Nandankanan, meaning the ‘Garden of God,’ is around 6 km north of Chandaka
, in the upper region of Khordha District
. Lying on the banks of the Kanjia Lake
, it is about 20 km from Bhubaneswar
, the state capital.
Nandankanan Sanctuary - famous for its white tigers - is one of the prominent tourist spots in Orissa. It is a combination of botanical garden, zoo and a sanctuary. The first captive-breeding center for gharial crocodiles, the aquaria housing a large variety of freshwater fish and the reptile park - a haven for crocodiles, lizards, turtles and snakes - are worth visiting. Excellent opportunities are available for boating, elephant rides, bird watching, lion safari and white tiger safari. Chandka Elephant Reserve is nearby. Accommodation facilities are available.
Nandankanan is linked with Khordha, the district headquarters, by road. Bhubaneswar Railway Station and Biju Patnaik Airport are the nearest rail junction and airport.