Location of the Edakkal caves
The Edakkal Caves are located on the western parts of the Ambukuthimala. These hills are located at about 12 kilometers south west of Sultan Bathery and about 6 kilometers from Ambalavayal, both towns in the Wayanad district of the state of Kerala in India. There are more than 400 carvings in the Edakkal caves area of animals, men and women, mostly of the ancient stone age people in India.
The Edakkal caves means " cave in between the stones" in the local Malayalam language, is at an altitude of 1200 meters above sea level and the peak of the Ambukuthimala is about 500 meters above the caves. The peak gives you a panoramic view of the surrounding area of the beautiful and densely forested Wayanad district. This cave is a crevice about 96 feet long and 22 feet wide and a fissure seems to have been formed by the splitting of the rocks. The depth of the fissure is about 30 feet deep and looks like a cave to the beholder.
Wall carvings at the Edakkal Caves
There are carvings at the rock shelter at Edakkal, which have been made by the ancient stone age people. These carvings show their nxiety and the disquiet they felt when the iron age technology came about. For many tourists and travellers this is an opportunity to see for themselves something very rare and special like the carvings here in these caves. The walls on both sides of the caves are embroidered to a height of about 4 meters with deeply carved motifs and signs that look dramatic in the cool and damp interiors.
You can see crosses, triangles and tridents some squares with crosses inside, a rectangle divided into 9 square shapped chambers various animals like foxes, dogs, and elephants. There are human figures as well in which many have raised hair. There is a person with his left hand unnaturally long upto his feet and holding a angular object in his right hand . Another man has a square shaped head and a spiral belly etc. There are some carvings of women too.
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How to Reach Edakkal Caves?
Calicut / Kozhikode is the nearest international airport which is 66 kilometers away from Edakkal. You can get train to kalpetta which is the nearest railway station to Edakkal caves and is located at about 25 kilometers away.
If you are travelling by Road you can get KSRTC buses connect with all the nearby towns in Kerala and Karnataka. There are supr deluxe buses connecting Bangalore and Mysore with Wayanad district and kalpetta.
Visiting times at the Edakkal caves
The visiting hours are in the morning only as you have to trek for a kilometer to see the carvings.
Timings 09:00 A.M. to 04:30 P.M.
Ideal Dress will be Bermudas, Jeans etc.
Entrance Fee - Rs 10 per head
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Edakkal Caves in Wayanad reviews
|Review By: kelvin|
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Edakkal Caves in Wayanad is really amazing caves. The old aged caved are best attraction. Such caves are the symbol of the culture and arts. The caves and its arts are simply eye catching.
|Review By: Safvan P|
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Good: historic values of the spot,climate
Historic Edakkal caves are one of the best known tourist spot in the northern Kerala. Neolathical age remnants, especially on the walls of edakkal caves will last in your memories form ever.
I had a wonderful day at the edakkal caves of wayanad district recently. Apart from the fun I had with my friends while to get at the top of edakkal's, the trip was a knowledge capsule. Name itself points to the specialty of the spot.(it's a malayalam word!) Any way I will teach you some malayalam to get ...
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