The Mudhouse

Puttalam, Sri Lanka

Press Reviews

The Times, September 2012
"The remote countryside location of The Mudhouse makes it an ideal place for those really looking to get away from it all. A series of quirky accommodation options, from wattle-and-daub mud houses with thatched roofs to traditional village houses and even a hut on stilts, each comes with comfy furniture, an outdoor shower and an indoor bathroom. There’s no mains electricity, other than a limited solar supply for recharging batteries, and lighting is provided by candles which add to the rustic experience. Finding it can be a problem: in keeping with the hotel’s eco-philosophy, there are no signs - but once there, you may not want to leave."

Guest Ratings


Guest Reviews

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  • “For anyone wanting a genuine close to nature experience in Sri Lanka, the Mudhouse is the place to go. Lovely, simple mud huts with good beds, great outside bathrooms and showers, breakfast and dinners by the lake. Superb cuisine and an exceptionally friendly team everywhere in this jungle paradise. We particularly enjoyed our early morning birdwatching walks our guide Molli, the cycle rides, swimming in the lake and incomparable home cooked curry dinners with the frogs croaking around us everywhere in the lake. A five star experience in a very special setting with great but understated service throughout. We're going back there. Thanks so much.
    The Mudhouse has no licence, so you are invited to bring your own beer, wine or spirits as you wish.”
    juliet, United Kingdom (26.02.13)

  • “We stayed as a family in the camping hut, which was enormous so very comfortable. We were looked after by the wonderful Molli, who took us for bird watching, swimming in local fresh water tanks and was incredibly sweet and patient with our kids! Mudhouse is a wonderful and serene place and setting, our kids favourite in Sri Lanka. Mudhouse even provide mosquito protection - but bring plenty!”
    Margery, United Kingdom (12.04.12)

Save to favouritesPrintMailThe MudhouseFor adventurous travellers, this place is a real find. First off, the setting: you're in the middle of fascinating wetlands that are criss-crossed by a vast network of irrigation ‘tanks’ built around 2,000 years ago by the early Anuradhapura civilisation to store monsoon waters. These small lakes have sustained farming and fishing communities for centuries, not to mention an array of birdlife that includes storks, ibis, herons and spoonbills. A stay at the Mudhouse gives you a unique insight into this life, at a pace that has not changed much since ancient times. Then there's the [r:SL070:houses] - spread extravagantly across 60 acres of forest. Each 'mudhouse' is in fact a cluster of simple, open-sided huts made of wattle and daub, with thatched roofs, dining/meditation areas and outdoor showers. Regardless of the size of your group, you get a cluster to yourself - making it perfect either for a couple wanting a romantic hideaway from it all, or for a family (or group) after an action-packed, adventurous time. Staff are local villagers, so the service is genuinely warm and friendly (though their English is not always great); and we were impressed with their enthusiasm and willingness to learn. With the paths lit up by oil lamps at night, and open fires flickering outside the huts, it is not surprising that the Guardian rated this "one of the most romantic destinations in the world". For our own kids, the open-air adventures and the sense of freedom made this a holiday which they still talk about to this day.

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