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National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka

#38 of 150 things to do in Colombo Features Animals
Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha | Dehiwala, Colombo 10350, Sri Lanka
+94 11 2 761554
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Good collection of exotic and native fauna, need more improvements!

National Zoological garden located in Dehiwala was founded in 1936, one of the oldest zoo in Asia... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Anuka C
via mobile
Awful, inhumane and filthy environment for Animals!!!!

Filthy awful zoo, my heart broke for the animals living in those conditions. We where charged $70... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Alison W
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This zoo features animals from across Asia, as well as a nightly elephant circus.
  • Excellent16%
  • Very good30%
  • Average23%
  • Poor14%
  • Terrible17%
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Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha | Dehiwala, Colombo 10350, Sri Lanka
+94 11 2 761554
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

National Zoological garden located in Dehiwala was founded in 1936, one of the oldest zoo in Asia. It is home to remarkable collection of exotic and native fauna in purpose of support and promote conservation of rare animal species. Major exhibits here are mammals, reptiles,...More

Thank Anuka C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Filthy awful zoo, my heart broke for the animals living in those conditions. We where charged $70 AUD for a family (4 times higher than the locals one thing I don't think encourages tourists to visit and let me tell you it was NOT worth...More

Thank Alison W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The zoo was a botanical masterpiece, beautifully landscaped and good architecture as well. There were many animals to see and the staff were friendly and helpful. There was a strong emphasis on education which I liked. However the elephants were the one thing that made...More

Thank Hanna G
Reviewed 8 July 2017

must visit place for colombo visitors specialy families and kids ticket for foreigners is srilankan rs 2500 but for saarc countries like pakistan has to pay only rs 700 there is sea lion show and elephant show all cages were full neat place rest area...More

Thank drkbhambha
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

I visited the zoo with my husband. We like to watch and learn about exotic animals. The park has no European standard, but what did you expect here? The park is large and marked with number signs, so it is easy to find your way....More

Thank Catarina S
Reviewed 3 July 2017

It's disappointing and heartbreaking to go this place and see the animals in the condition they are. Not fed properly, Its filthy and it's in utter chaos. Terribly maintained. If you have any love for animals, please don't go here.

2  Thank Gitanjali B
Reviewed 11 June 2017

mostly families visit here with their kids, best place to see animals, but sometimes this will be bore for youngsters. still this zoo need more improvements & fun activities

Thank Haarith A
Reviewed 24 May 2017 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 15 May 2017 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

1  Thank Sara A
Reviewed 11 May 2017 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
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14 January 2017|
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Response from Serandip1234 | Reviewed this property |
mostly opening hourse morning 9.00 to evening 6.00
Ashwini D
30 September 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.
21 July 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.