Anamaduwa, Sri Lanka's West Coast, Sri Lanka
At a Glance
The Mudhouse has been designed as a Sri Lankan village, with cow dung floors and palm thatched roofs
There is a large vegetable garden where a huge range of produce is grown for the Mudhouse
Accommodation is suitable for both couples and families as there are options with multiple rooms and the huts are secluded
The Mudhouse is surrounded by nature with the restaurant looking out over a lake
The Mudhouse is eco friendly, organic and sustainable - they grow their own fruit and vegetables, and light is either from oil lamps or solar panels
Ideal for nature lovers and birdwatchers
All food and activities are included - the only activities that are charged are those further away requiring a car transfer
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From May to August the Yala monsoon brings rain to the island’s southwestern half, while the dry season here lasts from December to March. There is also an inter-monsoonal period in October and November when rain can occur in many parts of the island. Colombo and the low-lying coastal regions have an average temperature of 27°C.
To start planning your vacation to The Mudhouse
The Mudhouse is an eco-friendly and rustic retreat located north east of Colombo airport. Spread over 60 acres and next to a lake, the Mudhouse is designed to have the feel of a traditional, rural Sri Lankan village.
The Mudhouse is a perfect place to escape for those who are slightly more adventurous and it's biggest selling point is its simplicity. The manager and founder Kumar and his staff will welcome you with an enormous smile and do all they can to make you feel welcome.
There are no signposts on the gravel road that winds to the settlement which adds to the feeling of remoteness and privacy of the huts dotted amongst the trees. The rooms are all different in size and design but all are built using traditional techniques and locally sourced materials. There is very limited electricity and therefore no hot water and the rooms are lit with oil lamps at night. Beds are comfortable and well protected with mosquito nets and all guests are provided with a torch for navigating when night falls. Showers are outdoors.
The surrounding landscape is a naturalist's dream with fantastic bird life on the lake and beautifully patterned butterflies everywhere.
Your meals are eaten in a separate hut which is incredibly tranquil. At night a camp fire is lit and hours can be spent under the stars. All the fruit and vegetables you will eat are grown on site and the food is simple and delicious local fare. The kitchen is by no means closed and many guests like to observe and learn traditional cooking techniques during their stay.
The Mudhouse is styled on a typical village mud house which consists of a double bedroom, a small library and sitting area. One bathroom which has a w/c, basin and open air shower. The Mud House can accommodate up to four guests. The hotel is currently building a raised platform, similar to a treehouse, so that this can accommodate larger families, commanding spectacular views over the surrounding countryside.
This is also a spacious Camping Hut that accommodates up to 12 guests. Double beds on raised clay platforms fitted with mosquito netting are set dormitory style. There are two indoor bathrooms with outdoor showers. The Camping Hut is ideal for two families or a group of friends traveling together.
For those traveling as a family, the Family Hut has a sleeping area furnished with two double beds; living area, indoor bathroom and outdoor shower. The Family Hut is situated closest to the restaurant.
Finally, the Honeymoon Hut is a small, romantic hut fitted with a double bed and has an indoor bathroom and outdoor shower.
Children are very welcome and families tend to love the Mudhouse. There are no specific facilities for children and we wouldn't recommend the retreat for very young children.
The Mudhouse doesn't have wifi, although guests can use the hotel's computer which is connected to the internet if they really need to.
The Mudhouse has plenty of activities, and also a yoga sala for those who would like to do yoga by themselves as there isn't an instructor. Meals are served either in the restaurant or in-room, or a table can be set up in the location of your choice - ideal for couples seeking a romantic option.
Every morning at breakfast you will be asked about your activity plans for the day, all of which are included. You can choose from swimming, fishing, kayaking or boating on the lake, birdwatching (although this is best arranged the night before, as it involves an early start), walking to the local Paramankanda Rock Temple or exploring a local village by bicycle. There are also more activities available slightly further afield, but these are chargeable.
Jack Mace (Staff)
Imagine off the beaten track, then imagine a dusty trail of that track and you've got the Mud House! It's an absolutely amazing place for those looking for something different, it's unlike anywhere I've stayed. 6 mud houses make up this fantastic little spot, each different in their own way. I'd advise staying 2-3 days to really make the most of it. When you arrive you are met with the infectious laugh of Kumar, a founder of Mud House. His smile and character resonates with the rest of the staff who couldn't be friendlier. Whilst here you do as much or a little as you can, there's no rules but I would say to make the most of where you are as it's a special place which you won't find anywhere else!
Rikki Poynton (Staff)
An amazing property and so much fun! Choose either a tree house with open views out to the reservoir or stay in a traditional mudhouse. Explore the local village and nearby rock temple or spend your time spotting the abundant bird life.
Sara Wells (Staff)
The Mudhouse is a great nature experience, each hut has been lovingly built by traditional old methods using mud and cow dung for the floor and walls, which together with high rafter palm roofs creates comfortable, well ventilated accommodation. The partial walls frame nature so guests may look out at wildlife from the comfort of their loungers - a really tranquil experience. Another great vantage point is the dining area which looks out over the main lake, excellent for birdwatching.The other lake is perfect for kayaking.
Night time is particularly atmospheric as electricity is generated by solar so each hut has only one bulb, so you rely mainly on kerosene lamps and candles!
I loved this property for the privacy, the lack of wifi, tvs and phones which forces you to reconnect with nature and relax.
Clare Monro (Staff)
I loved the Mudhouse as it is really refreshing to get away from it all - there is no wifi (although Kumar will let you use his computer if you really need to), and it very much feels like you are in the back of beyond. The rooms are really unique and the beds very comfortable. Those afraid of insects shouldn't really consider it though! But ideal for birdwatchers and nature lovers. I particularly liked the outdoor bathroom - but no hot water so don't expect a hot shower! The food is great - really authentic Sri Lankan fayre - and the staff make you feel so welcome and at home.
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Location & directions
Anamaduwa, Sri Lanka's West Coast, Sri Lanka
The Mudhouse is north of the international airport, close to the town of Anamaduwa. The drive to either Kandy or Colombo is only two and a half hours. Furthermore, it is en-route from Colombo or the airport to the ‘Cultural Triangle’, making it ideal to visit on your way to or from the famous ancient sites at Sigiriya, Anuradhapura and Dambulla.
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