National Zoological Gardens Of Sri Lanka

Currently Closed
  • Address: Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha, Dehiwala 10350, Sri Lanka, Colombo
  • Timings: 08:30 am - 06:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +94-112712752
  • Ticket Price: 2500 LKR
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Zoo, Family And Kids, Bird Watching

Opened in 1936, the zoo has a lot of assets packed into a mere 10 hectares. There are at least 3000 animals, representing at least 300 species in total. The exhibits are quite straightforward, and divided into several sections. These are Primates (16 kinds of monkeys), Birds (flamingos, swans, ostriches, aquatic birds, migratory birds, raptors), a butterfly garden with 245 different species, an elephant area, about 32 species of reptiles including pythons, crocodiles and turtles, and Hoofed Animals (giraffes, zebras, rhinos, deer). Kids will love the petting area.

  • You can book a birthday party with animals on the zoo website.

Sri Lankans:

  • Adult LKR 100.00
  • Children LKR 30.00 (3-12 Years)
  • Children LKR 20.00

School/Nursery Group:

  • Overseas Visitors
  • Adult LKR 2500.00
  • Children LKR 1250.00

SAARC Visitors:

  • Adult LKR 700.00
  • Children LKR 350.00


  • Meet the Sea Lion “Chakku” – LKR 3000.00
  • Hello To Elephants – LKR 5000.00
  • Meet Our Birds – LKR 3000.00


  • Meet the Sea Lion “Chakku” – 4pm
  • Hello To Elephants – 4:30pm
  • Meet Our Birds – 3pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Last admission at 5:30pm.

  • Take a tuk-tuk, taxi, or local bus to here.
  • Drive or walk to here.
  • Dehiwala Zoo Bus Stop

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  • National Zoological Gardens Of Sri Lanka Address: Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha, Dehiwala 10350, Sri Lanka, Colombo
  • National Zoological Gardens Of Sri Lanka Contact Number: +94-112712752
  • National Zoological Gardens Of Sri Lanka Timing: 08:30 am - 06:00 pm
  • National Zoological Gardens Of Sri Lanka Price: 2500 LKR
  • Best time to visit National Zoological Gardens Of Sri Lanka(preferred time): 09:00 am - 03:00 pm
  • Time required to visit National Zoological Gardens Of Sri Lanka: 03:00 Hrs
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  • 28.39% of people who visit Colombo include National Zoological Gardens Of Sri Lanka in their plan

  • 88.16% of people start their National Zoological Gardens Of Sri Lanka visit around 1 PM - 2 PM

  • People usually take around 3 Hrs to see National Zoological Gardens Of Sri Lanka

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

94.83% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting National Zoological Gardens Of Sri Lanka

People normally club together Isipathanaramaya Buddhist Temple and St Anthony's Church Kochikade while planning their visit to National Zoological Gardens Of Sri Lanka.

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  • Dehiwala zoological garden one of the very good attractions in Colombo for the locals. Of course many foreigners do visit this place. The place looks very nice n clean with great mammals, like elephant lion tiger bear giraffe zebra n so many. Undoubtedly it would give an authentic experience to the local kids. However, as personal feel somewhat the location n standard measures needs to be elevated to international level to meet the tourists expectations. Wish the authorities can take a great step ahead. Wish them for their commitment n success.

  • 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 the process of renovation to meet global zoological standards. What we liked best was- the zoo was clean with lots of huge trees around, it had a cafeteria for lunch and other snacks, an enclosure for birds that you could actually walk into where macaw’s, parakeets and other smaller birds flew around freely. The park also has free WiFi, clean and well-lit toilets, a souvenir shop and a kids play area

  • Nice place to spend time whole learning something. Good place to give practical exposure. Improve how animals are treated. Specially those in reptile section and animals from colder climates.

  • Best place to visit with kids in the week ends now they have new policy no plastic zone so you better not to take single use plastic items as well not to litter every where. Food is bit expensive so you better take your own food and water you can buy snaks and ice cream from there Lot of animal verities are there to watch

  • Lovely zoo in the middle of the city! Didn't expect much, but was surprised to see so many animals and birds. You can easily spend 2-4 hours here. The aviary is amazing.

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