This might be the most unique hotel we offer anywhere. It's tempting to say something like ‘it’s not for the fainthearted’, but that really wouldn’t do it justice as it’s one of the most universally well-received experiences we offer. Each hut is entirely unique and just fantastic; the exhilaration when you first discover where you’re staying doesn’t leave you throughout your time here. Though rustic on a different level, they feel undeniably luxurious with slow pace baked into the mud.
The huts are open to nature, with no fully encompassing walls, and those present are made from mud, tree roots, bamboo, all locally sourced and crafted on site. There are hammocks, gratuitously comfortable beds and the reassurance of mosquito nets. Situated deep in the wilderness and surrounded by forest, with nearby lakes sitting within a flat, lush landscape punctuated by rocky outcrops that rise like islands, it’s a proud haven for wildlife. The Mudhouse is a special experience for anyone (how could it not be?) and one that we love to include wherever appropriate.
Located north of Colombo, the Mudhouse makes a show-stopping first stay, ideal before heading into the Cultural Triangle or up to Wilpattu National Park.
Slow-cooked local cuisine
All activities included
Yoga platform in the middle of the lake
Unique mud-walled bungalows
The Mudhouse is an absolute must for anyone visiting Sri Lanka. It was one of our stand-out highlights, possibly the best of the whole trip.
Discover what to expect from staying at The Mudhouse
The Mudhouse works well for your very first night in Sri Lanka, depending on your subsequent journey, and what a way to begin! Just imagine that: going from the rush and modernity of the airport lounge to staying in a mud hut at the edge of a lake in the Sri Lankan jungle within just a couple of hours. We love it when our clients choose to begin their Sri Lanka experience that way.
A whole bunch of things are on offer, but to start with all guests are provided with bicycles so they can explore the sandy lanes around the property. You can use the kayaks or paddle boards to explore the lake, learn how to make authentic Sri Lankan cuisine from the chef, and take a walk with a guide along the nature trails. There’s a highly recommended rock temple to explore just 3km from the property, and a small local town to visit if you want to explore further afield.
As you might imagine, the Mudhouse is fiercely sustainable. Their supportive approach leads them to only employ local people, and either farm all their own produce or buy it as locally as possible. The surrounding land is a labour of love, whether it be regenerating areas with trees, smart water management, or encouraging more wildlife to make it their home. Amazingly, every single piece of furniture on site, from cupboards to beds, tables and chairs, is made on site in the workshop.