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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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Tired old zoo

This years marks its 80th year and it sure looks it. Not much of the foreigner entrance fee (Rs... read more

Reviewed 15 November 2016
Hong Kong, China
A sad sight

Its heart rending to say that the current state of the zoo is in very poor condition.The... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2016
Gampaha, Sri Lanka
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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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“bird show” (6 reviews)
“sea lion show” (5 reviews)
Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha | Dehiwala, Colombo 10350, Sri Lanka
+94 11 2 761554
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Reviewed 15 November 2016

This years marks its 80th year and it sure looks it. Not much of the foreigner entrance fee (Rs. 2,500) finds its way back into development. Like with all zoos, better to arrive morning or afternoon to see the animals do something other than sleeping....More

Thank D D
Reviewed 7 November 2016

Its heart rending to say that the current state of the zoo is in very poor condition.The cleanliness and hygiene is very low.And theres not much of animals to be seen at present. Even the ones remaining look very unhealthy and not well kept. It...More

1  Thank Hesha17
Reviewed 31 October 2016

Lot of variety of species. Mammals, birds, serpents, reptiles, butterflies. need at least 4,5 hours to cover all. The restaurant inside was not good. There was a small area to relax with kids.

Thank Andrew M
Reviewed 31 October 2016

If you are stay in Colombo and if you want to spend some time watching animals then its a good place to visit. There were some constructions went on few month ago so it was not that looks nice. Anyway its the best place you...More

Thank Darshana D
Reviewed 30 October 2016

If you like watching clearly distressed animals kept in cruel and inhumane conditions, then this is the place for you! The chimpanzees, orangutans, elephants are clearly in a bad way, and there are no staff around to stop the visitors constantly feeding all sorts of...More

Thank littledutchboy
Reviewed 28 October 2016

I will just start with a straight "avoid". I was taken here by a Sri Lankan family friend, who told us we were going out for the day in Colombo. I don't mean to be so harsh on somewhere but it's not hard to see...More

1  Thank ajg18
Reviewed 27 October 2016

Very clean and well maintained gardens and walkways with large trees providing much needed shelter from the sun. Easy to find your way around with map and sign posts. Was sad to see the animals, many in poor condition and small enviroment. Over priced for...More

Thank jordojen
Reviewed 15 October 2016

Terrible conditions for the animals, bordering on squalid in some cases. Could not wait to leave. In particular, those poor, majestic elephants chained up, moving from foot to foot, was very upsetting to me. I would never go back there again ... too depressing.

Thank Gary_TO_12
Reviewed 30 September 2016

The National Zoo needs to maintain the facility to keep up the place. The place needs more manpower to clean up the place as well as improve the facilities. You can see garbage all over the place. Most of the foreigners complain its not worth...More

2  Thank Gihani M
Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

Poor facilities.. need work to become better It's has really nice natural view but not care for it the price too high for what you will see

1  Thank makuwari
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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.