Allure of Meemure under threat

With its scenic Lakegala Mountain and beautiful lush green paddy fields, Meemure village can be found near the border between the districts Kandy and Matale, in the Knuckles Mountain Range. With a population of about 400, Meemure is one of the most remote villages in the country.

The Knuckles Mountain Range on the other hand is also of prime importance as it is a World Heritage Site. The Central Highlands of Sri Lanka – a serial property comprising of three component parts; the Peak Wilderness Protected Area, Horton Plains National Park, and Knuckles Conservation Forest – was declared a world Heritage site in 2010.

These montane forests are considered a unique biodiversity hotspot and home to an exceptional number of endemic species of flora and fauna, including several endangered species such as the Western Purple-faced Langur, the Horton Plains Slender Loris and the Sri Lankan Leopard. The range includes the largest and least disturbed remaining areas of the sub-montane and montane rain forests of Sri Lanka.

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