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National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka

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“sea lion show”(6 reviews)
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This zoo features animals from across Asia, as well as a nightly elephant circus.
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Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha | Dehiwala, Colombo 10350, Sri Lanka
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+94 11 2 761554
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Reviewed September 12, 2019 via mobile

After many years with my family we have visited the Dehiwala Zoo (thats the name we call from the childhood). Its far better than before & there are lots of new things & improvements. We love the way of the Macaw parrots were amazing. We...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Sand77M
Reviewed August 11, 2019

I had good experience with my family at weekend. It was so crowed day. The staff try there best to keep this clean. But I couldn't see big development about the zoo. When I visited my childhood I can remember there were more animals than...More

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank Srinal W
Reviewed February 20, 2019 via mobile

Dehiwala zoo is one of my childhood favorite visits, but disappointingly I see very less change during the years. Only the entrance is enhanced. And the tiger cage. Guys this is national treasure. Locals well as the international tourist adore this place. Do not let...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank MeuraanjanaT
Reviewed February 12, 2019

Popular attraction for families and kids specially during weekends. Can enjoy well if avoid busy times. There are many endemic and foreign creatures including birds, mammals, reptiles, snakes, fish etc. Considerably large area is allocated for the park and have tried squeezing best possible number...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank mytropicaljournal
Reviewed January 15, 2019

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 January 13, 2019 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
2  Thank F1931TNthomasr
Reviewed January 3, 2019

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
3  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
3  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
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Jacob Niruban N
March 3, 2019|
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Response from mytropicaljournal | Reviewed this property |
The above rates are correct. Adult Rs. 100 and kids Rs 30. But if you are a foreigner with residential visa, pls take those doc with you. +94 112712751 . Hope they will answer. :)
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shocked123
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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Ashwini D
September 30, 2016|
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Response from Dzmoments | 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.
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