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National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka

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The National Zoo needs to maintain the facility to keep up the place. They need to think more about... read more

Reviewed 5 July 2018
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Decent zoo but not well maintained

This zoo actually has quite a wide variety of animals and is quite entertaining for young children... read more

Reviewed 19 June 2018
Ashraf F
via mobile
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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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Reviewed 5 days ago 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

1  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

Thank 19pramudithad
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

Great place to take your kids. I was able to get hold of a zoo guide who toured me to the entire place in a timely manner. 1000LKR was worth the experience. He advised my 3.5 yr old daughter to feed a few animals which...More

Thank prakashp311
Reviewed 5 July 2018

The National Zoo needs to maintain the facility to keep up the place. They need to think more about the animals specially when they make money out of them. Also, need to think about animals health and safety. You can see garbage all over the...More

Thank 838kapilak
Reviewed 26 June 2018

We visited this zoo during our SriLanka visit in December 2017. Its a lovely park and very well maintained. I was excited about Giraffe and Zebra, we don't get to see them in most zoos. Overall it was worth the visit.

1  Thank imalivedk
Reviewed 26 June 2018

National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka (also called Colombo Zoo or Dehiwala Zoo) is a zoological garden in Dehiwala, Sri Lanka, founded in 1936. Its sprawling areas are host to a variety of animals and birds. The zoo exhibits animals but also places an emphasis...More

Thank 27Nam
Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

This zoo actually has quite a wide variety of animals and is quite entertaining for young children as well, but needs much more improvement in terms of maintenance and animal welfare. Also the tiger enclosures need to be made much safer, as the safety grill...More

Thank Ashraf F
Reviewed 11 June 2018

The Dehiwala zoo is a relaxing place for families. The premises is well landscaped with numbers to guide you through the correct order of visiting cages. A wide variety of animals can be seen and the elephant show and birds show were really entertaining. My...More

Thank Aysha S
Reviewed 1 June 2018 via mobile

DO NOT SUPPORT THIS! I'm completely fine visiting well-kept zoos where animals are cared for and healthy, physically and psychologically. This zoo was disgusting and upsetting. Beautiful elephants were repeating one movement, chained up in amidst their own faeces. Turtles swimming in circles on repeat,...More

5  Thank EmmKu
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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.