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National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka

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Nice break from the craziness outside!

OK, so I'm making it my mission to go to a zoo (or two) in every place I visit. The guide book... read more

Reviewed 2 April 2012
My kids love it

In comparison to zoos around the world, this is pretty sub-standard simply in terms of size and... read more

Reviewed 12 March 2012
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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$ 160.00
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Reviewed 5 April 2012

Some animals look like they are hanging on to life! small, pokey, dirty cages and enclosures that are inhuman. Something needs to be done by animal rights activists!

4  Thank AmsColombo
Reviewed 5 April 2012

leopard and sloth bear sightings are rear and at some point you get bored with what's out there. Also the way trackers and truck drivers provike the animals by getting too close should really be stopped and not encouraged by visitors. The parks are littered...More

3  Thank AmsColombo
Reviewed 2 April 2012

OK, so I'm making it my mission to go to a zoo (or two) in every place I visit. The guide book said it was 500 rupees (well it was a few years out of date but that must have been for the locals as...More

1  Thank Smiffles
Reviewed 26 March 2012

I do not know why our chuffer took us to this place. The Zoo is in horible condition, needs lot's of improvement. I felt the animals are just congested in this place and it's not justified as to why this place kept in such delapidated...More

2  Thank Nikie S
Reviewed 12 March 2012

In comparison to zoos around the world, this is pretty sub-standard simply in terms of size and caging of animals. However, in terms of Sri Lanka, and the lack of activities to do with children, it makes a nice half day trip with them. As...More

2  Thank GSTColombo
Reviewed 9 March 2012

Disgusting place. Huge price for foreighners. Tiny cages. should be closed immediately.

1  Thank IanRSriLanka
Reviewed 5 March 2012

As Zoos go, ours is not World class but the Elephant performance is hard to beat and a must see

Thank Rashantha d
Reviewed 28 February 2012

Once the best zoo in the world... quite neglected, and not many animals as it sahould have had...

Thank PriyanthaD
Reviewed 17 February 2012

Very well laid out zoo BUT the cages are WAY too small esp. for the lions and tigers, the poor elephants are chained up and are clearly in distress due to lack of food and water and with the heat, you can see signs of...More

3  Thank D_keshav
Reviewed 16 February 2012

Well...it's not exactly the kind of zoo that will let you sit next to a fierce lion & pose for a pic but it's quite a nice place to spend a day...My personal opinion is, that I'll not go for a second visit unless I...More

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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 DharshanaW | 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.