Meemure Village – A Hidden Paradise in the Knuckles Mountain Range

Meemure is a traditional village that is located in the Knuckles Mountain Range of Sri Lanka. But it is an isolated village of the modern world. You can’t reach there easily. The place is widely famous among local travelers in the country. Many of them have given first priority to this village when they select traveling destinations.

 

Location of the Meemure:

Meemure is situated on the boarder of Kandy and Matale Districts. But it belongs to the Udadumbara Divisional Secretariat of Kandy district. Distance from Colombo is about 190km and from Kandy is nearly 75km.

This hidden paradise further belongs to the Central Province of the country. Kandy, Matale and Nuwara Eliya are the three districts of Central Province. There are two major routes to reach the place from Kandy city. The first and most popular route is via Hunnasgiriya. Then the next route is via Rangala and Thangappuwa villages.

We recommend you to choose Hunnasgiriya Route. It is the best choice with good road conditions. But the thangappuwa route is ideal for those who visit the location with Bikes or other off road vehicles. Both routes will join together in the Coberts Gap.

Cobert’s Gap is a beautiful junction where you can observe Knuckles massif. It is considered as one of the best viewpoints in the Knuckles Mountain Range. But this is the last point where you can see mobile signals on your mobile. Over there, don’t expect calls and internet signals until you back to the Cobert’s Gap again.

Driving 12km in a downward sloppy road will carry you to a village called ‘Kaikawala’. This is another beautiful village before the Meemure. ‘Heen Ganga’ river flowing through the Kaikawala Village and it is a great place to do bathing. From here, you need to drive around 4km to reach the destination.

 

Climate

Village and surrounded hill country area are in the wet zone of the Sri Lankan Climate map. It receives the annual rainfall around 2000 – 2500mm. Anyhow, you will feel somewhat hot weather because of the elevation of 324m from the sea level. November to February season considered as the rainy season for this area. May – September period is mostly rainless and it’s the ideal time to visit there.

 

Meemure Village

Total Population is approximately 400 with the 125 families. There is a big tree in the center of the Village. The tree called ‘Mee Gaha’ by the locals. Most people believe that the Meemure received its name due to this old tree. They have only two shops in the whole village. They have a school near the above mentioned ‘Mee’ Tree and its name is ‘Meemure Kanishta Vidyala’. Children stopped their education after the grade 11. Then they join with their families in the agricultural activities.

You can see Paddy cultivation, Chena cultivation, Ginger cultivation and Pepper cultivation fields during your trip. They are the major income sources of these rural villagers. They have used a Pack-bulled method to transport items until 2004. It is a traditional and old method of the transport in Sri Lanka which was used in the ancient past. But today, they have a bus to the village from Udadumbara. Road conditions are good to reach any vehicle into the village.

Recently they received the Electricity and ATM facilities. Until the recent past, they didn’t have a direct mail service to receive mails from outside world. That will tell you how remote village it was. However, now they have all these facilities and it’s not a rural village yet.

 

Lakegala Mountain

This is the symbol of the Meemure. It is a pyramid shaped mountain that captivate everyone. Height is 1314m from the sea level. This is also considered as the one of the 34 peaks in Knuckles Massif. Locals believe Lakegala is directly joint to the Rama-Ravana tail in the ‘Ramayanaya’. Pyramid shape and rocky surface has made difficulties to the hikers. It’s hard to climb and extremely dangerous for a new hiker. This is also considered as the one of the toughest mountains to hike in Sri Lanka. But there are some few hikers who have reached the summit.

 

History of the Meemure

Folklore and evidences said that Meemure is a village with almost 5000 year history. Ramayanaya is an Indian epic which contains details about King Ravana and Rama. King Ravana has ruled the Sri Lanka and Lake Gala was one of his power sources.

