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.