Hi! We are a team called ‘Nature camp’ our team studied Sport and Recreation management degree program in University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. We are originated from Pathfinders Hiking Club (non profitable hiking organization). It is cognized ecotourism of Sri Lanka.
Now we are going to take you to a beautiful paradise where situated in a Prehistoric and isolated village. Calm down yourself. You already have a created ever green window inside your concreted mind. Open it and go through this stories on this bonny intenerates
Meemure is a fascinating village located in
324m above sea level . This village with a favorable climate belongs to Kandy District in Central province Sri lanka. From the east of this village pyramid shaped Lake gala (high about 1314m) has located. By the west there is beautiful Knuckles. To the north from Meemure there is a forest which runs to ‘Pitawalapathana’ and to south the ‘Heenganga’ rever with pure water flows.
Meemure is well nourished by water as there evergreen rain forest in knuckels (are water falls started from). The highest rain fall to Meemure reports through North East monsoon whole Meemure also gets the South west monsoons showers.
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The Way to paradise
The only way to reach Meemure is the ‘Hunnasgiriya’ where located 50km far from Kandy. From Hunnasgiriya to Meemure there are 33km and the routs is tricky but pleasant.
Pack-bulls were the solitary method of transport in Meemure till 2004. Herd of cattle carried sacks full of goods and equipment to the village. Due to the prosperity of the village pack-bulls were only used to carry salt, cloths, tobacco and calcium bicarbonate. To date, transportation is developed. A three wheel, a jeep and a lorry can be accessed comfortably a costar with 28 seating capacity can be used to reach Corbett gap which is half of the distance of Journey.
There is a small van; daily provides transport due to the needs of peasants. Even though, the carrying capacity of this van is 12, up to 20 – 30 travelers getting in to the van. This situation is clearly evidencing the difficulty of this area. These van departures at 5.30 a.m in the morning and 11.30 a.m from Meemure and Hunnasgiriya respectively.
Though the route to Meemure is difficult, none of the areas in Sri Lanka has such diversity along the route. Hunnsgiriya is the southern boundary of Knuckles forest. From that, 6 feet narrow road runs through knuckles East slope.
This road can be divided to tow categories for easily understanding.(1) 15km route from Hunnasgiriya to Corbett gap.
(2) 14km along Meemure route.
The first part of the road is in 1000m above sea level. There, it can be seen monuments of colonial tea industry and the estate Tamil’s cultural environment. There is a panoramic view in between the first part of the road and Corbett gap. Close to southern slope at 180º - 240º Mahiyanganaya. Hasalaka, Kandy and Victoria can be seen clearly though the panoramic view.
You will meet another bonny place with an educational value in this journey. It is kunackles South Rang Office. You will be able to see a lot of important educational information from that office. 750m far from that office, small worlds end can be viewed which has 800m slope. You will be able to watch 18 bends in Mahiayanagnaya with surrounded roads and settlements.
Next you will reach Corbett gap, passing well grown pine estates and graceful waterfalls. From the east slope of Corbett gap there are Lakegala and Meemure zones. From the south slope you will see the misty tea estates in Deenston.
From now on, the road to Meemure about 12km long begins. Within a 4km distance you will experience a 1000m slope within a 10:6 dip of course it is a frightful experience.
Also you will meet a preservation area which had used for cardamom cultivation. Because our route flows on a Knuckles slope we frequently meet tiny waterfalls. How ever, the most wonderful experience is that we can experience two separate climate zones within ten minutes. Next until you reach Meemure, you are meeting the paddy fields that cultivated according to white water – lily system.
History of the village
According to the folklore the unwritten history of the village goes back to 5000 years Lakegala that situated close to this village was belonged to king Ravana who ruled the country before 5000 years according to most of opinions.
Pyramid shaped Lakegala was used by Ravana as a security power source and people believe that there was a tunnel in Lakegala in the times of Rama – Ravana war Most of the people believe that the dead body of Ravana was placed in Lakegala.
The next evidence on Meemure can be found from 700 B.C which was the era of king Vijaya who was the father of new Sri Lankan population. Vijaya a migrant from India married to Kuweni when he was in Sri Lanka. It is said that kuweni was banished from the castle when the king Vijaya and his second marriage from India. So the kuweni with her two children lived in a forest where situated in Eastern province and it is believed that the indigenous people were born from the two kids of Kuweni still today, the headquarters of indigenous people (Dambana in Mahiyanganaya) can be seen 60km far from Meemure.
Since January/May Lakegala is perfectly viewed from Eastern sea of Sri Lanka. Also ancient sailors used this lake gala as a land mark. And the ward Lake gala was derived from ‘Ilakke Gala’ which means the ‘Target Rock’
After the 1505,west nations conquered Sri Lanka , people of Meemuve supplied dynamite (nitro) powder for the Kandyan kingdom to produce guns. Still, there is a nitro cave that can be considered as the source of gun powder .
Also in 16 century King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe had banished his daughter with a group for one of guilt’s of his daughter to Meemure. And the name of this village originated because of “Mee” trees as said by villagers.
