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The Backwaters

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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Free parking
Free internet
Lazy river
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Secured parking
Pool / beach towels
Breakfast available
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Bicycle tours
Canoeing offsite
Walking tours
Car hire
Taxi service
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
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
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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Mayura D wrote a review Sep 13
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Finding the location was easy and painless and we entered an open spacious car park. A short walk through dense dry zone forest opened up into the main dining area and hangout. We were met by Tarique, the affable and genial manager and owner of the property. It was immediately apparent to my wife and I that this was Tarique's Labour of Love. We felt right at home within a few minutes of our arrival. The entire thrust and drive of this unique Lodge has been one of care of the environment immediately around it and in general. Recycling and upcycling of a great variety of items and resources with almost no value has been carefully thought out and implemented; the end result defies explanation! The accommodation is by way of two 40ft containers conjoined and the furnishing is entirely of wooden shipping pallets tastefully and artfully converted into excellent furniture. The food throughout our two nights' stay was nothing short of sensational and the kitchen department must be commended on an extraordinary effort. The entire property was very well maintained and the friendly staff only added to our sense of well being. The creek running at the edge of the property afforded us endless fun and enjoyment with regular dips in the cool waters with our drinks out on a floating tray no less! Tarique even arranged a boat trip down the creek and we were punted along silently (no noisy engine) giving us the opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the forest and the many many birds in the area. We also embarked on a safari into the nearby National Park and to our astonishment we were privileged for ovwr 20 minutes by the sight of a majestic Leopard in his prime a few metres away from the vehicle, seemingly totally oblivious to us humans. Back at the Lodge into the evening Tarique kept us entertained with his amazing sense of humour and wit, and it would not be an exaggeration to state that our two days and nights with Tarique at the Backwaters was one of the most enjoyable, if not THE most enjoyable trip we have ever had! Needless to mention, it was with great reluctance we said our goodbyes to Tarique and his amazing Lodge. We surely will return! Our rating out of 5 stars is a 10! Three thumbs up to Tarique!"
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
Dagmar H wrote a review Aug 2020
Beruwala, Sri Lanka142 contributions30 helpful votes
Plastic free property and build into the nature without disturbing the wilderness beauty of this place. Instead of visiting the Wilpattu Park you better hang out in the property where wild animals will come close.
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Date of stay: August 2020
Response from The Backwaters Lodge, Owner at The Backwaters
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you for your review . we are pleased that you enjoyed the stay . We look forward to see you again soon.
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Eshana R wrote a review Jul 2020
Colombo, Sri Lanka40 contributions2 helpful votes
The place is really quite amazing and they’ve gone to so much detail with their sustainable concept, there is no plastic use anywhere. The staff are very friendly and helpful and went out of their way to make our stay welcoming. And the food is out of this world! Every meal is a surprise and just so good!
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
Response from The Backwaters Lodge, Owner at The Backwaters
Responded Jul 28, 2020
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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Sharon Walker wrote a review Jun 2020
4 contributions
It was a lockdown celebration with our dear friends in family after a period of nearly 3 months. Indeed was awesome. Thariq and his team (including the great cooks) served us with authentic Sri Lankan food and special Backwaters preparations which were topped it with the warm touch of hospitality. This was not my first visit to BW but it was first when it came to the boat ride! WOW and boy oh boy NO regrets what so ever. We spotted Pea-hens Eagles, king fisher and much more little birds. The beauty alongside the river banks was lush green with little sound that one would imagine a perfect relaxing morning would be. Thank you Thariq and the team for the amazing lockdown outing which will last forever in our hearts.
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Date of stay: June 2020
Response from The Backwaters Lodge, Owner at The Backwaters
Responded Jul 28, 2020
Thank you very much for your detail review of Backwaters Lodge. we are so pleased that you enjoyed the stay . We look forward to see you again soon.
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Erik E wrote a review May 2020
4 contributions
We had a wonderful and memorable stay here. It is hard to overstate how much we enjoyed the wildness of the property, perfectly mixed with comfortable and clean rooms, and welcoming hospitality. Coffee on the deck in the mornings with birds calling was magical. We sampled many of Sri Lanka's specialty meals here and I can say that without hesitation they were the best meals we had the entire trip (after visiting a half dozen other places in Sri Lanka). The proximity to Wilpattu National Park was what brought us here and both safaris we did (arranged by the lodge) were some of the most incredible wildlife experiences we have had. Highlighted by a single leopard sighting, but also an impressive bird list (including all of the local specialties we hoped for) and elephant encounters. A romantic meal on the dock and a quiet boat ride on the river are memories that will stay with us. We dream about coming back often!
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Date of stay: June 2019
Room Tip: Don't miss the boat ride on the river!
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Response from The Backwaters Lodge, Owner at The Backwaters
Responded Jun 1, 2020
Thank you very much for your detail review of Backwaters Lodge. we are so pleased that you enjoyed the stay . We look forward to see you again soon.
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Sri LankaNorth Western ProvinceEluwankulam
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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.