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National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka

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mostly families visit here with their kids, best place to see animals, but sometimes this will be... read more

Reviewed 11 June 2017
Haarith A
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Ticket for foreigners is 25 times local ticket !!!

Don't go there in a hot day Elephant show at 4:30 pm Good collection of animals, kids will love... read more

Reviewed 22 April 2017
Ahmed A
via mobile
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“bird show”(6 reviews)
“sea lion show”(5 reviews)
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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Reviewed 11 June 2017

mostly families visit here with their kids, best place to see animals, but sometimes this will be bore for youngsters. still this zoo need more improvements & fun activities

Thank Haarith A
Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

This is the best place for kids..you can see all types of animals there.also you can see elephant dance like that there

Thank aruna s
Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

It's one of the best organised zoos I've been to. It's average size and can be toured by foot even if you have small children. We have a 2 years old. He enjoyed it very much. We were lucky to be approached by a guide...More

1  Thank Sara A
Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

An amazing time spent. Just half an hour drive from Colombo 03, this place is worth visiting. For SAARC adult they charge LKR 700 and LKR 350 for a kid. Total value for money. Our kid enjoyed every minute of 2 ½ hours spent inside....More

Thank Vinit P
Reviewed 3 May 2017

Not so bad as i expected. There are special shows (FOC) about snakes, Birds, Tigers, Sea lion and elephants.(Sinhala language only) recommended for kids. food available inside. worth to walk 3-4 hours. better walk with map otherwise you will not gonna see all of it....More

Thank Steve J
Reviewed 24 April 2017

Place is a mess all overgrown and no upkeep and maintenance. The animals look starved and thin. Not worth a visit

3  Thank Aaishah S
Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

Don't go there in a hot day Elephant show at 4:30 pm Good collection of animals, kids will love it. Ticket for adult foreigner is 2,500 LKR currency while for local adult it's only 100 !!!!! Not very clean. They accept visa or cash

Thank Ahmed A
Reviewed 18 April 2017

Perfect day out in Colombo. I would suggest to go early in the morning and try to finish the tour before mid day when it gets really hot. Lots of beautiful animals. Walk in cages for butterflies and exotic birds. Beautiful setup and good nice...More

Thank Inayat H
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Big old zoo thats been terribly managed, with animals in really constrained sad condition. Elephants chained up and made to do performances, lots of stereotypic behaviour can be seen from most animals etc. Not at all comparable to zoos around the world.

2  Thank Dhanushki S
Reviewed 12 April 2017

I love the new changes at the Dehiwala Zoological Gardens. It gives the once caged animals freedom and space. Love going here.

Thank jrkfernando
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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.