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The Mudhouse

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- Atmospheric eco-lodge
- Stunning rural location
- Cycling, cookery classes, kayaking
- Traditional local cuisine

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The Mudhouse is a wonderfully secluded eco-retreat set within 60 acres of verdant wilderness in the remote Puttalam District of north west Sri Lanka. Surrounded by forest, lakes, and wildlife, the property sits on the edge of a small village, at the foot of an ancient rock temple. Offering comfortable, rustic accommodation in private and individually designed huts, the Mudhouse will appeal to travellers seeking a taste of rural Sri Lankan life in a beautiful, tranquil location.

A two-and-a-half-hour drive from the main international airport in Colombo, the property is a good bet for a relaxing start or finish to a holiday in Sri Lanka. It works well in combination with Wilpattu National Park, either combining with a stay at a safari camp or using the Mud House as an overnight base for a full day's game drive in Wilpattu.

Food is locally sourced, traditionally prepared, and delicious, incorporating organic ingredients grown on the estate. Mealtimes are tailored around guest requirements, and special diets can be accommodated.

There’s a great range of activities on offer including cookery classes, birdwatching, hiking, and kayaking on the lake. Complimentary bike hire is provided for exploring the extensive grounds and nearby sites. The majestic Paramakanda Temple, a towering rocky outcrop with spectacular 360-degree views, stunning shrine rooms, and fascinating frescoes, is a short cycle or tuk-tuk ride away.

Accommodation is in individually designed huts constructed using natural materials and traditional techniques, yet with a contemporary edge. Huts vary from smaller two person units to large family huts which can accommodate up to six guests. All have outdoor showers, indoor bathrooms, dining and lounge areas, and relaxation spaces complete with hammocks and mats.

Note that there is no mains electricity in the guest areas. Lighting at night is provided by plentiful candles and lanterns as well as subtle, solar powered LED lighting which lend the property a particularly atmospheric feel.

Children of all ages are warmly welcome. Under 5s can stay free of charge, with reductions offered to guests under 18 years of age. Mealtimes are flexible, and children’s food preferences can be accommodated. Baby cots are available upon request, and a babysitting service can be arranged. Due to the remote, rural nature of the lodge, parents are reminded to ensure that children remain under adult supervision at all times.

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  • Hello Lisa. We came back from our trip two weeks ago now so I am sending this email much later than I wanted to. Nevertheless, what I wanted to say was thank you very much for helping us organise an amazing trip. Our days in Mafia Island to celebrate my 50th birthday were exactly what I wanted them to be: a fantastic time with the family doing activities that we all love and enjoy in a relaxing, unusual, beautiful place full of sun, surrounded by water, wildlife and friendly people. We swam with whale sharks, did a lot of snorkeling, had two picnics on a beautiful sand bank, watched the sunset over the sea, did a bird watching excursion and tried scuba diving.
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    I cannot wait to plan another trip! I am already thinking about where and when. Hopefully no pandemic will get in the way this time. And I will come to you as my favourite travel agent.
    I copy in this message the Tourdust office because I want them to know how good you are and how much I appreciated the different trips you organised for us (including the trip to India for my parents that was cancelled due to Covid). I cannot thank you enough :o)
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  • Hi Lisa
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  • Can't praise tour dust enough, they helped us to create a holiday of a lifetime that has given us family memories we will treasure forever. From start to finish the whole experience was exactly what we wanted and more. Due to covid we waited 2 and a half years for this trip but worth the wait.

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