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Colombo zoo is also popularly known as Dehiwala Zoo. It is one of the top Tourists attractions in Sri Lanka. Meanwhile it is considered as the best Zoo in South East Asia. This place is popular for its captured and domesticated Elephants and their show. Every day the Elephant Show used to take place around 4:00 PM in a special arena.  The Zoo is located in the Dehiwala area, Colombo. The place is very calm except for the traffic on the road. Don't expect the zoo to be located near to wild area. It is in the heart of the Dehiwala town. The zoo is keeping lot of animals, birds, fish, crocodiles and Snakes. Follow the numbers posted on each sector that used to start from the entrance for easy access of the Zoo.

Vehicles are not allowed inside of the zoo including of bicycles. There are electrically operated sightseeing vehicles are available inside of the Zoo for a small fee. Each visitor must purchase the entrance ticket and must keep it with them till they come out of the zoo compound. Video equipments and cameras may require permission tickets. Polythene is completely banned in side of this zoo. Sp try not to bring them here. Attendants will check your belongings to see whether you are carrying any thin polythene bags or material with you. So don't bring such prohibited items with you.

Elephant show and sea lion show used ro take place in the evenings and no extra tickets are required for to view them. Don't use your camera flash lights while you are shooting photos during the elephant show. The flash lights may irritate the elephants that are performing the show. There is special sector for the ornament fishes and snakes. One large green tree area is covered with nets where you can find butterflies and small birds.


There used to be an elephant show and sea lion show during the evenings and no extra tickets are charged for it. Don't use your camera flash lights while you are shooting photos during the elephant show. The flash lights may irritate the elephants that are performing the show. Children can have pony ride and elephant ride for a small fee during the day time. Soft drinks, short eats and full meals are available in the restaurant and small kiosks that are located in side of the zoo. Children can have pony ride and elephant ride for a small fee during the day time.

Visit Colombo Zoo in the Night Time.

  • Dehiwala zoo is now opened for the visitors in the night time too on Weekends.
  • On Friday, Saturday and Sunday it will be kept opened from 6:30 PM up to 10:30 PM for the visitors.
  • This is the best time to watch Lion and Tiger like animals, which are used to be more active in the night time than the day time.
  • Night entrance ticket is priced at Rs 150/- per head for the local people.
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How the tourists can visit Dehiwala zoo?

  • Taxi, tuk tuk and private vehicles are good option..
  • Let the vehicle to go and come back later when you need it as you may need around 8 - 9 hours to see the entire zoo.

How to reach Dehiwala zoo?

Route number 176 buses are running between Hettiyawatta (Kotahena) to Karagmpitiya or Dehiwala. This bus passes via Borella, Rajagiriya and Nugegoda. By travelling in this bus you can get down in front of the Dehiwala zoo. If you are coming through Galle Road, get down at the Dehiwala junction and catch the 176 bus at the Dehiwala Junction (Galle road and Hill Street junction). Coming by 119 route bus? Get down at the Karagampitiya Junction; (Next to Dehiwala Police Station) then catch the 176 starting from there to Kotahena and get down at the second halt. If you are coming by train in the costal line, get down at the Dehiwala train station and catch the 176 bus which starts outside of the Dehiwala railway station it will take you to the zoo on its way.

Visit To Zoo.

Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Poya days, public holidays and school holidays used to have thousands of visitors to the zoo. You have to stay in long Queues to buy the entrance tickets. Recently a new facelift had done to the Zoo's entrance area, with beautiful structure next to the main entrance with large name sign. During the school holidays lot of visitors used to visit the zoo.

Don’t try to feed the animals as it is against the rule.

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