National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka

National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka

National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka
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This zoo features animals from across Asia, as well as a nightly elephant circus.
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3.0 of 5 bubbles511 reviews
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Marge H
25 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
So to spend a last day in Colombo, we decided to visit a Zoo.. but never went there, because I am personally very tired of being there ATM.. what ever you want to do.. everything costs you 10-times more, then for local people..Ticket prices for two 12000.- / local 1200.- 🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️
Written 15 January 2024
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Kathleen B
Glasgow, UK6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
The mistreatment of the animals at this zoo is clearly evident. They are malnourished and are not provided the required habitats for them to thrive. The standards of care in this facility have sunk too far below the threshold of what is acceptable. Please do not support this and if you are from a country that provides good care for zoo animals, then do not go here as it will break your heart to see animals treated this way.
Written 27 November 2023
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V. Chandrasinghe
Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
As we had less time, we couldn't watch all the animals. The animals looked well-fed and looked after. But the brown bear seems to be sick or in stress and was restless. Overall my kids enjoyed looking at the animals and walking. The weather was extremely hot. Had enough shade from trees but very hot weather. Drinking water taps were available here and there. Enjoyed.
Written 16 April 2023
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dilan m
Sri Lanka37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Zoo is well cleaned and layered out properly now. Directions are given to all places so that you won’t miss anything in the park. The only the problem I noticed Is public washrooms, they are not properly maintained. Overall the visit was aw.
Written 6 January 2021
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blacktown2017
Sydney, Australia144 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
what a nice lovely place to visit, you don't need to travel far but make sure that you are there early in the morning to avoid the heat. the layout is excellent, all you have to do is follow the arrows which they are numbered, the only two things that minorly disappointed me were, even though the sign said that they accept credit cards, they actually don't (maybe the machine was down that day) and the other thing was i didn't get to see any leopards the cage was empty with broken door. apart from that, really a great place to spend the day,
Written 11 March 2020
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cabeysiriwardhane
Western Province, Sri Lanka11 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The aquarium is done very nicely. Inside the aquarium very calm and quiet. The Zoo is very crowded during the holidays. If you visit the zoo in the day time on a weekday you can enjoy than a holiday. Too limited space for some animals. The zoo is open from 8. am to 10 pm during weekends (Usually 8.am to 6 pm).
Written 11 February 2020
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MonteBurns
New York City, NY983 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We had a no plan day in Columbo so a TripAdvisor search show us that the zoo was t far from our hotel. A 100 ruble tuk tuk rode later we were there.

Nice place. Well kept and well laid out. Maps are given out at the ticket counter so we had an idea what direction to walk.

The zoo itself is very clean and the animals are well tended to. No staving malnourished animals to be seen.

We enjoyed our visit and walking around. Snacks are available. Signs saying don’t feed the animals are posted so don’t waste your resources bringing food for the animals. We had a green apple and wanted to give it to Prince the horse but I asked the guy first and he said no. I felt bad for Prince cause I showed it to him already and he looked happy to eat it.

Admission for tourists is a bit steep. 3000 rubies a person. That’s about $16.50 a ticket but it is a great way to spend 2-3 hours.

If you like zoos you should go here.
Written 13 January 2020
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Sand77M
Dubai, United Arab Emirates38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
After many years with my family we have visited the Dehiwala Zoo (thats the name we call from the childhood). Its far better than before & there are lots of new things & improvements. We love the way of the Macaw parrots were amazing.

We all enjoyed the way of the Tigers its like a glass cage & feels like tiger come near to you.

We also had lunch in the main Restaurant the food was ok bit over priced however the service was very poor & not enough servers.

Overall good experience there also kids activities which little once can enjoy..
Thank you.
Written 12 September 2019
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Srinal Wijesuriya
Negombo, Sri Lanka74 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
I had good experience with my family at weekend. It was so crowed day. The staff try there best to keep this clean.
But I couldn't see big development about the zoo. When I visited my childhood I can remember there were more animals than today. There wasn't good maintenance.

There was Children Play area. That was good. I think Zoo is National treasure.So need more attention for this.
Written 12 August 2019
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Meuraanjana,
Pilimathalawa, Sri Lanka83 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
Dehiwala zoo is one of my childhood favorite visits, but disappointingly I see very less change during the years. Only the entrance is enhanced. And the tiger cage.
Guys this is national treasure. Locals well as the international tourist adore this place.
Do not let the fame fade away,
Remember if you don’t care the animal lives and well being, the concrete you use to decor it is a complete waste.
I hope you guys will re create the facility in a more greater way.
Still a place to be visited though.
Written 20 February 2019
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