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National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka

#38 of 147 things to do in Colombo Features Animals
Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha | Dehiwala, Colombo 10350, Sri Lanka
+94 11 2 761554
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For kids

This is the best place for kids..you can see all types of animals there.also you can see elephant... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
aruna s
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It's beautiful

It's one of the best organised zoos I've been to. It's average size and can be toured by foot even... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sara A
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Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha | Dehiwala, Colombo 10350, Sri Lanka
+94 11 2 761554
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is the best place for kids..you can see all types of animals there.also you can see elephant dance like that there

Thank aruna s
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's one of the best organised zoos I've been to. It's average size and can be toured by foot even if you have small children. We have a 2 years old. He enjoyed it very much. We were lucky to be approached by a guide...More

Thank Sara A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An amazing time spent. Just half an hour drive from Colombo 03, this place is worth visiting. For SAARC adult they charge LKR 700 and LKR 350 for a kid. Total value for money. Our kid enjoyed every minute of 2 ½ hours spent inside....More

Thank Vinit P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not so bad as i expected. There are special shows (FOC) about snakes, Birds, Tigers, Sea lion and elephants.(Sinhala language only) recommended for kids. food available inside. worth to walk 3-4 hours. better walk with map otherwise you will not gonna see all of it....More

Thank steveasiri
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Place is a mess all overgrown and no upkeep and maintenance. The animals look starved and thin. Not worth a visit

Thank Aaishah S
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Don't go there in a hot day Elephant show at 4:30 pm Good collection of animals, kids will love it. Ticket for adult foreigner is 2,500 LKR currency while for local adult it's only 100 !!!!! Not very clean. They accept visa or cash

Thank Ahmed A
Reviewed April 18, 2017

Perfect day out in Colombo. I would suggest to go early in the morning and try to finish the tour before mid day when it gets really hot. Lots of beautiful animals. Walk in cages for butterflies and exotic birds. Beautiful setup and good nice...More

Thank Inayat H
Reviewed April 17, 2017

Big old zoo thats been terribly managed, with animals in really constrained sad condition. Elephants chained up and made to do performances, lots of stereotypic behaviour can be seen from most animals etc. Not at all comparable to zoos around the world.

Thank Dhanushki S
Reviewed April 12, 2017

I love the new changes at the Dehiwala Zoological Gardens. It gives the once caged animals freedom and space. Love going here.

Thank jrkfernando
Reviewed March 31, 2017

This is the oldest and biggest zoo in Sri Lanka. It has a massive variety of animals all over the world. We could possibly see all the animals. But the place is too packed. Some animals need more space and bigger cages or even I...More

Thank Isuru E
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what about parking a car over here? thanks in advance
January 13, 2017|
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Response from Prasad Manjula H | Reviewed this property |
sufficient parking is available. if not a long weekend it won't be a problem at all. there are two access to the Garden from either sides and the road is also wide enough to manage. You can pay around rs.150 and park inside... More
Ashwini D
i want too oder 6 tickets
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.
Dear sir, We will be stay at Colombo 24-25 July at hotel ERO Lanka.How can we visit Garden ? Time,transport with all about.
July 21, 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.