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National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka

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The National Zoo needs to maintain the facility to keep up the place. They need to think more about... read more

Reviewed 5 July 2018
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Good zoo in Colombo

It is located in the City Colombo. It is a good option for picnic spot for locals. Beautifully... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Rajiv P
New Delhi, India
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This zoo features animals from across Asia, as well as a nightly elephant circus.
Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha | Dehiwala, Colombo 10350, Sri Lanka
+94 11 2 761554
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from US$ 92.00
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It is located in the City Colombo. It is a good option for picnic spot for locals. Beautifully landscaped 30 acres in which a rich collection of mammals, birds, reptiles and fishes live in harmony with Nature.

Thank Rajiv P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really enjoyed seeing birds, animals etc. Improved better than 2017 visit. Improved in giving some freedom to few birds and animals by making big and height nets with realistic nature - appreciable.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely day out, all the animals were kept in superb conditions and well fed. Small zoo but doesn’t feel small when walking around it. Excellent water park to cool off whilst eating ice cream after a busy day.

Thank Helen66100
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Most people seem to like the zoo due to the amount of animals you are able to see but this just means that the enclosures incredibly small. The birds don’t have space to fly, monkeys in small cages, the bears have a SHOCKING amount of...More

2  Thank Sakara M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have visited Dehiwala zoo with my daughter and wife, my wife is a foreigner and the reception charge me 2500 Rs (15$) and for me and my daughter charges as locals (100 and 30 Rs)i have explained that she is my wife and we...More

Thank 516simi
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to go to the Zoo as we hadn't been to a zoo for a while, and had a day free. In retrospect we picked one of the worst days to go, as it was Saturday and the Zoo was packed. Upon entry we...More

1  Thank sidbaker1
Reviewed 7 August 2018

The zoo in Colombo appears small(ish) on the map, and like most attractions we've been to, is slightly underwhelming when you walk through the gates. But it just keeps going! The zoo is clean, well maintained, the animals seem happy, and we very much enjoyed...More

2  Thank mountain_standard
Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

There were many animals tigers, leopards, puma, lions, bear - african animals asian animals birds and a aquarium too. but need more improvements. Good for kids and the local price is 100 rupees 30 for kids. Better to give a route map to the people...More

Thank Pramuditha D
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

Great place to take your kids. I was able to get hold of a zoo guide who toured me to the entire place in a timely manner. 1000LKR was worth the experience. He advised my 3.5 yr old daughter to feed a few animals which...More

Thank prakashp311
Reviewed 5 July 2018

The National Zoo needs to maintain the facility to keep up the place. They need to think more about the animals specially when they make money out of them. Also, need to think about animals health and safety. You can see garbage all over the...More

1  Thank 838kapilak
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14 January 2017|
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Response from Vachintha | Reviewed this property |
There is no designated vehicle park for the zoo. However there are some spaces to park vehicles by the sides of the road. If you go there on a weekday, finding a decent parking space won't be problem. But during weekends, it... More
Ashwini D
30 September 2016|
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Response from Dimuth D | Reviewed this property |
You could easily get it from the gate and not necessary to book in advance. avoid the weekends if possible as it gets really crowded.
21 July 2016|
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Response from Lion Dharshana W | Reviewed this property |
Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha, Dehiwala 10350, Sri Lanka. Phone: +94 11 2 712752 Hours: 8:30AM–6PM Better take a Taxi or Three Wheel.