“A group of wonderfully simple, secluded huts hidden in Sri Lanka’s ancient heartlands, flanked by woods and lakes which teem with birds and wildlife”
Set in 60 acres of forest, The Mudhouse consists of 4 clusters of uniquely designed wattle and daub huts (each suitable for 2-12 people). All are constructed with natural, locally sourced materials including a huge thatch roof, largely open sides and furniture made from re-purposed scrap wood. Expect simple but comfortable double beds (or good mattresses on cement bases) with mosquito nets. There are hammocks for day-time relaxation, outdoor showers and "indoor" western-style toilets and basins.
Although The Mudhouse cannot guarantee a specific hut, you can request your ideal option when booking. Couples are usually allocated to the Original Mudhouse or Honeymoon Hut; families to the Family Hut; larger groups to the Palu Hut or Maha Gedera Hut.
Original Mudhouse (sleeps 2-6): a collection of 5 huts originally built by Kumar as his own home. One hut is the master bedroom, a stilted hut holds the second bedroom (with lake views) and another acts as your lounge (or a third bedroom). There’s also a dining hut and a bathroom hut (shower).
Family Hut (sleeps 4): located a considerable distance from the central dining pavilion, this hut has 2 double beds and its own dining facilities.
Honeymoon Hut (sleeps 2): much simpler than its name suggests, with it has one double bed on a raised platform. It’s next to the Family Hut and the 2 can be rented together (good for a large family) or separately (in which case the other one will remain empty).
Palu Hut (sleeps up to 12): there are 6 double beds, a couple of outdoor shower rooms, some hammocks to kick back in, and a private garden.
Maha Gedera Hut (sleeps up to 10): a large, square hut with 5 doubles, a spacious indoor/outdoor bathroom with a tree shower and a central courtyard, perfect for socialising.
The Mudhouse serves excellent local food, with many of the ingredients coming from its own organic farm. Chicken, fish or vegetable curries are served for lunch and dinner. We particularly enjoyed the delicious fish curries served with coconut rotis, sambal and mallums (lightly cooked greens).
There is no menu as such, just the dish of the day, but you can make special requests. If the food is too spicy (or not spicy enough), let the cooks know and they will adjust your food accordingly.
For breakfast you will get eggs alongside a Sri Lankan specialty such as hoppers, roti or pancakes, as well as fresh fruit, toast and jam.
There is a central dining pavilion overlooking the tank (lake) where meals can be taken together with the other guests. In addition, each hut is totally self-contained, with its own dining area, so if you don't feel like being sociable, you can have your food brought to you and eat in your own forested seclusion.
Around the Mudhouse, activity is optional. You could just chill out in a hammock and hang out by the tank (lake) watching buffalo, water birds and occasional elephants. Or you could explore on foot or by bike (every guest is allocated one), tuk-tuk, tractor or kayak. Kumar and his staff are happy to guide you or advise on solo excursions:
We think this is a great option for adventurous kids aged 5+ (younger kids are accepted but you would have to be energetic parents). For our own kids (aged 10 and 12 when they first visited), the open-air adventures and sense of freedom made this a holiday which they still talk about to this day.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
The Family Hut is the best option as it has 2 double beds, plus an optional rollaway bed. The Maha Gedera Hut (5 double beds) and Palu Hut (6 double beds) will fit a family with ease (any beds which are not needed can be taken away).
A non-English speaking babysitter can be arranged on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The chef will happily make kids meals and, if they tire of curries, the staff will do their best to come up with alternatives like pasta.
Parents with younger children will need a lot of energy, as the resort is home to lots of wildlife and unfenced deep water. Bear in mind it can get very hot and there's no a/c or fans.