Lipton Seat is somehow like Worlds End, Horton Plains. You should arrive as early as possible before clouds comes up to disturb your view. In one moment you can watch more than hundred kilometer and next moment few meters only. Blue sky with warm winds can change within minutes to heavy rainfalls with cold breezes. A good reason to keep all-weather dresses with you. Some wise people sad that this special climate makes this tea to become the best quality all over Sri Lanka.
Tour by taxi/van/3wheeler:
1. Haputale via Dambatenne tea factory to Lipton Seat (6-7 Euro/15 km).
2. Dambatenne tea factory to Lipton Seat (3-4 Euro/6 km). Arrange yourself some waiting time.
Haputale to Dambatenne tea factory (20 Rs./9.2 km). Start all 30 minutes behind Risara Bakery.
Dambatenne to Bandaraeliya road chapel (Waypoint DX). Start 7 AM only! "City Line" bus.
Bandaraeliya road chapel to Dambatenne (Waypoint DX). Start 4 PM only! "City Line" bus.
The Lipton Seat viewpoint is a car turn with white wall, a summer hut and a tea shop. Left hand little bit up is an old wooden plattform (70 m NE), beware, some steps and handles are old and damaged. About 240 m SW from the car turn is a second hut. Just follow the path from the car turn. We came here on a sunny warm day with best panorama views over tea estates, villages, mountains, nationalparks and the coastline. The tea shop runs by a retired field watcher and his wife. Visitors have to pay each 50 Rs. entrance fee. Our cache is out of this ticket area!
Views: Do you have one of this perfect days you can see all the eastcoast from Batticaloa (127 km/36°) to Arugam Bay (88 km/85°) and Yala, as well as the southcoast from Kataragama via Hambantota (73 km/171°) to Udawalawe National Park (70 km/SW). Nearby is the Dambatenne road to Haputale (6.3 km(W), the SLBT tower (1.9 km/NW), the tea picker villages Nayabedde (1.7 km/NNW) and Bandaraeliya (1.2 km/N). Some hundred meter below the white wall of Lipton Seat are the tea picker villages Moussakelle and Mahakande. Next villages to the southeast are Ponagala (3.4 km), Koslanda (4.2 km) and Diyaluma waterfall (5.7 km).
Top: Dambatenne tea factory and Lipton Seat. Middle: Upper valley and zigzag shortcut. Down: Watch out for the hill with this big tree.
Hikers should follow the road behind the tea factory to Lipton Seat. Road signs make it easy to find the correct way. Our waypoints marking some shortcuts which make this hike 1.5 km shorter than the road (6 km).
Pass the Dambatenne tea picker village, a holy tree with wrapped parcels, the Dambatenne Tamil Vidiyalaya No. 1 school, the divisional hospital and the Pathmini Amman temple. Thereafter starts a zigzag road.
Infront of the Pathmini Amman temple is a 1. shortcut with steps going up next 80 m to the road. Turn left to the next bend and get upstairs at the 2. shortcut. Back to the road walk 20 m to the right and take the 3. shortcut upstairs. It makes a right turn to the plateau of Bandaraeliya.
Walk next 450 m to a small yellow building on the right. It looks more like a cozy garden house but it´s a temple. The nearby Christian Chapel on this junction is a busstand (waypoint DX). The left road goes to the nearby tea picker village Bandaraeliya. Follow the right road to the Lipton Seat entrance gate. There is a little stream, temple and reporting place for tea pickers. Every afternoon they come here togehter to weight the tea leaves they have collected. A sandy road goes up to Lipton Seat. Follow this road next 225 m. The road makes a right turn but there are steps in the left corner. Follow this 4. shortcut next 330 m to the afternext bend. Thereafter walk alongside the road and left side up to Lipton Seat.
Bandaraeliya road chapel (waypoint DX). Lipton Seat entrance gate and shortcut. Middle: Lipton Seat car turn and hut.
You can find our cache on two routes. Either you follow our waypoints (D5-D8) or via the school ground (D9). Ticket fees must be paid only around the Lipton Seat viewpoint. Our cache is around 200 away from there. We have changed the location of our cache since the old box got lost after a slide. The new cache is easier, safer and a better viewpoint. More information in the additional hints.
Jimmy-Blue: 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 Eaglerocks caches. If somebody will find him?
Common needs: Walking stick, bush knife, food parcel, 2-3 l water, tool knife, torch, all weather dress or umbrella, jersey, good shoes, long shirts and trousers.
Cache problems? Please report to Shirodh's White Monkey at 3-km-post, Dambatenne Road, Thotulagala, Haputale.