Colombo zoo which is also called as Dehiwala Zoo is one of the top attractions in Sri Lanka. It is located in the Dehiwala area, Colombo. The place is very calm except to 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.
Vehicles are not allowed in the zoo including bicycles. There is electrically operated sight seeing vehicles available inside of the Zoo for 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. 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.
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.
Soft drinks, short eats and full meals are available in the restaurant and small kiosks in side of the zoo.
Children can have pony ride and elephant ride for a small fee during the day time.
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). Cming by 119 route bus? Get down at the Karagampitiya Junction, (Next 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.
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.
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