7 Best Places In Bhubaneswar Which Conserves Rich Flora For Nature Lovers!
All of us are enticed by the therapeutic aspect of nature. Infact there are many such places in Bhubaneswar which conserve and display vivid flora so that people of any age group can pass a naturally splendid time. Besides offering a refreshing feel, these places are even meant for anyone who would love to get a deep insight into the varied species of plants & their breeds alike. Here’s a glimpse of certain best places in and around the capital city where the plant kingdom has a lot of stories to tell.
1) Jaydev Vatika
A sublime park constructed by the Bhubaneswar Development Authority near Khandagiri, this Vatika boasts of having a collection of over 168 species of plants & close to 10 lakh medicinal plants. Since its inception in 1992, it has been slowly gaining momentum & attracting tourists in large numbers. There are historically significant forest patches & it graces a lovely waterfall too. A place to be for the budding shutterbugs or anyone who would like to have an enthralling get-together amidst nature!
2) Ekamra Kanan
A few kilometers away from the city’s Baramunda bus stand, this is a perfect place to enjoy the natural beauty. It houses hundreds of varieties of cactus plants as well as other trees. This place has been beautifully made with play spaces for kids and sitting areas for visitors. And anyday if you’re lucky enough, then you might even get a chance to enjoy its boating privilege. Halt right here for a picture perfect evening with your near and dear ones!
3) Nandankanan Botanical Garden
A beautiful neighbor of the massive Kanjia & Kiakani lakes, this is a perfect getaway from the din and bustle of the city life. Sprawled over a huge area, it has a Mughal & Japanese Garden, an arboretum, an exclusive rose and bougainvillea garden & a medicinal plant garden. Besides, it has a spacious glass house for succulent plants, a state of art green house comprising 60 indoor plants & a beautiful collection of orchids. A pioneer in the integration of in-situ & ex-situ conservation, it is also a centre for scientific study and research.
Spread over a small area between Khurda & Cuttack districts, this place has an immensely pleasing expanse of nature cradled in it. It has a thick cover of Kangada forests & teak trees as well. Male bamboo, other medicinal plants, a few varieties of orchids, ferns and others comprise their list of conserved plants. Enhancing the beauty and sublimity of this place are the two dams; Deras & Jhumka where one enjoy an enthralling view!
5) Biju Pattanaik Park
Dedicated in the name of Odisha’s former Chief Minister, the Late. Shri Biju Pattanaik, this park is also named as Forest Park. It is a well maintained garden and has a collection of rare plant species. A haven for the present generation who are in awe of capturing nature’s beauty, this park is even best for health freaks who can walk, jog and exercise to be instantly rejuvenated. Soothe yourself with the greenery around here & calm your senses by the musical fountains which look even more grand in the evening when lighted up.
6) Raj Bhawan Garden
Located within the premises of the residence of the esteemed Governor of Odisha, this place is a proud owner of lush green lawns, rose gardens, medicinal herb gardens, a cactus house & an enormous collection of various flowers along the main driveway. It also includes a kitchen garden where a variety of veggies are grown. This park has been awarded as the best garden in the city a number of times. Four beautiful fountains adds more elegance to its greenery. It is open to visitors for around 10 days in the month of January every year.
7) KIIT Rose Garden
Rose has always been & will remain an ethereally beautiful flower. KIIT University has taken an initiative to conserve these lovely plants & has created a garden in its vicinity. It has a collection of many varieties, breeds & colors of roses among other plants. A sweet welcoming smell emanates from all corners of this place luring visitors into it. The environment is all the more inviting with its soothing scenery. Mostly frequented by college goers & couples!
So, which place would you prefer to visit for spotting rare plants or for seeking bliss in nature’s lap?