This waterfall location is so named after Thotulagala tea estate field no. 10. Our cache "No. 10 waterfall" is one of three caches alongside the lower outskirts of Thotulagala, Pitaratmalie and Dambatenne tea estates. A good viewpoint for the 3-caches-area is the 3-km-post on the Dambatenne Road (to Lipton Seat). First cache is on Eagle Rock (1.3 km), second cache here, third cache is on top of a jungle waterfall (1.1 km), 300 m meters below Dambatenne tea factory. Finding all 3 caches in a day will take about 4-6 hours by walk.
Dry days are best to find this cache cause you have to climb down a steep, slippery path with some debris. Better to have a strong walking stick and wood cutter knife with you cause you have to find a way through the thick, thorny jungle. We made a 1.3 km walk from Eagle Rock to the top of the western waterfall. On the way we had a short rest at No. 9 viewpoint (N6 45 53.0 E80 59 09.9). We have seen some birds with nests on the bedrock so be carefully and don´t disturb them.
Off-roaders can start from Thotulagala busstand Dambatenne Road. A badly cart treck goes down to the school, a Hindu temple and inside a little bungalow forest. Drive down about 1.5 km, turn left and drive another 600 m to a bridge. Cross the bridge and stop after 400 m in a sharp right turn bench. Keep enough space for heavy vehicles like lorries and tractors. Hereafter follow the river to the top of the falls. The second fall is 40 m SSW.
Top: View from downside. Middle: Eastern fall from top and bottom. Down: Giant rocks, sun beams, fall pond.
Shortest way to get down this 23 m waterfalls is with climbing equipment. If not, start from the southwestern waterfall and walk 56 m right side up (SSW). There is an old foot path going down. If there was a bush fire short time ago, as we had it (our dresses got black from the ash), it´s easy to find the way. But this grass grows fast - and up to 2 m high. Arms up, this gras is sharp! We climbed down over the right hill, cut a path through the thick, thorny jungle. Back to the river we climbed up 60 m to the bottom of the waterfalls (photo). A totally different area than the tea estates! Wild monkeys jump around. Peacocks are calling. Old trees and big roots are overgrowing walls and stones. House size blocks lying around like lost toys of a giant child. Some have romantic caves with cozy falls. The biggest rock with a 2 m waterfall has a tunnel to the backside. If this tunnel is to small for you, than climb around the right side with the leg-size roots. When you reach to the high cliff of the right waterfall turn left inside to the southern waterfall (last photos). A square pond welcomes you. This beautiful corner looks like a fairytail. Best time to come here is at none, when the day light falls down in numereous beams. Roots of trees growing up the walls and crossing the top of the waterfall.
To find our cache, follow the additional hints. It´s easy to find at dry days. To protect this cache against curious creatures like monkeys, birds and muggles this cache has been well closed with stones and green.
Our cache box is a white pill box with notice book and trade items. No pen! Please bring your own.
One of my children is worried about Jimmy-Blue. He is a hungry beatle with blue wings, white body and yellow dots. Jimmy likes to travel to one of our next sandwich boxes. If somebody will find him? Take him around please.
Common needs: Walking stick, bush knife, food parcel, 2-3 l water, tool knife with scissor and saw, torch, all weather dress or umbrella, jersey, good shoes, long shirts and trousers - cause of thorny bushes, bur and sharp grass.
Cache problems? Please report to Shirodhs white monkey at 3-km-post, Dambatenne Road, Thotulagala, Haputale.