IMPORTANT TOURIST INFO
Edakkal caves are a group of two
Neolithic inscriptions found on
These caves are located 1200m
There are many legends associated with the Edakkal caves and the Ambukuthi Mala.
The name Ambukuthi
Another local legend associated with this place is of Kutti Chatan (the little devil of Malabar) with the goddess Mudiampilli, and until recently local people used to undertake an annual pilgrimage to the peak of the hill to perform a
On one side of the cleft is a rock weighing
These two caves are on two different levels.
The lower one measures about 18 feet long
The entry to this cave is through an
The route to the upper cave is through an
The upper cave is about 96 feet long, 22 feet wide and 18 feet high.
Light enters the cave through a big gap at the right-hand corner of the roof where the boulder does not touch the facing wall. The pictorial carvings are present on the walls of this cave.
These caves are considered to be one of the earliest
According to the various visiting archeologists, it was not just one culture but an array of cultures has been born here. It’s an incredible view to see a mystifying combination of
With at least three distinct sets of carvings,
the earliest thought to date back over
6000 years, it is assumed that the Edakkal
It is believed that Human habitation has
been here for at least 10 centuries before
Inside the cave you will find ancient stone
scripts, pictorial wall inscriptions of Human
and animal figures, wheels, bows, knives,
The caves were discovered in 1890 by Fred Fawcett, the then superintendent of police of the erstwhile Malabar state. Fred Fawcett during his hunting trip in this surrounding area happened to see a Neolithic Celt (stone
It was an exciting discovery, as these were the first specimens of abraded drawings found. He wrote an article about them, attracting the attention of archaeologists and historians across the world.
The recent researches and excavations made
In 2007, a major effort had been initiated by several archaeologists to have the UNESCO declare the site of the Edakkal Caves a World Heritage Centre.
In order to reach the caves, it requires
a trekking up the hill which takes about
45 minutes on a regular day and may
there are too many visitors.
Private vehicles are allowed only till parking area and after that visitors have to either climb up a relatively easier trek or can get on to one of the jeeps arranged by the tourism administration.
This leads to the base point of the
To visit the Edakkal caves visitors have
to pay a nominal fee by buying the
The path from the ticket counter to the
Apart from its historic importance,
Edakkal caves also offer the views of
There is a telescope installed near the caves which offers a panoramic view of the surrounding area.
If you think of Wayanad, then Eddakal caves must be
Edakkal Caves Timings:-
Caves are closed for tourists on Mondays and other national holidays such as Republic day- 26 Jan, May day-1 May, Independence day-15 Aug, Gandhi Jayanti- 2 Oct.
Edakkal Caves Entry fee:-
Adult- 10 Rs,
Child- 5 Rs,
Video camera- 100rs
Edakkal caves are a no plastic zone and if you are carrying
Edakkal Caves Distance:-
Kalpetta: 28 kms, Sul
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Currency:- Indian Rupee, Other currencies can be changed at various authorized centers.
Weather:- Summer (April to September): 22°C - 32° C
Winter (November to February): 12°C - 19° C
Best time to Visit:- Throughout the Year.
Distances:- Coachin- 300 km, Kozhikode- 85 km,
Bangalore- 270 km,Mysore-120km,
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