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“Nice Place To Relax”

National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka
Ranked #42 of 151 things to do in Colombo
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Owner description: This zoo features animals from across Asia, as well as a nightly elephant circus.
Reviewed February 12, 2014

For some reason, I tend to seek out zoos and botanical gardens in cities that I visit. Just seems to provide a respite from whatever hectic activities I might be involved in during my stay. Colombo’s Zoological Gardens is very well stocked with a wide range of animals from lemurs and wild pheasants to elephants, lions, tigers and giraffes. The zoo is quite large and if you go, plan on spending 2 to 3 hours if you want to see most of the exhibits. The cages, tanks and grounds are very clean and well maintained. In fact while viewing the fish tanks, that were remarkably clean, it reminded me of how many aquarium disaster’s I suffered as a child. The park is cool and easy to navigate since all the exhibits are consecutively numbered. The only down side, is the price of entrance tickets – about $20 for foreigners – but then I found that the cost of living in Sri Lanka is quite high in general and I enjoyed my visit immensely.

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Reviewed February 4, 2014

I was surprised of the very high price, same price as in Denmark and that is premium, this is not! We almost turned around at the gate but decided to go and see the elephant show, the kid was looking forward to it. We paid the price and just entered the ZOO, where there was a big sign, No elephant show today....The rest was so so. Can't recommend.

5  Thank Jesper H
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Reviewed February 3, 2014

I think the animals are suffering feel so sad about the conditions ,I think the animals are suffering feel so sad about the conditions ,I think the animals are suffering feel so sad about the conditions ,I think the animals are suffering feel so sad about the conditions ,I think the animals are suffering feel so sad about the conditions ,

5  Thank Cindy W
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Reviewed February 1, 2014

a very well organized zoo with Numbering and helping the tourist to move around the zoo in a very organized manner, even animals there were quite interesting, with Annaconda on the list I was sold to this place already

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Reviewed January 27, 2014

There are plenty of lovely corners to discover in this - confined urban - zoo. And plenty of other corners you'd rather not see at all. The recently opened bird-sanctuary is beautiful, but why does it host roosters (!) while the leopards - the king of Sri Lankan mammals - are still in a tiny cage that looks (and smells) more like a mid-eval toilet cage. And while some serious renovation is taking place, the elephants new enclosure looks more like the average hotel pool with terrace while it could have looked so much more natural if only they had copied some ideas from other zoo's (even via the Internet). People in wheelchairs and parents with children buggies should be aware that moving about will be a challenge here and there. Apart from this, it is a great location to spot some of the most pretty female Sri Lankan Homo sapiens around as the zoo is a safe haven for young couples that are evading critical eyes of their parents while getting to know each other.Note that foreigners pay 2500 LKR (versus 100 LKR for locals). Diplomates are excluded (!!) but they will have to pay an additional 100 LKR for parking their Mercedes 600 SEL's in front of the zoo. Best time to visit, mornings / beginning of the week. Try to avoid school holidays as it can get super crowded (and there are plenty of them in Sri Lanka). When the street is full of parked buses, go to (nearby) Mount Lavinia beach instead. One star for some of the badly caged animals, three stars for the pleasant atmosphere. Average 2 stars.

4  Thank Maaseppo
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