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National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka

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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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overpriced for foreigners!

Hello This zoo is not one to take anyone when you can go to Yala down south for a day trip if you are staying in Colombo. Overpriced way to much for foreigners compared to Sri... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed December 25, 2014
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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76 reviews 76 reviews
22 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Hello This zoo is not one to take anyone when you can go to Yala down south for a day trip if you are staying in Colombo. Overpriced way to much for foreigners compared to Sri Lankans. You can go to an elephant orphanage around Kandy also just take the exporail train.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Ayubowan! Visited this place on 21st December 2014 with a local buddy. The location is easily reached by public buses. Upon reaching the Zoo entrance, I have sensed that something is not quite right as street peddlers, beggars are all over the place and the entrance is quite dirty littered with garbage. While at the ticket booth, I saw a... More 

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Colombo, null, Sri Lanka
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

I actually came with two off my foreign friends , and was surprised that most animals we not to be seen in the cages, also the prices we increased for foreigners ! also people working at the zoo asking for money promising too show animals personally ! The zoo is a total disgrace and a utter disappointment ! Its rather... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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6 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Colombo has few children's attractions, and we take our daughter here perhaps once every three weeks. It provides a couple of hours of distraction/education. As stated by other reviewers, some animals need better care and more space; but this has improved over the past years, and the zoo provides an invaluable service to many locals who would normally be unable... More 

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8 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

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. Also, the admission ticket cost for foreign visitors is high (Rs. 2,500) compared with local... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

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 honest here and this place left me feeling sad. These animals were kept in pretty... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

There is not adequate parking at the zoo so for us that live around it there is constant noice, lots of trash and impossible to come home and park. Over priced for foreigners and poorly maintained zoo that is why it is under investigation but the Sri Lankans love it......

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

I been to many countries in the world and prices in the public places, hotels, museums are set fix and similar for everyone. Nevertheless, some countries like India and Sri Lanka has Central and Local Government who don't bother to justify the charges nor have regulation, control or supervision over public places, hotels, museums etc., in order understand realise most... More 

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Muscat, Oman
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Visited with my wife and 2 year old daughter. contains a good variety of animals, birds, reptiles etc. however, it was much better few years ago ! facilities for the visitors (human) has improved vastly. but, not much for the "residents" ! new birds' cage is a new addition (for me). nice idea and you are very close to the... More 

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Muscat, Oman
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Its a big zoo and a good place to visit. They have a big collection of animals not only from Sri Lanka but from all around the world. Its good to watch the seal show, bird show, they also have an elephant show but unfortunately the day we visited they did not have it so we missed that.

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