The cave of Surungamuni is the last stop of our third day tour where we have hidden 4 caches. First was at Lipton Seat, second in Nayabedde Cave and third in a cliff wall near Samimale Rock temple. Best place to identify the location of Surungamuni is from Haputale railway station. It's 1.4 km/60° (NE) about 320 m above Haputale town. On sunny days you can can see a small white place there.
Surungamuni viewpoint from Haputale railroads.
Shortest way to get to Surungamuni is alongside the Dambatenne road behind the New Busstand Haputale. Just pass the yellow mosque and the Tamil Central College. Thereafter climb left side up in the tea estate to the cliff wall. Some people say it looks like a part of the Grand Canyon. Walk around to the right side of this wall, climb up to the top plateau and turn left. Follow a colonial path next 500 m and turn left. After 55 m comes a small pond mostly use by wild animals but also by prayers. 60 m on turn right. After 40 m comes the holy area with rocks and trees. That´s Surungamuni temple with the viewpoint to the left and right hand a path to the cave. Remove your shoes and enjoy the excellent birds-eye-view down to Haputale town and forest. You can ring the bell as many times as you have been there. On the right side of the temple is a lemon tree with fresh fruits. Nearby is the cave with old scratchings since from colonial time. At holy days Hindus come here and throw sacrificial offerings inside the cave. So don´t wonder if you find some chicken heads, fruits, flowers or vegetables there. And please, do not disturb the bats.
Another good way to come here is from Thotulagala bio tea factory (Dambatenne road km 3.7). Follow the estate road behind the church to the cemetary. Pass the cut through the hill, turn left and climb up the steps in the next right turn (340 m after the church). Later, when the steps go on zigzag you will be much faster to climb up straight over the rocks. When you reach the plateau move clockwise around to the northwest. If you do well, you should find the path coming up the canyon wall from Haputale. The beginning of this path has some big rocks to sit on, relax and enjoy the excellent round view. Follow this path next 500 m and turn left, after 115 m turn right and find Surungamuni temple in the last corner (NW).
Off-roaders should take the same road from Thotulagala tea factory. Always follow the left road. Cars have to stop 2.75 km after the church (1 km/329°). Surungamuni is 490 m in bee-line (247°). Opposite the car park is a path going up counter clockwise. Mountain bikers can drive directly to the temple.
Cause we did not have climbing equipment we decided to place our cache on top of the cave. A path starts near the temple. Be carefully, the cave entrance is just 3 meters behind and 6-10 meter deep. Between the rocks are lot of thorny bushes and hollows overgrown by green and closed by soil and leaves only. But do you step on it, it can break and you will fall down 2-10 meters. There are no any steps to come out from the cave! The shortest way to get out here is to the tea field just 17 m SE. BUT be very carefully cause there are some dangereos holes on this way. Always check every step by walking stick but better to climb over blank rocks only.
Top: Surungamuni Temple, Lingam, Bell and Haputale town view. Middle: Cave and entrance. Right: Find this cache hole. Down: Cave top and cache.
Our cache is a green sandwich box. It contains a notebook, a pencil, a welcome message, a yellow guitar-whistle toy, a green hair band, a black nule clip and our special beatle Jimmy-Blue. The green label has English and Tamil warnings for muggles.
One of my children is worried about Jimmy-Blue. He is a hungry beatle with blue wings, white body and yellow dots. Jimmy is waiting here since a long time. He likes to travel to one of our next sandwich boxes. Please take him around.
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 gras.
Ourself we came by a 1 1/2 hour walk from Samimale to Surungamuni. This fourth cache was our last of our third day tour. We went back to the pond and took the old path to the right. After 500 m we turned left inside the tea and climbed down to Thotulagala. Means we thought to do so. Our warm and sunny day changed within this late afternoon to heavy rain falls, fog and darkness. We could see few meters only. We reached the Dambatenne road near Kellibeddie viewpoint and found a safe and dry place at the White Monkey.
Kellibeddie is another good viewpoint to rest cause you have there a 360° round view. Only problem, lovers and tourists stop there sometimes and keep their gabbage in the nature. Do you have time, than get down to Eaglerock. No vehicles come there cause of very bad estate roads. Our first ever cache is there too.
Cache problems? Please report to White Monkey Shirodh at 3-km-post, Dambatenne Road, Thotulagala, Haputale.