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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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Lot of Animals, but...

In Dehiwala National Zoological Garden, you can see a lot of native and foreign species of animals... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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This was the Asia's best zoo when Lyn De Alwis ran it and we had even polar bears in ice laden well... read more

Reviewed 1 week 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%
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“elephant dance” (13 reviews)
“bird show” (6 reviews)
“sea lion show” (5 reviews)
Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha | Dehiwala, Colombo 10350, Sri Lanka
+94 11 2 761554
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Reviewed 1 week ago

In Dehiwala National Zoological Garden, you can see a lot of native and foreign species of animals. Mammals, reptiles, birds, butterflies, fish etc. It is a large area and you will require at least 3-4 hours to watch it fully. A museum of animals is...More

Thank exploreslk
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the Asia's best zoo when Lyn De Alwis ran it and we had even polar bears in ice laden well air conditioned cages with a pond/ pool etc and very many rare animals birds, fish butter flies etc. Since then it has gone...More

Thank TilakDissanayake
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

1. Colombo Dehiwala Zoo: Founded in 1936, its over 80 years old and has around 3000 animals and 350 bird species. The zoo has been designed with clear demarcations that you need to follow to ensure you don’t miss any beast. It is also in...More

Thank Floyd A
Reviewed 11 October 2017

It's a good place to kill a couple of hours and walk around, looking at some animals, but be warned, dont go if you are an animal lover.

Thank Inosha W
Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

There is a lot of controversy surrounding the place but I like it and I think the administration does a good job. I grew up with visits to the zoo once in a while so it is my happy place. ☺

Thank A T
Reviewed 4 September 2017

Some beautiful places to see.Tigers lions and specially The Elephant dance-In the evening.Must visit. Close to this hotel.

Thank mohangreatest
Reviewed 29 August 2017

the animals are clearly distressed and starving and emotional abused! there is no room for them to move and it's terribly maintained. there is a seal show and an elephant show which is too heart breaking to watch.do not support this! and we must work...More

2  Thank chari_9018
Reviewed 22 July 2017 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 21 July 2017

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

1  Thank Alison W
Reviewed 17 July 2017 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
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13 January 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
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.