The Mudhouse is located in the evergreen ‘Intermediate Dry Zone’ ¬†forests around Anamaduwa.

The area receives less annual rainfall than many parts of the island and means the environment changes throughout the year – unlike the lush ‘wet zone’ areas of the south.

Vast networks of man-made ‘tanks’ (lakes) are used to irrigate the paddy fields and support village life – a system remaining unchanged since the times of the ancient kings. Often a picture of splendid serenity, the lakes are focal points for villages and essential to humans and animals alike.

The region is predominantly flat with the exception of a handful of vast rocky outcrops.