I have hidden three caches on this 6-8 hours tour. First nearby here, second some hundred meters down under at 80 Acres viewpoint and last cache in a jungle tree near Nikapotha Estate. Altitudes are from 1500-750 m. Walking downwards is easier cause you can overview the tour area, roads and shortcuts. Watch down from Kellibeddie viewpoint to the large green valley (SSW). The small village on the eastside is 80 Acres. The villages to the right are Mothuana and Golcanda. The end of this tour is near Nikapotha Estate at the A4 Colombo-Wellawaya highway (near 194-km-post). 1.5 km westwards is Nikapotha village and bus stand. Busses return from there to Haputale for 28 Rs. only (06.2010), 3-wheeler 700 Rs (17 km).
Off-roaders: There is no any road between this three caches but first two are closely. You need to walk some hundred meters. Off-road vehicles and mountain bikers should follow the Kelburne estate road eastwards. To find it just follow the Haputale-Dambatenne road 2 km and turn right side down to Kelburne.
All the tea bushes from Kelliebeddie to the west bend belongs to Kelburne (Haputale estate). The orange temple and large tea picker homes are Kelburne lower devision. The mountains to the east are Eagle Rock and Lipton Seat. Down under is Koslanda. The mountain peak to the north is Surungamuni (Haputale viewpoint and cave). Westwards are the mountain crests from Haputale via Idalgashinna to Ohiya and Horton Plains. The large buildings in Haputale are Olympus, a private house called t'enzal and the buddhist temple Dhammananda.
When you climb around here watch out for honey bees. This bees are peaceful as long you don´t disturb them. Few days ago I saw a swarm of bees coming up from the jungle and passing me in few meters distance only. What a fearful sound! They built an overnight home in a tree nearby my cottage and left next day. Wish you good luck to see one of deers, wild pigs, porkupines, monkeys, peacocks or rabbits. Or be here when thousands upon thousands of butterflies fly up from the jungle to the mountains. Something else impressed me on this beautiful day. When I stood on one of this giant rocks, suddenly there was a big shadow under me - from a gliding Ceylon Eagle just 6-7 meters over my head. What an amazing moment! Possible he was curious to find one of my caches ;-)
Top: Kelliebeddie Viewpoint. Down: Cart treck from Kelburne to Kelliebeddie.
I have started this tour from Kellibeddie viewpoint down to Nikapotha Estate. Some meters down under the Dambatenne Road, between the tea bushes, is a path with steps. Follow it and turn left. Next 300 m to the south are several giant rocks, some even with forest on the top. You have to find one of them. A young tree is growing behind this rock. There is a stone-rope catapult hanging in a branch. Locals use this primitive tool to break down fire wood. One side of this rock has a tunnel. Climbing around here is little bit hard and could be dangereous (rolling stones) so be carefully. Further on follow the hint.
Left: Start from Kelliebeddie. Middle/Right: Find this rock.
Our cache#12 is a white film box with welcome message, a key, a murmel and a coin. Bring your own pen please. Send us a photo from the cache and the place where you found it. Make sure that wood cutters don´t watch your activities from above.
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. His first home is somewhere close to Surungamuni kovil cave above Haputale town. If somebody will help him to travel around? But this box is to small for him.
Common needs: Walking stick, bush knife, food parcel, 2-3 l water, tool knife with scissor and saw, torch, jersey, good shoes, long shirts and trousers - cause of thorny bushes, bur and sharp gras. Weather and climate will be very different on this tour. From cold to hot, from sunny to windy, misty and rainy. So better to keep all weather dresses or umbrella with you.
Cache problems? Please report to me or Shirodhs White Monkey at 3-km-post, Dambatenne Road, Thotulagala, Haputale.