With a splendid day at Puri Jagannath temple, it was the second day and we decided to make a visit to the Nandankanan Zoological Park which is located at a distance of 20 kilometers from Bhubaneswar. I have a keen interest in wildlife and the fact that I was going to visit a wildlife sanctuary in Odisha was pleasing. Before I left Mangalore for Odisha, I did some research about the wildlife and lifestyle of people staying here. I came across this zoo in some review page and decided to visit it when I was there.
We moved from our hotel and traveled by the city bus to the Nandankanan Zoological Park. The park is tucked up at one end of the city. A long road leads to the park which is the location of several other adventure activities. We paid a nominal entrée fee of Rs 20 and went inside the park. The picturesque wildlife park is located along the Chandaka forest and the enchanting flora and fauna of the park drags several visitors from the neighboring states to come and make a visit.
The park was opened in the year 1960 and it is perhaps one of the oldest national parks of the country. It is a home to 67 varieties of animals that includes reptiles and mammals. One would also find colorful birds in the forest. There are the options for boating and spending some quality time amidst the natural environment.
Apart from the zoological park, there is also one botanical park found near the zoo. The botanical park is an abode of different varieties of plants like bushes, shrubs, herbs, creepers and trees. Some kind of research work was going on by a group of students who were persuing their PhD degree courses in Botany. There is another secluded part in the botanical park which is perhaps reserved for the love birds of the city.
After spending a quality time in the Nandankanan Zoological Park, we decided to go for some crunchy and spicy food at a restaurant nearby. Being an all time food lover, I relished the food on my plate that served me the famous ‘dahi bara aloo dum”. It was a delicious dish and I enjoyed it to the core of delight.