Meemure is a land with 700 acres. Ravana Ela. and Heen Ganga in Meemure is nourished by eastern slope of knuckles .The network of streams in Knuckles harbors at least 25 species of freshwater fish with 8 endemics and 7 nationally threatened fish species recorded.
More about the Flora & Fauna of Meemure...The vegetation within the Knuckles wilderness ranges from lowland semi-evergreen forests to Montana forests. These vegetation types harbor a rich composition of animals and plants, some of which are unique to Sri Lanka. The Knuckles forest region has a rich composition of birdlife and has recorded over 130 species of birds. Over 10 migrant Bird species are also found here. Of the total recorded species 20 are nationally endangered. Out of the 20 species of Amphibians that have been recorded in the Knuckles wilderness, 12 are endemic and are considered nationally endangered.
Meemure has plenty of waterfalls . Among those falls "Nawarathne falls heights about 200m is special – The route to Nawarathne falls is full of “Mee” sapu and kumbuk trees with Puswela. And those trees with canopies emphasize the aesthetic value of rivers of Meemure
Life of the Village
There are about 125 familis with 400 populations in Meemure. Architecture is on of the major identities of Meemure.
Villagers build eco friendly houses using clay and ‘Illuk’ which latest for 30 – 40 years. They mark their land boundary, using quirts walls. This wall building technology can not be seen in any village in Sri Lanka.
Before the cardamom cultivation was banned in 1982 through the forest preservation act, Meemure villagers earned their bread through cardamom cultivation, after 1982 villages shifted to Chena and paddy cultivation and pepper cultivation.
Nowadays "some peasants use jiggery palms and produce toddy and honey to earn their living. Still these Villagers buy only kerosene and salt etc. from the small boutique of their village.
They work for man day and they only value the labor not the money. Village got the electricity in 2008 and there is no cabled telephone facility. But the can have CDMA signals after a huge effort.
Lakegala is located in north to the Meemure. this mountain has a pyramid shape and a mysterious looking. It is about 1314 m high and prevails as a giant who provides security to the village . If there is a mountain other than Lakegala in sri lanka ..it is Adam’s peak.
There can be seen archaeological monuments in Lakegala that has not been digger. At top of the mountain there are some caves with monuments of a huge reservoir .From the North to the Lakegala" there is Narangamuwa village which belongs to Laggala secretarial division while there is Ravana falls from the east and meemure from the south to Lakegala. You have to walk 3 km from Meemure to the Lakegala bottom and 2 km from bottom to top of the mountain.
1. Nawathna Waterfall Tour
2. Rawana River Expedition
3. Trekking Lakegala
4. Narangamuwa via Lakegala Hike
To the south of Meemure Gala Muduna has located. This village is an extremely difficult village with 20 families. Vehicles are hardly arrived.
You have to go 6 km" along the forest to reach Gala Muduna. There is only one junior school for the village" So the education of villagers end up after their age of 14. When people get sick" patients are taken to the using a sack tied to two sticks. This village does not have telephone facilities.
Road to this village is rich with flowers and animals which belong to Knuckles eco system. “Gala Muduna” as revealed by its name is situated on a top of a rock. this area has a scenic beauty with elegant views of Mahiyangana Sorabora Wewa and other small lakes along with a dry zone.
There are three major rivers begins from Knuckles that nourish the all is land1. Heen Ganga
2. Hulu Ganga
3. Kalu Ganga
Heen ganga begins from East slope of Knuckls. flows along 36km through Corbett gap and Kalupahana. This river joins to the Mahaweli, the longest river of Sri Lanka. In the both sides of Heen ganaga river bank, you will see a million aged forest with diverse rocky plates.
Pus Wela that grown across Heen Ganga, increases the beauty of river.
The prettiest setting of Heenganga is the sitting between Corbett gap and Ginipetti palama (20km) (Match Box Bridge). That setting is a paradise with ting water falls, caves, trees and animals for a environment researcher ‘Bulath Happaya’ the endemic fish which has identified by the Red Data Book is also lives in Heenganga. Within there 20km setting there are no many houses except one. Heen Banda, the one and only person lives in that house is 84 years old man. According to him this setting a village called Dandeniya where there were four houses with seven families before 2004. Due to the wild elephant attacks and other difficulties those families were migrated to Meemure.
HeenBandas’ life history, with and mysterious experiences is a great treat for a traveler as he still does his work on his own within the disturbances by wild elephants.
Away from 6km from his place, you will meet Ginipetti palama. Especially in this bridge is, this bridge across a water stream again meeting another stream of water. It is the only bridge that has such a pattern. Again 1km from this Ginipetti palama, you will meet Hasalaka -Pallepola road. Most of the travelers, who visit this destination, begins another journey to Dambana, Mahiyanganaya and some of the travelers choose Wasgamuwa Natioanl park where the highest wild elephant population prevail. There 35km to Wasgamuwa from Hasalakapallepola road.