Ideas around the Mudhouse
There is so much to see and do around the Mudhouse, and it is probably best to not put anything into stone and decide what to do when you are there. Many of the experiences can be done on tuk-tuks or if you are feeling active, bikes. There are a multitude of trails you can head off on, to the two lakes and into the surrounding villages. Tie this together with a special picnic beside the lake after having a quick kayak across it. For those with an interest in birdlife and nature, there are a couple of superb walks.
If you like your history, the Paramakanda Temple is located just 2kms from the Mudhouse set on a rocky outcrop overlooking the surrounding countryside. It dates from 89-77 BC, and has a long and colourful history. The Tonigla Rock inscriptions date from the first century BC, and interestingly enough it is thought to show the oldest evidence of banking structures such as interest rates for storing grain. The sunsets here are superb. Yapahuwa is forty minutes from the Mudhouse and is the least known of Sri Lanka’s ancient cities. It dates from the 13th century, and like Sigiriya is built on top of a rock, and was once home to the Buddhas Tooth (now in the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy). You can walk up the long steps to the summit for amazing views.