We have hidden three caches on this 6-8 hours tour. First down under Kellibeddie viewpoint (Kelburn East), second down under the last tea bushes at 80 Acres viewpoint and last cache in the jungle above Nikopotha Estate. Altitudes are from 1500-750 m. Watch down from Kellibeddie viewpoint to the large green valley (SSW). The small village on the eastside is 80 Acres. Left hand from 80 Acres is the jungle with my third cache. Nikapotha Estate is that big round ground in this former virgin forest (S). Unfurtunately, in 2010, they have removed a big part of this forest to build a tea estate. The end of this 3-cache-tour is about 1 km east from Nikopotha Estate at the A4 Colombo-Wellawaya highway near 194-km-post. 1.5 km west is Nikopotha village and bus stand. Busses return from there to Haputale for 28 Rs. only (06.2010), 3-wheeler 700 Rs (17 km).
80 Acres, what a strange name. A village name should be something more than just a land measure. I asked a young mother from that village but she did not know 80 Acres. She sad it belongs to Kelburn lower devision. Possible, 80 Acres is an old name known to elder estate workers only. I found a good viewpoint on the boundary between tea plantation and bushy forest. There, where the last tea bushes grow is a good place to relax on a big rock and enjoy the view.
Off-roaders should take the Dambatenne Road from Haputale to Lipton Seat. After 2 km post turn right to the Mountain View viewpoint. Pass some colonial bungalows and follow the left cart treck downwards to the end. There will be a car turn (1254 m). The second cache is closeby but for the last cache you have to climb deeper down (894 m). Hikers can come by the same way.
Another way for hikers, as I did, comes down from Kellibeddie viewpoint, about 2.6 km from Haputale. Down under the Dambatenne Road road, inside the tea bushes, is a path with steps turning down to the left (S). Pass an area with giant rocks where I have hided my first tour cache. Get down to the cart treck and walk downwards to the end with the car turn. Watch out for nestling birds. They do it on the blank ground without nest. They fly up in the last moment when you come closeby. So be carefully and don´t step on a clutch.
Nearby the car turn is my 80 Acres viewpoint.
Our cache #13 is a white film box (at the old location) and a big pill container with logbook at the new location 5 m down under. Send us a photo from the cache and the place where you found it. Wish you good luck to find my next cache down under in the Nikapotha jungle.
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?
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 Shirodhs White Monkey at 3-km-post, Dambatenne Road, Thotulagala, Haputale.