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For 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.
The Mudhouse is in the rural northwest of Sri Lanka, in the Puttalam district. The nearest village is Anamaduwa, which is a tuk-tuk ride away. It is 3 hours' drive from Colombo, and just over 2 from the airport.
The Mudhouse consists of 4 clusters of uniquely designed wattle and daub huts set in 60 acres of forest. The huts range in size from 2-12 people, and vary from a traditional village house to stilted huts; but all are constructed with natural, locally sourced materials including a huge thatch roof and largely open sides. Expect simple but comfortable double beds (or good mattresses on cement bases) with mosquito nets, hammocks for day-time relaxation, outdoor showers and "indoor" western-style toilets and sink. All the furniture and fittings are creatively made from bits of scrap wood and local materials.