. It retains the trees of old Chandaka sanctuary. It has large lawns to relax. The park is spreads in an area of 100 acres. It has abundant of trees. It has forest area earmarked for picnic. Visitors can cook their food in the park area under the large trees. The park has water points at different places for the picnicking community. The park has artificial streams to make the place romantic. It tries to make the place as romantic as Burundian, the garden where the mythological character Krishna made romance. The park is a host to many birds, snakes and jackals. Its on the borders of the elephant Chandaka elephant sanctuary.
Regional Plant Resource Centre, popularly the Ekamra Kanan the Botanic Garden of Regional Plant Resources Center offers a variety of entertainment, fun and amusement to all classes of tourists both young and old, children or adult apart from its principal objective of plant biodiversity conservation.
A childrens park established at a vitally important location with quite a number of play equipments sews to engage the kids in play and recreational activities. A 'multi action play system' is the centre stage of the corner with several individual play equipments.
The large pure water body (lake) adds varieties to amusement through 'pleasure boating. Self pedaled two seater and four seater boats are presently put on use. A boating fee of Rs.15/- per half an hour and Rs.25/- per half an hour is charged for two and four seater respectively. This facility is available to public during opening hours of the garden. The garden is open to public from 8 AM to 7 PM during summer and 8 AM to 6 PM during winter. An entry fee of Rs.10/- per head is charged for adult while children are charged only Rs.5/-. The garden is open on all days. Annually, more than two lakhs visitors visit the garden.
The park has flat as well as landscaped lawns covering 30 acres. It is a real pleasure spot for romancing couples and people interested to lie on the grass in an isolated place. It is worth knowing that the park is a part of the Chadaka sanctuary.
One of the exciting attractions of the nature lovers is viewing ' migratory birds'. The protected wetland in the lake is regularly visited by migratory birds like Gadwall, Little Grebe, Cormorant, Oriental Darter, Brown Crowned Night Heron, Little Green Heron, Purple Heron and Little Egret.
The 'musical fountain' set in the Garden is a rare amusement in Odisha feasting both audio and video. Multiple mixed colored water jets dunning to the tune of rhythmic music are a spotto sit and relax. A finger jet fountain system comprising lighting with tricolor effects add new essence to the pleasure. A floating fountain also adorns the lake with its tall jets.
It is a morning walkers paradise. It is a 3 kilometer walk way. The park has a novel scheme of allowing 'morning health walking' along the winching and decorative garden paths onnominal monthly fees of Rs.50/- per person and daily fees of Rs.5/-per person. The walking is allowed to public from 5-30 AM to 7-30 AM during March-October and from 6-00 AM to 8-AM during Nov-February.
With a collection of 1050 species/ varieties of cacti Ekamra Kanan has the largest collection of cacti in Asia. It has evolved about 200 varieties/ hybrids of cacti by breeding, mutagenesis and growth manipulation. A walk through the cacti garden is mesmerizing. The plants have flamboyant colours to please the eyes. Research work at the Centre relates to standardization of culture techniques, propagation methods, breeding, mutagenesis, cytogenetic and molecular characterization of principal cactus genera.
In India, there are over 12,000 species of orchids; of which, about 550 occur in North-Eastern India. Odisha alone harbors 133 species including many novelties and new distributional records. Ekamra kanan has a collection of about 220 orchid species/ cultivars/ hybrids collected from Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, North Eastern States, other parts of India and abroad. The principal genera of orchids are Dendrobium, Habenaria, Vanda, Coelogyne, Eria, Oberonia, Bulbophyllum, Acampe and Aerides. Of the rare and endangered species, Habenaria panigrahiana, Pomatocalpa decipiens, Didymoplexis pallens, Odisha cleistantha, Crepidium purpureum, Tainia hookeriana, Micropera pallida etc. deserve special mention.
Palms (Palmae/ Arecaceae) are a natural and ancient group of plants represented by about 212 genera and 2,780 species in the world. Palms are mainly tropical and occur in all habitats from per-humid lowland rainforest to desert and from mangrove swamps to high mountain thickets. This is one of the most economic groups of plants producing rattans, coconuts, copra, dates, sago, oil palm and fibres (coir raffia). The palmetum spreads over 7 acres of land and hasa rich collection of 108 species of palms, rattans and canes was devastated by the super cyclones of October, 1999 and subsequent elephant menace, the Centre is maintaining a collection of 38 species of palms in the botanic garden and nurseries.
