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Address: Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha | Dehiwala, Colombo 10350, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: +94 11 2 761554
Description: This zoo features animals from across Asia, as well as a nightly elephant...
This zoo features animals from across Asia, as well as a nightly elephant circus.
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elephant camp

you can have a good sight on elephants. if you are going with kids then its worth, else its not suggest able for bachelors

3 of 5 starsReviewed June 26, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

you can have a good sight on elephants. if you are going with kids then its worth, else its not suggest able for bachelors

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

We happened to visit the National Zoological Garden. I am sad to say that it's poorly maintained and animals were poorly treated, I felt. The entire garden was not nicely maintained. It could be developed and maintained. Kennels and cages were unclean and untidy.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

One of the world's largest Zoo. Pack your lunch and a water bottle in a easily carry back pack. Make sure you prepare to spend all day as it is massive place to walk around. Huge collection of animals are on display including rare and native species. There are food outlets and main central restaurant in the Zoo if you... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Being a resident very close to the zoological gardens many of my happy days as a child was spent in the zoo during the time when I was a member of the YZA. I very recently visited the zoo after about 25 years and to my utter dismay and disappointment I found it to be in a very sorry, sad... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Just visited the zoo, it is under renovation so would not advise to go now. Wait a bit cause earlier it was really great, and I am sure once renovation will be completed, it ll be of a very high standard. Elephant show is also not running at the moment, which is a real crowd puller.

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Karachi, Pakistan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I love this place and was excited to see the Elephants. I was impressed by the way all the elephants were treated and enjoyed seeing the baby elephants drink milk. It was also nice to see them play in the river. The shops around are good as well.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

I'm sure u also wanna take ur children away from their iPads, PSPs and whatsapps. And show them the Real world that we are living in. This zoo is the best place to do so. Though the tickets are a bit expensive for non Sri Lankans, its worth it! So many animals, birds, butterflies, reptiles.. Clean and green environment!! The... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

The price for foreigners is steep - 2500 vs 700 for locals. Otherwise I thought it was an interesting place to visit, a lot of animals to see, beautiful plants and trees. You can certainly spend the entire day there

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

beautiful grounds, long walks to the animals, but worth it, they have lions,white tigers, Bengal tigers,leopard, big cats, lots and lots and more lots,the elephant show was the best iv seen, great fun, and if your into birds,find out what time feeding time is! They have wild grey not our usall white ones! I was lucky enough to see a... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

The Environmental, Culture, Arts, Social and the wild exotic Animal Organisations etc. are is collecting more money for the foreign visitors, the managements and staffs are just feeling the forms and collecting their wages and Government is neglecting their moral ans social obligations. They are giving huge amount of grants to preserve this most valuable natural assets but money goes... More 

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Address: Address: Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha | Dehiwala, Colombo 10350, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: +94 11 2 761554
Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  Western Province  >  Colombo

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