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Hotel Road, Wilpattu National Park ,, Eluwankulam 19979 Sri Lanka
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We offer something accessible to everyone in harmony with nature at the boundary of Wilpattu Wildlife Park. Our concept is built around up-cycling containers into en-suite rooms, discarded pallets transformed into masterpieces of furniture, we have taken extra care to bring you comfort but not at the cost of cutting more trees for it! We arrange wildlife Safaris, Boat rides, Trekking and Whale/Dolphin watching
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Lazy river
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Secured parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Boating
Hiking
Bicycle tours
Canoeing offsite
Fishing
Walking tours
Car hire
Taxi service
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Umbrella
24-hour check-in
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Seating area
Coffee / tea maker
Extra long beds
Bath / shower
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Electric kettle
Complimentary toiletries
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Room types
Landmark view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Sinhala, Tamil

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Hotel Road, Wilpattu National Park ,, Eluwankulam 19979 Sri Lanka
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Bandaranayake Intl Airport76 miSee all flights
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Gooner3313 wrote a review Jun 2021
London, United Kingdom115 contributions107 helpful votes
A wonderfully sustainable property on the bank of the river. Lots of space to lounge and read, whilst being a stone's throw from Wilpattu national park. Fabulous food and clean, comfortable rooms, with plenty of hot water and good air conditioning (essential in this part of the country). The owners are lovely and have dedicated a lot into ensuring their guests have a fabulous time. Strongly recommend staying here.
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Response from The Backwaters Lodge, Owner at The Backwaters
Responded Jun 22, 2021
Thank you for your review of Backwaters Lodge . we are pleased that you enjoyed the stay . We look forward to see you again soon.
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Lisa D wrote a review Apr 2021
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Spent a wonderful two nights at the Backwaters Lodge - a team that provides an unparalleled experience for its clients. From its sustainability mindset, to the amazing local food and the never-say-no attitude of its staff, the backwaters provides its guests with a multit
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Responded Apr 24, 2021
Thank you for your awesome review . we are so pleased that you enjoyed the stay . We look forward to see you again soon.
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ImalF wrote a review Apr 2021
Colombo, Sri Lanka201 contributions44 helpful votes
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3 1/2 hours from the airport located just 10 minutes from the Entrance a very private base to visit the National Park. Each cottage is secluded and house keeping is of a very high standard. The staff very friendly , obliging and efficient. Nice body of water is you fancy a dip.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Apr 24, 2021
Thank you very much for your review . we are so pleased that you enjoyed the stay . We look forward to see you again soon.
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Mihipedia wrote a review Mar 2021
Colombo, Sri Lanka40 contributions7 helpful votes
From the excellent service standards, to the delicious food, the comfortable rooms, the variety of experiences, to the inimitable host, The Backwaters is a place that you cannot afford to miss. If you have a yen for adventure, a love for nature, and the capacity to enjoy some great tasting food, pack your bags and head to this place.
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Room Tip: Every room comes with the utmost privacy. But if you have difficulty walking, then ask for the...
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Responded Mar 31, 2021
Thank you very much Mihiri for your awesome review . we are so pleased that you enjoyed the stay . We look forward to see you again soon.
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Harshini S wrote a review Dec 2020
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This is an amazing experience to anyone who wants to try out new things in life. Totally different experience of spending your night in a container 👍👍,divine Sri Lankan food, friendly staff, beautiful water, kayaking for the whole family, best way to enjoy the beautiful nature of Sri Lanka. Thank you team Backwaters.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded Mar 31, 2021
Thank you so much for your review . we are very pleased that you enjoyed the stay and our concept . We look forward to see you again soon.
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PRICE RANGE
$80 - $99 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
Sri LankaNorth Western ProvinceEluwankulam
NUMBER OF ROOMS
6
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Backwaters
What are some of the property amenities at The Backwaters?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at The Backwaters?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, blackout curtains, and extra long beds.
What food & drink options are available at The Backwaters?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at The Backwaters?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Does The Backwaters have an airport shuttle?
Yes, The Backwaters offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Backwaters?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Tamil, and Sinhala.
Are there any historical sites close to The Backwaters?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Kalpitiya Kite Beach (8.9 miles).