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Edakkal Caves

Panchami Bekal
About Edekkal Caves: Timings: 8:30 AM- 4 PMEntry fee: Indians INR 20, Foreigners: INR 40Edakkal means a stone in between. The place is not actually a cave, but a boulder wedged between two others. Edakkal is the only place with stone age carving in South India that back to as old as 7000 years. The carvings belonging to Neolithic and Mesolithic Age include ancient stone scripts, ancient weaponry figures, symbols, figures of various animals and human beings etc.We had to trek 4000 Feet up a mountain to reach the Caves. We were not aware that the caves were on the top of the mountain. The trek never seemed to end. It was one hell of a trek to reach the mountain caves and then get back. Although we saw the neolithic carvings and the view from the top of the mountain were beautiful, I personally felt that the trek was not worth it. Instead, we could have visited the waterfalls or an island that was situated nearby.
Sandhya Dev
Reached the town & went straight to Edakkal Caves ~7:00am. It offers a rock cave trek; Entry Fee: 20/-, Caution Deposit: 20/- for your plastic bottles (Just so you don't dump it there..). The best time to visit in a day is early morning as there are less people, sun rays aren't too harsh & to top it all, Its Beautiful..
Hiking up to Edakkal Caves: Situated around 16 kms from Sultan Bathery, the Edakkal Caves are replete with pictorial etchings on the walls of the caves and date back to 6,000BC. To reach the caves, you have to trek up the Ambukuthi Hills for 45 mins-60 mins. The route, though steep, provides amazing views of the forests and coffee plantations. There are guides available inside the caves too.
Nabanita Roy
The caves.. yeah! Stony and slippery.. A small adventurous uphill walk(or rather climb) which will make you almost believe that you cant make it to the top of the cave! The incessant rainfall was discouraging, also a bit foggy which was obfuscating our view. Nevertheless, we marched to the caves highest point. Moving up was tedious while moving down was also enjoyable in a way that we thought we could just roll down the cliff, over the edge and down, down, down.. Shouldn't be a miss!