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National Zoological Gardens of 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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Reviewed 2 days ago

Dehiwala Zoo is an amazing place to visit with children. The great variety of animals and the various shows like bird show, sea lion show and elephant dance show are unique and wonderful. There is also a kids play area where the kids can have...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Ankur C
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Animals and Enclosures are in bad condition. Entry fee for Overseas is 3.000 Rps (15 Euro), Locals pay just 800 Rps. Don‘t buy the cutten fruits from Locals offered in front of the Zoo to feed the animals. Feeding of Animals in the Zoo is...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank F1931TNthomasr
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The zoological gardens of Sri Lanka, was founded in 1936. Its sprawling areas are host to a variety of animals and birds. The zoo exhibits animals but also places an emphasis on animal conservation and welfare, and education. Dehiwala Zoological Garden is one of the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank malalasekeras
Reviewed October 21, 2018 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

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank fadiaamith
Reviewed October 20, 2018

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

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank KalpanaY8
Reviewed October 8, 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.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Rajivglobaltraveller
Reviewed October 2, 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.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank vikrama192
Reviewed September 22, 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.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Helen66100
Reviewed September 20, 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

Date of experience: September 2018
4  Thank Sakara M
Reviewed September 20, 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

Date of experience: September 2018
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January 13, 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
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September 30, 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.
July 21, 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.