Meemure owns an exceptional beauty of nature with Lakegala Mountain and rich with traditional Sri Lankan styles.
It is located at the border of Kandy district and Matale district. Known as one of the utmost secluded villages in Sri Lanka with a population of 400 families.
The only way to enter this village is the Loolwatte trail of 14 km with an incredible hiking experience. It’s Possible to do camping at campsites at Meemure. After hearing about the Meemure trail, few of us badly wanted to go there to see this beautiful location.
It was used as a film location for the famous movie “Sooriya Arana” children’s movie sometime back, what we enjoyed in childhood.
Back in last year December 2015, we planned to get a three days trip to Meemure on a weekend including a Monday.
We have got a contact of a villager of Meemure from a friend who have visited there for a camping night.
Since it is located deep in Knuckles Mountain Range, we had ask that villager to send us a van to Hunnasgiriya.
We started journey from Fort railway station at 5.55 am in the morning .Since it was a Saturday, Train was crowded and couldn’t get a seat for any of us.
We didn’t bother to book tickets and bought 3rd class tickets for 100 rupees, less than USD 1. Cheap way to travel in Sri Lanka.
We arrived the Kandy railway station at around 9.45am in the morning.
After having breakfast at a small restaurant in front of the station, we walked to the bus stand to get the Mahiyanganaya bus.
While walking there we had to crash into a shop to buy some food items for the night, but unfortunately we had to walk so far to find a Food City.
So that’s better if you can bring food from home because around the Kandy bus stand you can’t find retail shops to buy those. We brought three sliced breads, fresh milk packets, Dhal and some sausages.
There was a bus to Mahiyanganaya from Kandy around 11.00am, but the conductor refused to give us seats since there were lot of passengers to all the way to Mahiyanganaya.
This is something very common in long distance buses in Sri Lanka. Finally he agreed to let us sit if we pay the full amount of the ticket price to Mahiyanganaya.
We got tickets after paying 80 rupees per head, but he didn’t issued a ticket even. Bus ride to Hunnasgiriya took nearly 2 hours in a well maintained road.
From Hunnasgiriya we have to get into the van, which was sent by Mr. Navarathne from the village.
You can contact him on 081-3804191, who is very keen to help you in the Meemure journey.
Since the village doesn’t have any other transportation from Hunnasgiriya, there are two vans starting from Hunnasgiriya to Meemure.
We called Navarathne uncle when we reach Kandy, so he has sent a van to Hunnasgiriya. Road to Meemure was not in good condition and it was raining bit hard.
We were planned to have a camping night when we discuss the trip, but instead of that idea we had changed our minds to stay at Navarathne uncle’s place due to the rain.
After a three hours in the van on a muddy road to Meemure, we arrived there around 4 in the evening.
Rain has been stop by that time. The first thing we saw there was the beautiful gigantic Lakegala shown besides the paddy fields.
That was an amazing view to get a perfect first impression of Meemure. After meeting the family of Navarathne uncle, his friendly wife offered us tea with some Kithul Jaggery.
After resting for few minutes we walked around the village and came back around 6pm. Mobile connections are not available in that area and only Lankabell phones work there.
After setting a bedroom at Navarathne uncle’s place we had bread as dinner with the delicious Dhal curry and sausages made by Mr. Navarathne’s wife.
It was bit cold there due to heavy rains. But we had a long tight sleep until 7am next day.
After waking up we had breakfast and tea prepared by aunty and Navarathne uncle introduced one of his relations called as Kalu malli(Malli: In Sinhala, younger brother) to guide us.
We wanted to walk into to jungle and do some swimming in those lovely fresh water streams around the village. Although we wanted to climb Lakegala, villagers advised to not to do that due to heavy rains for few last days.
So we visited to “Thaali Kata”, a big round pond underneath a rock. We can jump into the pool with life jackets on for an awesome experience of Meemure.
After walking along the paddy fields and passing across water streams, we manage to this place. Navarathne uncle has sent few life jackets with Kalu malli. It was one of the best experiences I ever had in my whole life.
You have to jump from a rock lying over the pool in 30ft height. Few of the team was not happy to do that.
So after jumping we decided to visit “Heen Ganga”. Force of the water was really terrible due to rains, yet the place shown by Kalu malli was safe to have a dip in cold crystal clear water.
Since we had time to explore we wanted to visit waterfalls, so Kalu malli took us to a beautiful falls called as Navarathne Ella.
We had to trek through the wilderness for few kilo meters. The view of the waterfall was extremely beautiful to watch out. We had our lunch packets there which were given by aunty when we leave in the morning.
On our way back to the home, we had a plan to set up our tents so badly.
After walking down the water streams, passing mini waterfalls, Kalu malli took us in a beautiful way back to home. After giving him a tip, which was about 1000/=, we decided to clean a place to set the tent.
Navarathne uncle guided us to a bare land of an abounded paddy field to set tents. It was around 5pm in the evening,
we settled the tent and walked around the village for a while to meet villagers who are very keen to help.
On the way to the camp site, we visited Navarathne uncles place to had dinner there. But he has arranged us a BBQ night on our camp site.
We had a camp fire there and really enjoyed that night under billion stars over heads.
Fortunately it was not raining, so we could sleep outside the tents. But after midnight it was bone freezing cold, so we all crawled in to tents to get rid of the cold.
Next day morning we all got us to the spectacular view of Lakegala in front of our eyes.
After cleaning the site and setting the backpacks, we headed to the Navarathne uncle’s place for a tea. Aunty has made pol rotty for us and we couldn’t leave them there.
We all enjoyed that two days at Meemure thanks to the Navarathne uncle and family. They were really helpful and provided us a great service.
So we decided to pay 2500/= per head to the food and accommodation.
He has asked the van to come there around 8.30 am, so we can get the train from Kandy at 3.00pm.
Waving good bye to Meemure, we came to the Hunnasgiriya by van. Even though Navarathne uncle pay drivers charges, we gave a driver a tip as an appreciation.
We got a crowded Mahiyanganaya bus from Hunnasgiriya to come Kandy.
We arrived Kandy by 1.30pm and had lunch there from the same restaurant we had breakfast on first day. After having the Lunch, we got the train at 3.30pm and arrived the Fort Station around 7.00pm.
It was a remarkable journey we had to enjoy the true beauty of the Mother Nature.
Since Meemure is one of hidden treasure of Sri Lanka,
Please make sure that you don’t spoil the cleanliness and the beauty by dumping Garbage.