National Zoo - Dehiwala 904 views

ColomboNature & Wildlife

Recomended duration
3 Hours
Best time of the year to visit
Throughout the year
Open Hours
8.30 AM to 6 PM (All 7 days). Extended hours on every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 7 PM to 10 PM


Little bit about National Zoo - Dehiwala

Known as one of the ancient zoos in Asia, the Dehiwala National Zoo in Sri Lanka is widely known as the Colombo Zoo all over the world. This zoo has a remarkable collection of exotic and indigenous fauna. This Zoo is home for 72 species of Mammals, 65 species of Birds, 31 species of reptiles,89 species of Fish, 3 families of Amphibians and 30 species of Butterflies etc. The zoo supports and promotes conservation by breeding certain rare and endangered species through proper animal welfare. Around one and a half million locals and tourists visit the zoo in a year, most universities and schools take students on an educational tour to the zoo. The zoo has many entertaining activities for its guests to enjoy. The zoo is developing and changing according to the changing world and needs of the animals. When in Colombo, make plans to visit this zoo.

Things to know before you go

  • Always keep a safe distance from animals
  • Do not feed the animals
  • Do not tease animals
  • Do not enter restricted areas
  • Do not make noise playing musical instruments, radios, tape recorders and singing etc.
  • Pets are not allowed within Zoo premises
  • Smoking is prohibited within the premises


Sea Lion show  4 PM
Elephant show  4.30 PM
Bird show
 3 PM (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
Snake show  2.30 PM (Saturday and Sunday)


Night time educational program on every Friday, Saturday and Sunday:

Turtle Talk  7.15 PM
Tiger Hunt  7.30 - 7.45 PM
Nocturnal know-how
 8.00 - 8.15 PM



Foriegners (SAARC Countries)
Adults LKR 700
Children (3-12) LKR 350
Children (Below 3) Free
Foriegners (All other countries)
Adults LKR 2,500
Children (3-12) LKR 1,250
Children (Below 3) Free
Adults LKR 100
Children (3-12) LKR 30
Children (Below 3) Free
School Kids (with School uniform) LKR 20


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