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« on: February 13, 2009, 03:32:54 AM »

Hi,
We are planning to explore the area around Meemure in early March and found the previous post ( accomadation in Meemure) and the trail guides very useful.
A question - has any one been since June 2007 ( last post for Asanke's ques) and would you have any idea how far a 4WD can be taken?  We are thinking of camping in Kaikawala or meemure, and do a few hikes around the area. if so where is it ok to park the vehcile?
Last time we stayed in Kobonilla and did the rest on foot. this time we are thinking of driving a little further in.
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« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2009, 09:41:40 PM »

I was there last November and the road is in good condition up to about 10 km from Meemure. From there it was under construction with few sections not in good shape. A reasonable 4WD can easily make it all the way to Meemure even in the present sate.

You can leave your vehicle at Meemure. Keep it locked and that's it. Its not as bad as the situation in some of the cities in Colombo  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2009, 07:19:55 AM »

I suggest that it is possible even for a normal van to reach Meemure. We did it last April (Caravan). Although we had to get off at some places to increase the ground clearance, it was manageable.

The regular transport service between Hunnasgiriya and Meemure is also maintained using a Isuzu Elf van.

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« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2009, 09:38:18 PM »

Thank you very much for the info.
Much appriciated.
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« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2009, 07:49:53 PM »

We are back from a 4 day visit to Kaikawale and Meemure. We read up all the detailed information available on Lakdasun prior to leaving, so thank you all for posting.

To add a little bit of information:

The road is in good condition and any high clearance vehicle can easily make it all the way to the ‘centre’ of Meemure. A few bends are badly rutted but do not give any serious trouble. Parts of it could be quite slippery after heavy rain. It took us a little over 2 hours from Hunnasgiriya turnoff, including a few photo stops.

We stayed in the Kaikawale temple and a home in Meemure.

The Kaikawala temple Dhamma Shalawa has lots of mats, pillows and a few mattresses if you need them – it got quite cold in the night. The whole place was very clean with plenty of brooms around for us to clear up. The monk is very old, but very concerned and helpful. We had taken all we needed but he inquired by each item – food? water? light? mats?... as to whether we needed any. If you don’t feel like cooking (there is a kitchen attached to the Dhamma Shalawa) the house on the slope just before the temple will make you bath packets, Rs. 75 each. We saw a little board by the bend just before the temple and walked up the hill to the house. Very good packets and she will make them at the time you want, you just need to give few hours notice. The next day she also accompanied us down river to ‘de-kinda,’ the point at which the maha oya and the Heen oya meet. Excellent spot. Her father knows a lot of the places along the river including a special rock in the middle of the river which is linked to the Ravana legends.

Moving on to Meemure, there is supposed to be a house called Vana Arana which provides accommodation for Rs. 350 each. The villagers told us the temple is generally not used for sleeping. One of the ladies we met while walking invited us to sleep in their house. As a result, we did not check out either the temple nor Vana Arana, so information is only what we heard. The houses across the Meemure Oya have the nicest spots if you are looking for a home to stay in.

All the villagers were very nice except, maybe, the first ones we met. The shop in front of the Meemure school, where the road ends and you park was not too helpful. It seemed they were a bit tired of visitors. It seems a lot of people visit these villages and not everyone behaves in an acceptable way. While we were there a large group of young men had come, they were drunk and the villagers complained that they had been drumming and signing till 2am, dirtying the water, breaking bottles, etc.  No idea why such people come to areas like this. 

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« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2016, 01:31:35 AM »

The rest of the discussion which is on responsible travel in environmentally and socially sensitive Meemure has been moved to:

http://www.lakdasun.org/forum/index.php?topic=14690.0

All those who plan to visit Meemure - PLEASE READ!!

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