A Night Safari: A Guided Adventure Along the Mystical Kala Oya - Backwaters - Official Site

In the heart of a lush, untamed wilderness, nestled amidst the verdant embrace of nature, lies the secluded Backwaters Lodge. This haven of tranquility, far removed from the bustling city life, is a sanctuary for those seeking to connect with the untouched beauty of the natural world. One of the Lodge’s most cherished experiences is the enchanting night safari along the mystical Kala Oya.

As the sun dips below the horizon, painting the sky with hues of orange and pink, the landscape transforms into a different realm altogether. The stillness of the night is punctuated by the symphony of crickets and cicadas and the gentle rustling of leaves. Guests gather at the Lodge, their anticipation palpable, ready for a journey into the nocturnal mysteries of the jungle.

Accompanied by experienced boatmen cum naturalists, the night safari begins, each guest armed with a flashlight to pierce through the darkness. The Kala Oya, a tranquil river that winds its way through the wilderness, is a haven for elusive creatures of the night. The spotlight of the night safari illuminates the thick foliage above the decades’ old majestic trees, revealing the mesmerizing eyes of a Loris, a nocturnal primate known for its slow movements and distinctive large eyes.

Further along the riverbank, the fishing cat, a skilled hunter with a penchant for aquatic prey, makes a rare appearance. The graceful feline wades through the still dark waters, its reflective eyes mirroring the twinkling stars above. It’s a sight to behold, a testament to the Lodge’s commitment to preserving these precious habitats.

Amidst the dense foliage, the enigmatic jungle cat prowls silently, blending seamlessly with its surroundings. Its sleek form and stealthy movements are a reminder of the untamed essence of the wilderness. The naturalists provide insights into the behaviors and adaptations of these magnificent creatures, deepening the connection between guests and the natural world. If you are one of the fortunate few, then even the precious and precocious Rusty Spotted Cat can be encountered on this surreal safari.

The night safari along the Kala Oya is not merely an adventure; it is an opportunity to witness the harmony of life in its truest form. The still clear waters mirror the peace and serenity of the jungle at night, a tableau that leaves a lasting imprint on the hearts of those lucky enough to experience it. The Backwaters Lodge, with its commitment to conservation and exploration, invites guests to be a part of this captivating journey into the heart of the wilderness, forging a lifelong bond with nature’s nocturnal wonders.

Tour length: 1.5 hours

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Enjoy a perfect wildlife safari at Wilpattu National Park in the afternoon after checking in and as the day draws to an end, head over to the small island for a unique dinner experience. The next morning take a boat ride down the river absorbing the sites and sounds of mother nature.


Take a full-day wildlife safari at Wilpattu National Park and wrap up the first day with a gentle evening river cruise and a fun dinner on an island. The next day, explore the fun-filled seas of Kalpitiya with a spot of early morning dolphin watching, paired with a scenic tour of this colonial port town. Fill in the rest of the day by taking a natural trail for bird watching and a tuk-tuk ride around the village.


Start off with an exciting river safari paired with a bicycle ride passing village scenes and paddy fields. Trek through the property to explore the variety of unique birdlife and try a hand at fishing while relaxing under the afternoon sun. Schedule a full-day safari at Wilpattu National Park to explore the deep jungle and relax with an evening bout of kayaking and a cooling dip in the river. Complete your stay with a visit to Kalpitiya, home to a vast number of Whales and Dolphins