King Dutugemunu was a great king in the Sri Lankan history. He attacked the Anuradhapura Kingdom and defeated the King Elara. After defeating ‘Elara’, he contributed to empower the whole country. Before he attacked the Anuradhapura Kingdom, He had to stay for a small period of time in Mahiyangana Area. During that time, he had a servant called ‘Bulatha’. He lived in the ‘Udadumbara Kiripattiya’ Village. The main duty of the Bulatha was supplying Beetles and other essential accoutrements to the King Dutugemunu. He supplied Honey to the king and which was found from the Meemure Village. At the same time, Bulatha made the Sorabora Wewa tank and that was before 2000 years ago. It was another evidence that the village combine the history.

Meemure had a ‘Potasium Nitrate’ source for the ancient kings who lived in the Kandyan Kingdom. They have used those Potasium Nitrates for make gun powder against enemies. That source was found from a cave near to the Village called ‘Wedilunu Guhawa’. Today itself, you can visit there during your trip.

The place was also a hiding location for a Kandyan Kings. The village and its surrounded mountain range have made significant protection to them. During those times, there were no clear route to reach the village. King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe has banned and then fired one of his daughters to the Meemure. When the British Army captured the Kandy in 1815, King Sri Wickrama Rajasighe has planned to escape to the Meemure. But he was captured in the Medamahanuwara before he went there.

 

Camping, Hiking and Adventure Activities

Meemure is a very famous place for camping and adventure activities. You can bath in the ‘Mee Oya’ which is flowing through the village. There is a specially arranged place to do adventure and water activities. It is in the later part of the Mee Oya. Your guide will take you to that place with safety guard jackets. Two large pools available to jump from a massive height. It is an awesome activity that you should not miss.

You can see numerous camping places throughout the Meemure Village. Most places are available to book via internet. Anyhow, you can book one of those by visiting there manually. Camping is another activity that you must focus in here. It’s an amazing experience for those who live in an urban area.

Hiking Lakegala is not a good activity that you should not try. But you can plan a small hike and trail to see some waterfalls. Nawathna Ella Waterfall, Ravana Falls and Diyakerella Ella waterfall are some of the waterfalls that you can visit to see.

 

Films and Music Videos

Sooriya Arana was a famous Sri Lankan film that was filmed in the Meemure Village. It was in the 2004 and which was directed by Somarathna Dissanayaka. Jackson, Anthony, Sajitha Anthony, Jayalath Manorathna, Dasun Madushanka, Jayani Senanayaka and Giriraj Kaushalya were the popular actors & actress who contributed to this film. If you can watch this film, you can imagine the beauty of the village. ‘Giniyam Rae’ was a popular music video that also filmed here. It was produced by Iraj Weerathna and which was becoming popular recently.

 

Our Trips to Meemure

We first went in there in the 2019. 12 friends joined for the trip. That was happening in the 2019 February month. It was a rainy day. We first came to the Hunnagriya town from the Digana. Then we hired a Truck to reach to the destination. It was becoming a very fun trip. We all were enjoyed lot. Our camp was near the Mee Oya. We don’t forget to participate in the adventure & water activities. Rain was the only matter that we faced.

Our second visit was in the April month of the 2021. It was a sudden trip and we visited there by a car. 4 family members joined together. It was a sunny day and we couldn’t wait for a long time in the Meemure Village. We departed early and bath for a few hours on the Heen Ganga river.

 

Things to Consider Before you visit to the Meemure Village
  • Plan your travel into two days. It’s really difficult to go there one day.
  • Be ready for the camping and other adventure activities. You have lots more things to do
  • Weekends are very busy and weekdays are ideal.
  • May to September period is the best time to visit.
  • Now you can go there with any kind of your vehicle. But it’s perfect if you can go there with a small car. The bike is the most suitable vehicle for the journey.
  • Always polite to the villagers and ask any kind of help from them.
  • Don’t try to climb Lakegala without an experienced guide.
  • Don’t expect mobile signals, electricity or other facilities in the village.
  • Online Bookings are available with tour packages. So you can book them before you visit there.
  • Don’t pollute the Meemure Village with plastics and polythene. Always bring back what you are taking.

 

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