Allen ForestA vast natural expanse of forest, Allen Forest is a key spot in Kanpur city which is a host to diverse flora and fauna of the region. The forest has been under the possession of Singhania family and is home to the famous Kanpur Zoo.
Allen forest lies at a distance of 2 km from the city centre of Kanpur. The forest comes under the jurisdiction of Azad Nagar. The Zoo is the most important landmark of Allen Forest and given the vast expanse of Allen Forest, visitors who plan to come over here are allowed entry in their private vehicles.
Allen forest zoo which is also known as Kanpur zoo is one of the few zoological parks in India which is located in a natural forest. The zoo spreads throughout the expanse of the Allen forest and is spread out in an area of 190 acre.
British botanist Sir Allen was the key proponent of Kanpur Zoo to be located within Allen Forest. Though his idea didn't materialize owing to bureaucratic hassles, the state government decided to name the zoo after the botanist when finally it was opened in Allen Forest in 1971.
The credit for creating Allen Forest goes to Sir George Burney Allen, an industrialist and a botanist who took key interest in developing natural spaces in and around Kanpur. His dream of creating a zoological park inside the Allen Forest took practical shape in 1971.
Attractions of Allen Forest
Allen Forest is a key place of relevance to anyone with interest in exploring floral and faunal wealth of the region. The forest is home to key floral diversity of Indo Gangetic plains and the faunal wealth of the region can be explored in Allen Forest Zoo which is home to numerous wild animals of the region.
Faunal Wealth of Allen Forest
Unlike any other natural forest, the faunal wealth of the region has been kept in safe confines of the Kanpur Zoo which is located within Allen Forest. The Kanpur Zoo is home to mammals like White Asian tiger, Asiatic lions, leopard, languor and musk deer among many other animals.
Floral Wealth of Allen Forest
A well maintained botanical garden has been developed within Allen Forest and is home to numerous plant species of the region. The botanical garden serves as a learning ground for budding botanists who head to the garden to study various features of the plant life which thrives here.
A large ground has been developed within the botanical garden and is an ideal spot for anyone desiring to spend quality time with family and friends in the garden.
Facilities at Allen Forest
Owing to the presence of Allen Forest Zoo within the boundary of Allen Forest, the same has been equipped with numerous other amenities which in all likelihood would never exist within a natural forest. These include a lake, aviary, night house and an aquarium which houses a diverse population of marine life.
Allen Forest is a natural expanse of land within Kanpur city which has managed to preserve its elegance despite the rapid industrialization of the region and continues to attract nature lovers from across the spectrum.
How to Reach
Allen Forest Zoo is located at a distance of 11 km from Panki Railway Station in Kanpur. From here you can hire auto or private taxis to travel conveniently. You can also use the bus services. The nearest bus stop is Allen Park Bus Terminal which is located very near to the zoo.
Address: Azad Nagar, Nawabganj, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
Phone: +91 512 256 0257
Timings: The zoo is open on all days (except Monday) from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
Entry Fee: Rs. 20 for adults and Rs. 10 for children