A mystic expedition
Immerse yourself in a world of a thousand and one dreams. Explore and be enchanted by the mystic ruins of an ancient maharajah's palace, reclaimed by the Indian jungle. These ruins are home to tigers, elephants, Hanuman langurs and leopards. Leave the ruins and find yourself in the Himalayas, where red pandas and muntjacs dwell.
India, land of legends
Immerse yourself in history
Imposing elephants wander along a derelict aqueduct and bathe in its water.
The ruins of the maharaja's bedchambers have been claimed by mischivious langurs. They rule one wing of the palace, but dare not venture into the ruins to the south, where the majestic Siberian Tiger has made his home.
Next to a hastily abandoned truck, leopards have taken over a now defunct construction site.
The mystic jungle palace offers stories to all those willing to look for them.
Reach out and learn
Did you know that elephants can call out loudly, quietly grumble and even just lightly twitter when communicating with each other? Could you lift as much as an elephant?
An exhibition in the elephant ranger station aims to educate about these gentle giants and teach all the kinds of intriguing facts about them. It also highlights how endangered the elephant has become: 60 years ago, 160,000 elephants lived in the wild. Today, their number has been reduced to 30,000.
Roof of the world
The maharaja's palace sits at the base of the Himalayas. Just beyond the palace grounds, a path leads through a pagoda gate into a whole new world. On the Himalaya grounds, you will meet muntjac and red pandas.
Palace Bistro - dine with a view
Enjoy Indian food while watching the elephants play. Dine like royalty on the maharaja's terrace, looking over both elephants and Hanuman langurs.
For your consideration:
- Asian wok specialties
- Mango lassi, made in-house
- Iced tea
- Frozen yogurt
- French fries and currywurst
- Baked goods
The Palace Bistro is only available during the summer season.
Our conservation efforts
Biodiversity and Elephant Conservation Trust
The Asian elephant's natural habitat is rapidly shrinking, while human deforestation keeps increasing. Naturally, this leads to conflicts between man and elephants - in which elephants are commonly on the losing side. Each year, around 65 people and 212 elephants die during these conflicts.
To prevent these tragedies from happening, Hanover Adventure Zoo supports the Biodiversity & Elephant Conservation Trust, a non-profit funding the restoration of elephant which commits itself to educational work in Sri Lanka.