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The National Zoological Gardens in Dehiwela is located not too far away from Mount Lavinia and can be reached in about a 20 minute drive from the city. The zoo is the main zoo of the country and was opened to the public in 1936, making it one of Asia's oldest zoological gardens. It is home to around 3000 animals, including over 350 species of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles. The zoo also holds a few shows for visitors – elephant shows, educational programmes on chimps and sea lion performances. On certain days visitors are also offered elephant rides, pony rides as well as the services of a souvenir shop. The aquarium walk-through, reptile house and butterfly garden are some of its highlights.   ...more

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The National Zoological Gardens in Dehiwela is located not too far away from Mount Lavinia and can be reached in about a 20 minute drive from the city. The zoo is the main zoo of the country and was opened to the public in 1936, making it one of Asia's oldest zoological gardens. It is home to around 3000 animals, including over 350 species of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles. The zoo also holds a few shows for visitors – elephant shows, educational programmes on chimps and sea lion performances. On certain days visitors are also offered elephant rides, pony rides as well as the services of a souvenir shop. The aquarium walk-through, reptile house and butterfly garden are some of its highlights.  

Ticket Price

2500/= for foreigners

Opening Hour

Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Recommended Visit Duration

Around 1-2 hours

Suitable For

Adults, Families, Young Adults, Senior Guests, Children      

Must See

The aquarium walk-through, reptile house and butterfly garden

Prayer Facilities

Muslim travellers who require prayer facilities at the National Zoological Gardens may visit some of the mosques in Dehiwela. The Dehiwala Jumma Mosque at Nandamithra Lane, Waidya Road Mosque and the Dehiwala Town Jumma Mosque on Galle Road are the three closest mosques to the Dehiwela Zoo and can be visited during prayer times. Plenty of private space will also be available within the premises of the zoo.

Halal Food

Though quite a few restaurants and eateries will be available within the zoo itself, the availability of Halal food may be limited. Muslim travellers looking for Halal food near the National Zoological Gardens can visit some of the numerous Halal restaurants in Dehiwela. A few prominent Halal restaurants near Dehiwela Zoo include Cafe Asiana on Hill Street, Burger's Hut on Zoo Road and The Sandwich Factory. For more dining options, Muslim travellers could also try out some of the Halal restaurants in Mount Lavinia, located not too far away.

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