National Zoological Gardens Of Sri Lanka, Colombo

Currently Open
  • 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
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About National Zoological Gardens Of Sri Lanka, Colombo

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.

National Zoological Gardens Of Sri Lanka Information

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

National Zoological Gardens Of Sri Lanka Ticket Prices

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

National Zoological Gardens Of Sri Lanka Opening and Closing Hours


  • 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.

How To reach National Zoological Gardens Of Sri Lanka by Public Transport

  • 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, Colombo Reviews

  • Parking area is not sufficient. Wheelchair / go cart accessible. On demand shuttle service within premises available. Food, beverages, drinking water, lavatories available. Clean and neat restaurant is there. Good collection of animals there. Shold and can be further improved. Elephant dancing is attractive.

  • Very nice place to spend the whole day. Well developed now and larger carnivores are in open which is great and they look healthy. There could be more information about animals but still a good informative zoo. Restaurant quality is medium and there won't be a menu card even if there a menu there won't be available. I would still recommend this place. It's a well maintained zoo with a lot of animals.

  • The place seems to be much organized and clean than the previous time went there. Lot of facilities for the covenice of the public. Seems animals are well looked after. Even the staff was very helpful in getting directions and information. Nice place to visit with family.

  • less maintaining... cages condition is very pathetic... most of cages are empty. They not properly clean cages. Very less amount of foods they offer to animals. Tickets are not expensive. Very less parking facility in that area. Most of time so many vehicles park at both side of the road. New cages are some what ok.

  • It has been upgraded and very nice to spend a day out with family. Tickets prices are convenient. It is up to expected standards for foreign visitors as well. Only thing that the tickets for foreigners are very cheap.

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