Friday, November 6, 2020

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                                                                            The World Heritage Site of Dumbara or Knuckles Mountains is an area of ​​nearly 21,000 hectares of lush green forest.  Around these forests, the villages of the simple villagers who made their homeland from the past still survive today.  No matter how rapidly the world pursues modernization, the culture of urban sprawl has not yet arrived in these rural areas.  Their lives are simple.  Mostly self-sufficient.  The main reasons for this are the lack of proper roads and the lack of proper electricity.  According to official statistics, there are 86 villages around the Dumbara range where these simple villagers make it a habit to walk around the city once a week and return with their belongings.

                                                                           The village of 'Atanwala' in Laggala Udasiyapattu in the Matale District is another isolated village with a free and self-sufficient lifestyle surrounded by the Knuckles Mountains.  To reach this village one has to travel from Matale to Illukkumbura via Riverston-Pitawalapathana.  It is difficult for large vehicles to travel on that road and after another 4km footpath from Rathninda, after crossing the Thelgamu Oya, you will come across the village of Atenwala

                                                                          In this rural way of life which shows the beauty of the past to this day, paddy fields, vegetable cultivation, raising dairy cows and buffaloes, and kithul milking have become their livelihood.  The Manigala rock is located behind the village of Atenwala.  This hill station is associated with many legends and is a major tourist attraction for night campers. 

One of the reasons for this is the ability to experience the beauty of the bone village from the top with the eyes.
Considering the village of Aten and the lifestyle of its villagers, these villagers are accustomed to eating betel leaves instead of betel leaves.  It is the custom of these villagers, who consider the river Ganga Bandara to be their deity, to offer their first harvest to the river Ganga Bandara during sowing and harvesting.  Even today, if you visit here, you will still be able to see the paddy fields and the mud huts instead of the gates. The 'Thelgamu Oya' mentioned earlier is a very beautiful stream and is also suitable for bathing.

 Although the village of Meemure, which belongs to the villages around Knuckles mentioned above, has been gradually developed due to its tourist attraction, it has also posed a serious threat to this World Heritage Ecosystem due to its relative environmental degradation.  Therefore, if you are traveling to see the rural life of the village of Aton, you should keep in mind that this ecosystem must be protected. CLICK FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT SRI LANKA


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