Meemure is a small remote village situated in the Central Province of Sri Lanka in the Kandy District. The nearest city is Hunnasgiriya, which is approximately 175 km from Colombo. Meemure is an off-the-beaten track hamlet at the very end of a 30 km cul-de-dac road leading from Hunnasgiriya to Knuckles Range. Situated right in the heart of trekkers’ paradise, maybe Meemure is the one and only village of its kind in Sri Lanka. The population of Meemure is about 400 with roughly 100 families. This is yet another society struggling to maintain their unique culture. Most of the younger generation is migrating to the cities in search of jobs and better lifestyles. As more of them become aware of the opportunities available in the city, they pursue the possibilities of a more comfortable life, at the least. Much of the youth are found working at garment industries or joining the armed forces. As unfortunate as it may be, they do not turn back to the village and often express shame to admit they are from such a remote village.
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Horton Plains trekking hotspot
Bambarakanda 240 m waterfall
Adam's Peak pilgrim mountain
Hakgala Botanical Garden
Kitulgala white water and birds
Peradeniya Botanical Garden
Meemure village life and trekking
Knuckles Range trekking highlight
Randenigala NP alternative camp
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Meemure is also written Meemoore, Meemoorav, Meemura or Mimure. At Hunnasgiriya, highest point at the Kandy-Mahiyangana road, there is a turn-off to the north. This 30 kms long access road leads to Meemure. The first half is easy to drive, but the last ten of kilometres require an all-terrain vehicle and yet will take a long time.
Meemure is not a 100% insider tip. Many local travellers in Sri Lanka use it as a starting point for trekking in the Knuckles Range. Nevertheless Meemure has not yet become an international backpacker meeting point like so many other Lonely Planet tips.
Overnight stays in Meemure are possible in the temple or as a guest of a local family in their private house. They are used to offer accommodation for trekkers. But they can only provide basic facilities. Most trekking guests in this area are Sri Lankans, not foreigners.
In Meemure Village you can also stay at “Dumbara Pini Bindu” Village Hall with permission of village people, especially “Bandara Ayya” and “Nawarathna Ayya”.
Mimure is a perfect destination in case you intend to stay with locals in an attractive but untouristed scenic highland village. You can enjoy a few days learning more about tradional hill country village life in case you accept less facilities and comfort than in tourist areas. If you are looking for an authentic travel experience with meetings and expeditions, Meemure can be recommended for sure.
If you are a lover of local alcohol you can have fresh local toddy made of Kithul Tree flower sap (Ra).
Y ou can enjoy bath at nearby water falls and streams.
Starting from Meemure, there is a two-day trekking route westwards, along the third Knuckles peak to Bambrella. An overnight stay is provided on the peak. This hike should be led by a local guide, otherwise you could easily get lost, and the trail is sometimes very bad. Since the food for two days has to be carried, this trekking with guides and porters of course is more expensive.
Accordingly the food is simple, but hygienic. Close to the hut on the top Cardamom is grown, which in its area of origin, Kerala in India, is grown in more than 1000 metres hight, too. The refuge is maintained by the plantation that will charge a small fee for providing it for travellers.
Early registration for Meemoore is recommended, because it is not easy to find a guide. A reservation six months in advance would be sufficient.
Lakgala - Battle of Lanka
The sharp peak called Lakgala (also spelt Laggala or Lakegala) near Meemure is believed to be the setting of events told in the famous Indian Ramayana epic. Lakgala mountain is considered to be in the area where King Rawana lifted the Dhandu Monara, the First Flying Object, and the place where he stood during his final fight in the Battle of Lanka, when Rama killed him using the supernatural Brahmastra weapon.
Lakegala mountain hike is very good experience who interested in mountain climbing adventures.
How to reach Meemure
First go to Kandy city which is 116 km away from Colombo. Then take Kandy-Mahiyangana Road (A26) towards Mahiyangana. Turn left at Hunnasgiriya Junction which is 35 km away from Kandy. Then pass Loolwatte Village which is 15 km away from Hunnasiriya Junction. From Loolwatte it is another 15 km to the Meemure Village.
Sightseeing on the way to Meemure
On your way from Colombo to Meemure you can enjoy the natural beauty of the scenery, Hulu Ganga (River), Victoria Reservoir, Teldeniya New Town. (The former Teldeniya had to be left for the Mahaweli Project.)
Then you will come along Dothalugala Forest and Botanical Garden, Mini World's End, and Cobett's Gap (Attala Wettuwa), a place where a lot of wind is blowing.
On the other side of Corbett's Gap you will arrive at Meemure and see Lakgala Mountain, where King Rawana lifted his Air Plane called Dhadu Monara.
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