Nandankanan Zoo is created out of a natural forest. It is adjacent to Chandaka-Dampara Wildlife Sanctuary. The very name of Nandankanan, in mythology, delineates the ecstatic but imaginary beauty of the celestial garden. It also indicates the real beautiful spots par excellence on earth, where one can see the panoramic views of nature and appreciate the glamour that exists in the external morphology of plants and animals.
The zoo is enriched with 101 enclosures with 202 sub-enclosures at Nandankanan. There are 54 cages and 47 open moated enclosures to house all the captive animals of Nandankanan. There are more than 1580 number of animals, including 634 mammals, 812 birds and 134 reptiles. Eighty eight (88) species of indigenous species along with 32 exotic species of animals add glory to the collection of Nandankanan Zoological Park. Nandankanan is the only zoo in India with the credit of having Patas monkey (Erythrocebus patas), Eastern Rosella (Platycercus eximus) and Open-billed Stork (Anastomus oscitans). Besides, it has the glory among the 2 zoos in India having Orang-Utan (others in Kanpur Zoological Park, Uttar Pradesh), Indian Pangolin (others in Jhargram Zoo, West Bengal), Spotted Munia (Others in Sayajibaug Zoo, Gujurat) and Burmese Python (others in Calcutta Snake Park, West Bengal). It is among the three zoos of India having Green-wingedMacaws, Cinereous Vulture and Nicobar Pigeon.
UNIQUENESS OF NANDANKANAN:
Zoological Park timings for visitors:
April to September: (07.30 hrs. to 17.30 hrs.)
October to March: (08.00 hrs. to 17.00 hrs.)
Zoological Park remains closed on every Monday.
For details look at https://www.nandankanan.org/visiting-hours.php
Kanjia lake popularly known as Nandankanan lake is situated between 85 48 to 85 50 East longitudes and between 20 23 to 20 25 North latitudes spreads over an area of 105 ha. The water spread area of main lake is 75 ha, where as about 30 ha is now separated by a road, which gets connected during monsoon. It is an important wetland lying to the south of Mahanadi delta head, within the boundary of Nandankanan Zoological Park. The zoological park remains in the south side of the lake where as the Botanical garden is situated in the north side of the lake. Kanjia lake has been declared as a Wetland of National Importance by Govt. of India since 2006.
Nandankanan Botanical Garden:
The State Botanical Garden is adjacent to the zoological park. It spreads over 173 acres and is situated in the sylvan settings of the moist deciduous forest. It is hammed between two wetlands Kanjia Lake Kiakani Lake. It was established in the year 1963, on the edge of bustling capital city of Bhubaneswar at Latitude of 20 24 15 N and Longitude of 85 49 30 E, 40 meters above MSL. One would be definitely impressed by the nature's symphony and impressed by the exquisite touch of the wilderness here. Here the time ought to pass under the name of calmness. When one look around, he would have the sweet illusion of the rolling landscape being captured in the frame of a scroll. One can enjoy the changing colours of the seasons here.
Important parts of the park:
Botanical Garden for visitors:
April to September- (07:30 am to 7:30pm.)
October to March- (08:00 am to 7:00 pm)
Botanical Garden remains closed on every Monday.
Rajarani temple garden:
The Raja Rani temple in Old town area is surrounded by a beautiful garden. The lawns are lush green. Any time in the year the gardens are a great place to relax. Watching the sun set near the temples will give a different feeling.
The park is a favorite spot for the people to rest down and gossip as well as for the morning joggers. It lies in front of The Secretariat on Sachibalaya Marg in an area of 10.60 acres of land. There is a statue of Late Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi in the green park that is decorated with fountains and flowers.The park gets visitors throughout the day. The evenings are quite crowded.
Forest Park is a posh landmark of Bhubaneswar. It is also known as the Biju Pattnaik Park. The UN, British government's DFID office, bungalows of ministers and senior officials and the capital Hospital is located adjacent to the park.The park has well laid walking tracks. The park is visited by senior politicians and officials in the morning. It is said that people who wish to meet these high ranking people do walk on the tracks to get personal encounter. The jogging track gets quite crowded in the evening. The park has beautifully landscaped lawns and plenty of trees.
BDA Nicco Park:
BDA Nicco Park in Bhubaneswar is located in Madhusudan Nagar, very near to the Regional College. It attracts visitors to the park for modern games and boating facilities. The Park is a place of fun and frolic. It the most favored place for children in the city. It remains crowded with enthusiasts in the evenings.
