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National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka

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Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha | Dehiwala, Colombo 10350, Sri Lanka
+94 11 2 761554
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Nice Zoo

Big zoo with a lot of animals there. However it seems like they are going through renovation... read more

Reviewed 30 December 2011
Sasha M
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
good one!!

A really nice time was spent here considering i have 2 teenagers....Entrance fee is nominal and a... read more

Reviewed 28 December 2011
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This zoo features animals from across Asia, as well as a nightly elephant circus.
  • Excellent17%
  • Very good29%
  • Average23%
  • Poor14%
  • Terrible17%
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“elephant dance” (13 reviews)
“bird show” (6 reviews)
“sea lion show” (5 reviews)
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Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha | Dehiwala, Colombo 10350, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 30 December 2011

Big zoo with a lot of animals there. However it seems like they are going through renovation process so seems a bit like a construction site when you are walking there. Also the recommended path along the zoo seems a bit complicated, but we are...More

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Reviewed 28 December 2011

A really nice time was spent here considering i have 2 teenagers....Entrance fee is nominal and a fee for a camera as well ..Video cams not allowed inside. superb variety. Very unique birds and nocturnal animals . A large area to cover..needs about 2hrs. A...More

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Reviewed 23 December 2011

I dont much like looking at caged animals but having said that this Zoo has a good collection of animals. a bit crowded but still good.

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Reviewed 26 November 2011

If you hv botanical interests do land here for say 30 minutes and not more! Guide will do all to goad into buying spices! Advise please do not offer more than 25 per of total value and stick to it!99per u will win!

Thank Suren372
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Reviewed 21 November 2011

Although the guide books tell you this Zoo is relatively good, we didn't really enjoy our experience. There is a massive range of animals but they were living in quite cramped and dirty conditions. It's also quite expensive for non Sri Lankans to get in....More

1  Thank Mark_and_Lynds
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Reviewed 4 November 2011

Its a very well maintained zoo. Can find a variety of animals and even some rare species..

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Reviewed 26 October 2011

The charge for foreigners is 2000rs at the time of our visit. As we had made our way the Colombo from our resort in Bentota we bit the bullet, though I think that 100 times the price for locals is a totally unacceptable (and probably...More

2  Thank Priscilla25
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Reviewed 4 October 2011

First of all quite expensive, and you have to think where does your money actually go? The seal show was ok, and you can feed the ostriches with leaves, which was nice. But too many animals are kept in poor conditions. Also, the paths are...More

2  Thank DaveWorldly
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Reviewed 1 August 2011

This zoo had once been the pride of south asia...sadly those days are long over. Decades of neglect are manifested in the poorly maintained environment and horrible conditions for the animals. The aquarium is the only part that is OK. The big mammals live in...More

1  Thank vit666
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Reviewed 28 August 2010

I happened to be in Dehiwala area with my little son and thought to check out the zoo. My son has been to some cool zoos- NYC, London, San Diego- so on the way there I reminded him that this is Sri Lanka and the...More

7  Thank mazandrani
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shocked123
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
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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.
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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.
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