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National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka

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Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha | Dehiwala, Colombo 10350, Sri Lanka
+94 11 2 761554
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Good day out with kids

The Dehiwala zoo is a relaxing place for families. The premises is well landscaped with numbers to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Aysha S
Do not go! Distressed, tortured, sick animals

DO NOT SUPPORT THIS! I'm completely fine visiting well-kept zoos where animals are cared for and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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This zoo features animals from across Asia, as well as a nightly elephant circus.
  • Excellent17%
  • Very good29%
  • Average23%
  • Poor14%
  • Terrible17%
Travelers talk about
“elephant dance” (14 reviews)
“bird show” (6 reviews)
“sea lion show” (5 reviews)
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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 1 week ago

The Dehiwala zoo is a relaxing place for families. The premises is well landscaped with numbers to guide you through the correct order of visiting cages. A wide variety of animals can be seen and the elephant show and birds show were really entertaining. My...More

Thank Aysha S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

DO NOT SUPPORT THIS! I'm completely fine visiting well-kept zoos where animals are cared for and healthy, physically and psychologically. This zoo was disgusting and upsetting. Beautiful elephants were repeating one movement, chained up in amidst their own faeces. Turtles swimming in circles on repeat,...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went here on our young daughter's wish. Entry fee is 700 LKR for adults and 350 for kids. This fee is for SAARC nations. For others it is almost double. Good variety for birds, animals, reptiles and fish including a small walk through aviary--...More

Thank Archanakrishnan80
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Reviewed May 3, 2018 via mobile

It’s was great experience to visit in National Zoological Garden of Sri Lanka 🇱🇰 Very beautiful and green garden, Animal was there what I show 🦒🐍🐢🐊🐅🐆🦓🐫🦌🐃🦃🐈🐇🐒 Excellent service, cleanse of Zoo was good Nice visit if you’re in Colombo

Thank nadeemkhan81
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Reviewed April 24, 2018 via mobile

Please do not visit. Animals are not kept in a good condition plus they look weak. Not worth it. If you are an animal lover you will hate this place.

Thank abhishekr63
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Reviewed April 20, 2018

Its sad to see elephants chained up to posts, unable to move more than a few metres. It sad to see bored chimps. Its also sad to see wild horses trapped in tiny enclosures. And the parrots locked in tiny cages ... best to look...More

1  Thank HEstOP
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Reviewed April 9, 2018 via mobile

Zoo in the back steets of Colombo. Looks like it's been there a long time. Quite a good selection of animals birds and reptiles.

Thank Neville S
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Reviewed March 4, 2018

Very scare space for animals and many animals' physical health is not looking good. There is nothing to see in the aquarium.

1  Thank Lakmal D
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Reviewed February 26, 2018

Having been here on numerous occasions from way back when we were kids, this is certainly a special place. I am sure it has undergone numerous upgrades and changes in keeping with raring wild life both for education and their preservation in accordance with internationally...More

Thank Thiagan D
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Reviewed February 17, 2018

Good place to see different types of animals lives around the world.You can touch some animals with their permission.Need more cleanliness inside the cages.And there were good museum.

Thank monashaandrew
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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 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.
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mahbub2016
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.
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