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National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka

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The zoo has improved a lot so therefore I scored it as average. My son enjoyed his trip very much... read more

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Nice place to have one day picnic to see wild animals such Birds, mammals, replies etc. My... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 8 October 2014 via mobile

The zoo is small, compact and well organized in terms of sections and numbering. It is easy to follow and to see all animals up there. However, the zoo needs more work to accommodate visitors with continues extra care, cleaning of rest areas and passages....More

7  Thank SaeedOmani
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 3 October 2014 via mobile

I've been to a few zoos in my life and yes, I do recognise the lack of funds and resources available to a country like Sri Lanka to be able to maintain it to the standard of western countries. However, I do have be to...More

11  Thank Anita S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The zoo has improved a lot so therefore I scored it as average. My son enjoyed his trip very much. They had a large variety of different animals. One word of advice though, make sure you are well hydrated and carry water, wear loose and...More

1  Thank fadiaamith
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice place to have one day picnic to see wild animals such Birds, mammals, replies etc. My interesting place of this area is the aquarium, it has variety of ornaments fish both locals and foreign. Garden is nicely landscaped. But only few butterfly in butterfly...More

Thank KalpanaY8
Reviewed 9 October 2018

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 October 2018

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.

Thank vikrama192
Reviewed 22 September 2018

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 20 September 2018 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

3  Thank Sakara M
Reviewed 20 September 2018 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

1  Thank 516simi
Reviewed 15 September 2018 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

3  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

1  Thank Pramuditha D
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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.