Luxury hotel holiday The Mudhouse Anamanduwa

The Mudhouse, located around 2 hours north of Colombo is a truly unique eco retreat. Guests will have a truly tranquil experience exploring the local area and the sights of the Cultural Triangle nearby Anuradhapura. Guests will enjoy the unique design of each house and hut which are all made from natural materials as well as the traditional, fresh cuisine served in the main hut. A wonderful choice of hotel as a stop on one of our touring holidays of Sri Lanka or as a longer rural retreat.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with Sri Lankan Airlines
  • Transport by private car with driver-guide
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, board and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to the Mudhouse, Anamanduwa

The Mudhouse is an exclusive, eco-retreat in a beautiful natural location. Tradition is at the heart of this resort, from hut accommodation to clay-pot cooking. An unmissable spot to unplug from the modern world and get back to basics.

Facts in brief

Official star rating Small luxury boutique

Location In the countryside, the hotel is approximately 80-miles north of Colombo

Closest airport Colombo airport

Distance from airport About 2 hours drive

Hotel facilities and services

Dining, excursions arranged to nearby places of interest.

Out and about nearby

UNESCO world heritage site at Anuradhapura, Tabowa Lake, Elephant corridors, Yapahuwa and Pandurasnuwara ancient capitals with rock carving, mangrove and lagoon boat trips, cycle rides, bird watching at Anawilundawa bird sanctuary, Puttalam lagoon, Wilpattu National Park (birds, leopards, elephants, wild buffalo, crocodiles and sloth bear), Thigala rock inscription, rock temples at Mulegama. Cycling and boat trips available nearby.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Hut room for 7 nights

From about

£2,300

Holiday Code EXH1172

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to the Mudhouse, Anamanduwa

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Hut room for 7 nights

From about

£2,300

Holiday Code EXH1172

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to the Mudhouse, Anamanduwa

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to The Mudhouse in Sri Lanka, our clients fly to Colombo, usually with Sri Lankan Airways on a direct flight from London Heathrow (or with Emirates from other UK airports via Dubai). This hotel is 2 hours and 45 minutes' drive from Colombo airport and is usually stayed at as part of a tailor-made touring holiday accompanied by a driver-guide.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Hut room for 7 nights

From about

£2,300

Holiday Code EXH1172

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to the Mudhouse, Anamanduwa

Highlights of the Cultural Triangle

Sigiriya Rock Fortress; Dambulla Cave Temples; Polonnaruwa – ruins of the ancient capital; Anuradhapura – sacred city; Wildlife safari in Minneriya National Park (or Kaudulla National Park); Elephant rides/treks; Birdwatching on the ‘tanks’; Hot air balloon ride; Cycle ride – local village life; Ayurveda health treatments, massages, herbal steam beds and aromatic baths; Ritigala monastery ruins (walking required); Aukana Buddha; Mihintale; the story of Buddhism; the story of Ayurveda. Day trip or continue on to Kandy, visiting spice gardens, batik workshops, Temple of the Tooth, Kandy market, city centre, view from hills, workshops for woodcarving, brass and musical instruments.

Cultural highlights of the Cultural Triangle

Four of Sri Lanka's eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites are in what is popularly known as the Cultural Triangle. Between them they tell a fascinating story of Sri Lanka’s civilisation. The 5th century Sigiriya Rock Fortress is one of Sri Lanka’s most awe-inspiring archaeological sites and its prime tourist attraction, well worth climbing to see the majestic views from the summit. Nearby are the Dambulla Cave Temples, each cave filled with murals and gilded statues depicting the life of the Buddha. The well-preserved ruins of Polonnaruwa, the 12th century capital, tell a story of Buddhism, royalty, kinship, war and power. Highlights are the Royal Palace, Council Chamber and four graceful Buddha statues of Gal Vihara. The ancient city of Anuradhapura is a vast archaeological site of palaces, monasteries, temples and dagobas, mostly in ruins, although some have been resorted. This was one of the grandest monastic cities that the world has ever seen. Other sights worth seeing are Mihintale Sanctuary, known as the ‘cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka’; Ritigala, ruins of a 9th century monastery hidden amongst dense forest; and Minneriya National Park, a park filled with wildlife including elephants, buffalo, wild boar and crocodiles.

Festivals in the Cultural Triangle

The Buddhist festivals: monthly on Poya (full moon) days, especially Vesak (May) and Poson (June). Poson marks the introduction of Buddhism to Sri Lanka by Arahat Maha Mahinda, son of Asoka of India at Mihintale in 3rd century BC. July to October – the Elephant Gathering: during this season in the evenings, hundreds of wild elephants gather along the banks of the Minneriya Tank.

Climate in the Cultural Triangle

As the climate is very hot with an average temperature of 30° C, it is best to do sightseeing and activities in the early mornings and late afternoons, with time to relax at the hotel, eat or travel in air-conditioning at the height of the day. Average humidity is 60%, with very little rainfall most of the year - most of the rain falls between November and February when the North-east monsoon prevails.

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