Nicco Park is an amusement park that was built by the Nicco in collaboration with the BDA in 1997. An artificial lake has been made in the centre of the park.
There are four marriage mandaps of different sizes and shapes, and additional facilities like a musical fountain. The lawn area can cater to groups ranging from 350 - 2000 people in various setups and styles.
The park is open right from morning to evening. People can visit the park anytime to spend their time and to have a recess from their daily schedule. There is no entry charges collected till eight in the morning. However, visitors will be charged with a nominal fee of Rs. 5 till evening.
Nehru Park in Bhubaneswar is located near Master Canteen Chowk. It is not a well-maintained garden and is frequently visited by the poor section of the city.It is also a starting point of many political rallies.
Satsangvihar Park in Bhubaneswar is located in Satsang Vihar. It is a well maintained park with lush green surroundings and flower garden.
Buddha park, Niladri Vihar:
The park has been established on the foot of Sikharchandi hills in Niladri Vihar, Chandrasekharpur area. It has a light and sound arrangement to please the visitors.
It is one of the well-known parks in Bhubaneswar developed by BDA. The main attraction of this park is the Mahatma Gandhi statue, sitting in a prayer position. The park is located opposite to Swosti Plaza Hotel. The park offers natural and the fresh environment, stunning landscape and enticing fountain.
Chandaka is a forest area very close to the Bhubaneswar in Odisha. This forest is the house for Nandankanan National park as well as too many more natures beauty. Out of those Chandaka Elephant Reserve is most visited by tourists for the elephants in the Chandaka Elephant Reserve, Odisha in general, venture out during the night and there are provisions like watch towers close to the water-holes, to enable the tourists to spend a long evening within the elephant reserve. Apart from that there are other Elephant Reserves namely Mayurbhanj, Mahanadi and Sambalpur.
In 1967, a wild tigress from the Chandaka forest on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar walked into the Nandankanan Zoo nearby, lured by the calls of a male tiger in one of the moated exhibits, and jumped in to join him, surely unaware that there was no way out. The tigress later named Kanan lived on in the zoo. Predictably the press went to town about the wild tigress that voluntarily chose captivity. For the state forest department it was a bonanza, for the then fledgling zoo got a new free tiger. Few thought of the only, lonely tigress who had simply responded to the call of her own.
She was the last wild tiger in Chandaka.
In May 13 the male tiger that has strayed into the Nandan Kanan Zoo in Odisha from the Chandaka forests last week is under the scanner of National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA). While the State Forest Department is in two minds whether to retain it or release it, NTCA has suggested the restoration of the big cat in its natural habitat.
The forest, however, continued to be a refuge for elephants, leopards, sloth bears, jungle cats and a host of bird species, and was declared the Chandaka-Dampara Wildlife Sanctuary in 1982, intended to protect elephants and serve as Bhubaneswars green lungs.
Bloomed to become a fabulous Eco-diversity, Chandaka- Dampara forest, near Bhubaneswar represents the north-eastern limits of Eastern Ghats. This is now an isolated forest, which once formed a part of vast Eastern Ghats forest and Central Indian Elephant range.
The area was once a stronghold of tiger, until 60s; when the last tiger embraced captivity in 1967. It fell inside an open air enclosure in Nandankanan Zoo. The forests once teemed with tiger, leopard, Sambar, Barking deer, Chital, Wild Boar, Gaur and other wild animals. With the establishment of state capital at Bhubaneswar in 1957, this forest came under enormous pressure for firewood, and timber. Consequently, forests deteriorated significantly and elephants, which were in harmony with their habitat, became problematic.
The year 1982, was a turning point in the conservation history of the area, when state Govt. constituted this forest as a wildlife sanctuary for overall protection of the then gasping forest ecosystem more particularly, to provide a safe haven for resident elephants.
The details of external boundary of Chandaka-Dampara wildlife sanctuary have been described in Govt. Notification No.13482/FFAH dtd.10.06.1988 which was published in Orissa Gazette Extra ordinary No.21 Dated: 07.01.1994.This can also be described in short as follows:
Chandaka-Dampara forests formed parts of erstwhile Puri Forest Division. Forest blocks of Khurda (old Puri District) have been notified as R.Fs. or D.P.Fs.
To know more about Chandaka-Dampara log on to: https://chandakawildlife.in/