The Caves are natural’s architecture. The Edakkal caves are the thrilling attraction in Wayanad, Kerala district. The caves located around 25 km from Kalpetta. They are 1200 meters above the sea level on Ambukutty Mala. “Edakkal” means “a stone in between”. You can see a cave formed by a massive rock spanning a cleft in the rock. Edakkal caves are still being the mystery to many historians and archeologists. Your trip to Wayanad will not be fulfilled without visiting Edakkal caves. The caves surround with a rich historical charm. Trekking will be really tough on the Ambukutty hills to reach the Edakkal caves. The hill goes steeper as you step higher. You can refresh with the eatables available on both the sides of trekking.
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History of Edakkal Caves
The tourist may see that the stones were written with sharp manmade tools. It shows the caves belong to the Stone Age. Images of animals, symbols, humans were etched in the cave stones. Many researchers and students visit Edakkal caves to analyze about the Stone Age and etched images here. For the purpose of viewing the surrounding valley, a telescope is kept near the caves.
It has been researched and reported that Edakkal cave has a close link with Indus Valley Civilization. Recently 400 signs were discovered which showed its close relationship with the ancient civilization. “A man with a Jar Cup” is a prominent sign to confirm the relationship.
Discovery of Edakkal Caves
Fred Fawcett discovered the caves. Then the Superintendent of Police, Malabar district who came here for a hunting trip to Wayanad in 1890 discovered the Edakkal caves. He discovered the caves situated on the western side of Edakkalmala. He also identified the place as the Neolithic people habitat.
Mythology and beliefs
Behind the Edakkal Caves, many legends were there in their formation. One of the mythological stories says that Lava and Kusha, the sons of Lord Sri Rama thrown Arrows to form the caves. Another story was associated with the Goddess Mudiampilly and Kutti Chathan, one more story describes Lord Rama killed the demoness Surpanakha in the southern parts of the caves. To honor the Goddess, the local people use to go on a pilgrimage to this place.
The trekking to caves
The trekking from Edakkal to these caves extends over 1 km. Sulthan Bathery is the place from where the tourists can easily reach Edakkal caves. 16 km is the approximate distance from Sulthan Bathery to Edakkal caves. Most of the coffee plantations occupied the trekking route and approximately 45 minutes will be required to climb the hills. The tourist should buy entry tickets from the remote ticket office situated on the hilltop.
Best time to visit Edakkal Caves
The best visiting time to Edakkal caves is between 9.30 am to 4.30 pm. After reaching the lower part of the Ambukutty hills by car or bus, the tourists can start to climb the hills. Though throughout the year the travelers visit this place, the best time to visit the site is between December and May. The entry fee for Indians is Rs. 20 whereas for foreigners Rs.40.
How can you access the caves?
The Edakkal cave is approximately 45 km from Mananthavady, 28 km from Kalpetta, 6 km from Ambalvayal and 13 km from Sultan Bathery.
Enjoying all the places in Edakkal caves may not be possible within a single day. So, you may book a resort in the region to enjoy the beauty and thrill of the place. There are many lodging facilities at Edakkal Hermitage. It contains tidy cottages, an amphitheater along with a restaurant. Besides many private rooms along with a lounge and rooftop terrace facilities are available in the closest proximity of Edakkal caves.
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