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National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka

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Address: Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha | Dehiwala, Colombo 10350, Sri Lanka
Phone Number:
+94 11 2 761554

This zoo features animals from across Asia, as well as a nightly elephant...

This zoo features animals from across Asia, as well as a nightly elephant circus.

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Ticket for foreigners is 25 times local ticket !!!

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... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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

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Tbilisi, Georgia
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 long walk to complete this tour. I took lots of pictures.

Thank Inayat H
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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9 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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25 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank jrkfernando
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3 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 prefer to see them in free area rather caged inside 4 walls. This place is... More 

Thank Isuru E
Ja Ela, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is situated very close to Colombo. Very old zoo but now animals getting reduced day by day. Children love this place & very crowded in public holidays. Good elephant shows & must see that.

Thank lakshansilva
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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21 reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

i have visited when i was small. but now we cant see that much of animals. constructions are going on. hopefully everything will be fine

Thank Jinna A
Surrey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely massive zoo with all the animals you would expect... but we didn't get to see the tigers for some reason? Most of the animals look unhappy, lonely And upset as other travellers have mentioned... we thought this was just a joke until we actually saw it to be the case! (Especially the elephants...) The gift shop was a poor... More 

Thank Sbustan
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Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

We had high hopes despite reading all the horrible reviews. But visiting the zoo made us realise how truthful all the previous reviews really were. I went a ignorant tourist and came back feeling depressed. The elephants were the worst and the brown bear, it really hit me when my 3 year old pointed out to me that 'mummy the... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 March 2017

We took some school children to the zoo today. Sri Lanka is a country which is home to some of the world's most beautiful creatures. This zoo is the most cruel zoo I have experienced though I have not experienced that many. The tragedy of the Brown Bear will haunt me forever as well as 3 hippopotomi in a tiny... More 

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