Best MonthsJune - February
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Rank1 out of 6 attractions in Sultan Bathery
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Reviews of Edakkal Caves • 13
Edakkal Caves : Discovered in 1896 by Superintendent of Police, Malabar, Edakkal caves are remnants of the grandeur and magnificence of our history and cultural heritage. Fascinating drawings adorn the walls of these caves and the area around these has large boulders crushing the large inflated human ego within a minute as they make people look miniscule in comparison to them.
3 edakkal caves, the second best things to do in wayanad, its a 340 steep climb but the view at the top is worth it. It drizilled while we trekked up so we got an awesum view.....
Day 1 : The overnight bus dropped us off (my sister, my son and me) at Kalpetta. This is where I realized how inadequate my grasp of Malayalam was. All the Dulquer and Nivin Pauly movies seemed to be lessons that were lost on me! With broken or should that be minced Malayalam, we found out that we had to take a local bus to Sulthan Bathery and then hop on to an autorickshaw to reach our hotel Vedanta Wake up located near Edakkal Caves. That is exactly what we did. For a budget hotel, the amenities were decent. The common room left a lot to be asked for. It was unkempt and looked more like a storeroom for the hotel staff. The room was well equipped with a soothing view of the surrounding hills. We also discovered that they had no restaurant and we were provided with a breakfast of bread and omelette from their kitchen after making a request. We then proceeded towards Edakkal caves. The walk up the steep hill was enjoyable and the view from atop the hill was completely rewarding! Personally, the inside of the cave was unimpressive. What drew my attention was the rocky boulder wedged between two steep rocky faces, allowing light to stream in through the gaps. This natural structure is what lends the name to this cave - Edakkal or stone in between. After our return, we had Kerala meals at a mess situated near our hotel. The food was extremely delicious and nominally priced. Since we were on the outskirts and had no dedicated transport, we decided to take a nap and visit the town in the evening. What shocked us the most was that by 5pm the whole area resembled a ghost town! All shops were shut, including the mess - our source for dinner! By 7:30pm, the hotel staff called for an auto which took us to Ambalavayal town, about 4 kms away. We had our dinner in a small restaurant, purchased fruits and returned to the hotel for the night.
EDAKKAL CAVES:Edakkal caves located in north Kerala is a walk down the memory lane. In the cave you will find inscriptions of animal figures and cave drawings of wheels, knives, bows and so on. They are natural rock formations formed by a huge split in large rock. You will find the early signs of human habitations in these caves. These caves in Ambukuthi Hills have inscriptions similar to those found in the caves in European Alps and Africa. In the land of the Gods, you might just find the ancient man.
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Wayanad is ideal for travelers with a passion for the outdoors. The landscape is majestic, composed of rugged, lofty ridges interspersed with dense forests, deep valleys, spectacular waterfalls and mountain streams. Numerous outback trails and trekking routes snake through the forests with many spots ideal for adventure sports. Visitors will also find delight in the dazzling profusion of flora and fauna endemic to the Western Ghats. Wayanad is home to many ancient, indigenous nomadic tribes who still practice their age-old customs and rituals. The forests also contain the fascinating Edakkal Caves, a Neolithic cave dwelling with Petroglyphs, the only known example in South India and a protected UNESCO Heritage Site.
This cave is more of a climbing. While climbing you will be amazed to see how well the cave is maintained. Once you reach the place you will see the carving on the stones of the cave. Its unique. One thing to see in edakkal caves is final stop point. Here, you can see the view between 2 big rocks. Narrow view of wayanad :) Entry fees is 20 per person and 30 for camera. Parking fee was 30rs.
Apart from the sanctuaries, the Edakkal caves is something unique, a visit is a semi adventure – you need to climb a steep hillock or take a jeep and further up you will see hand carved markings on the rock which dates back to 5000 years. After a combination of a trek and rock climbing, once you reach atop the Edakkal caves, you can literally see the states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu from Kerala. This is mostly meant for youngsters or say people young at heart.
In the morning, we left for Edakkal Caves. The view point on the top of the caves is a small 1 km climb, but worth it. The only thing that I regret leaving out was the Chembra peak trek, which we could not plan due to time constraints and distance issues. We left Wayanad in the evening to reach Calicut by 6. Without wasting a single second at the bus stop, we left for the beach to enjoy the last few minutes of sunset. It was a refreshing sight after having witnessed the Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean and the second highest mountain peak in the South. Thereafter, we spent the evening near the Arabian Sea. We relished stew and Malabar Parota at the 'Beach Hotel', and left for the railway station to catch the train back to Hyderabad.
8:30 am. How many times while going on journeys, you come across a fork in the road or a board with directions to a place of which you have little or no idea of, but somehow urges you to visit it?. Edakkal Caves - The natural caves at a remote location in the western ghats with prehistoric carvings on the walls. Remnants of stone age writings of Neolithic man dating at least 6000 BC, aptly indicating the presence of prehistoric settlement in the western ghats.
Pre Historic human habitat with stone carvings by different time logs
What kind of people were our ancestors? What kind of lives did they lead? Often, the paths leading to the answers to these questions are as fascinating as the answers themselves. If you would like to walk a little way along one such wonderful path of discovery, one good place to visit would be the Edakkal caves in the Ambukuthi Hills in North Kerala, considered to be one of the earliest centres of human habitation. Inside the cave you will find ancient stone scripts, pictorial wall inscriptions of human and animal figures with peculiar headdresses, the swastik form, symbols and cave drawings of human figures, wheels, bows, knives, trees and so on. Getting there: Nearest railway station: Kozhikode, about 97 km from Sultan Bathery Nearest airport: Calicut International Airport about 23 km from Kozhikode