Nandan Kanan national park is situated just 20 km from Bhubneshwar, the capital of Orissa, India. It has been named after some traditional god, literally means, Garden of pleasure. The park is a perfect amalgamation of garden, zoological park and sanctuary, established in 1960. The park has got world's attention in 1980 when three white tigers were born to normal parents.
The park is a paradise for nature lovers. The fauna of the park include from semi evergreen, to the moist kangada forests, coastal sal forest, thorny bamboo brakes, planted teak and eupatorium scrub. The park falls in sub tropical regions, thus, a home to the many other plants such as medicinal herbs, bamboos, with a few orchids which provide shade for white tigers.
Nandan Kanan National Park is known for its wild habitation where tourist can enjoy a wide range of wild life attractions. It is notable for the ideal shelter to world's rarest of rare species White tiger. Efforts and research have been made to breed normal white tiger from normal mating process. And the result came out in 1980 when first white tiger were born to Deepak and Ganga the tawny couple. Right now tourist can see more than 34 white tiger in their natural habitat. Apart from the white tiger it provides shelter to other mammals and reptiles such as Asiatic Lion, Lion-tailed Macaque, Nilgiri Langur, Indian Pangolin and Mouse Deer, Himalayan Black Bear, Rhesus Macaque, Black Buck, crocodiles, lizards, turtles and snakes, including three species of Indian Crocodiles.
The park is also an ideal destination for watching more than 80 endangered and rare species of domestic as well as migratory birds which include White Peacock, Open-billed Stork, Blue & Yellow Macaw, Green-winged Macaw, etc.
Wildlife safaris- the Nandan Kanan National Park offer variety of tourist attractions which include white tiger safari, elephant and jeep safari. It seems so fascinating to watch rarest of rare species of white tiger in its natural habitat mating or hunting.
Despite of these attractions, wildlife tourist can also explore the Botanical garden, nocturnal animal house, Reptile Park, Arial Park and cable car.