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Address: Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha | Dehiwala, Colombo 10350, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: +94 11 2 761554
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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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Needs to revamp

It really needs a Revamp, all the cages spaces for animals are in some bad condition, the smell at some places are bad, some places even abandoned! its one of top attractions for... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

It really needs a Revamp, all the cages spaces for animals are in some bad condition, the smell at some places are bad, some places even abandoned! its one of top attractions for kids in colombo so the level of maintenance has to be improved

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

This zoo is owned by the Government. This is situated just out of the city about half an hour from the city centre. The zoo is good have a variety of animals and birds.If you like zoos O K otherwise you can skip.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

I gotta say after reading many reviews from expats i thought to myself i don't want to go as it's not worth it. After a while we changed our minds and decided to go and check it out for ourselves. The zoo is disgusting! The animals look sad and the place is left with no maintenance. So you start by... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

You can't imagine a huge zoo near busiest city Colombo like this.. Zoo is organized very well and you can enjoy it continuously without any interruption. ***pls note in these days they are doing some renovations inside the zoo. So there may be some changes*** You can watch elephant shows and sea lion shows. Also you can experience elephant ride... More 

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Coimbatore, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

It is a huge place and the animals dont look sad like some places. There were some animals I had not seen like Double humped bacterian camel, albino cobra and some deers and birds. Get a map of the zoo so you dont miss any enclosures. Considering the temperature, most animals would be dozing off by late morning / early... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

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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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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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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