Retreat to Sri Lanka's unique Mudhouse

The Mudhouse eco-retreat is a picturesque cluster of mud-walled buildings set in beautiful, unspoilt forest in western Sri Lanka. You'll stay in an open-sided hut, enveloped in the warm, spiced air, with an unparalleled chance to experience the relaxing pace of rural Sri Lankan life. Ideal for families and couples alike, this eco-friendly project offers activities that range from yoga to kayaking, and is conveniently close to the temptations of the Cultural Triangle and Wilpattu National Park.

What to expect at The Mudhouse...

At the heart of The Mudhouse’s ethos is a commitment to combining sustainability and comfort, to provide a unique and memorable retreat. The houses are extraordinary structures, each designed for different requirements and created using locally-sourced materials. The team even offer courses for architects to learn about the ingenious construction techniques they've used!

The 'Original Mudhouse' is perfect for couples or small families, as it offers two gorgeous sleeping huts and an area for private dining. For larger groups, both the 'Palu Hut' and 'Maha Gedera' are ideal, with the latter being particularly appealing to those with small children due to the layout and brilliant open-air ‘jungle shower’. The retreat is fantastically family-friendly all round, offering cots and highchairs, babysitting, specially adapted menus and the chance to learn about eco-living.

For couples wishing to get away from it all, the 'Honeymoon Hut' offers peaceful seclusion in an exclusive, private complex, and the option for romantic evening meals in your own jungle paradise.

Once you have settled in you will be spoilt for choice for what to do next: you can go birdwatching in the surrounding forest, or set out on a nature-trail adventure; complimentary bikes are available for riding around the local landscape, or you could try kayaking on the lakes, or simply picnicking beside them. Lessons in traditional Sri Lankan cookery are very popular, as is dolphin watching from the nearby Kalpitiya Peninsula. 

A short cycle or tuk-tuk ride takes you to the Paramakanda Temple to see the remarkable Buddhist frescoes, or you could drive to the exquisitely preserved ancient capital of Yapahuwa. The must-see Cultural Triangle region (home to five of Sri Lanka’s UNESCO World Heritage sites) is within easy reach, as is the beautiful Wilpattu National Park, which is famous for its elephant population. 

Selective Asia's Nick tells us the stars were simply amazing, thanks to the lack of light-pollution, and that at night the camp is lit by fire torches - very atmospheric indeed. There's so much to enjoy here - tranquillity, delicious food, great hospitality and exceptional experiences - and any length of stay will leave you with some really magical memories.

Location: Anamaduwa, Sri Lanka

Duration: 2 nights or more

Accommodation: a mud hut in rural Sri Lanka

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Our clients the Knott family said...

'The Mudhouse is another world and a wonderful one. We had a treehouse to live in overlooking the lake and open on the lakeside. We enjoyed kayaking and swimming in the large lake very much. It is magical in the late afternoon when they bring round the lamps in readiness for the evening. Again, the staff are so hospitable and help so much to make the place what it is.'

Good to know...

The Mudhouse is not for everyone! There's no electricity, the showers are outdoors, and the accommodation is (clue's in the name!) built of dried mud. The toilets are indoors.

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