Just imagine how people used to live in the ancient times. This is the very
place which is considered to be one of the earliest habitations of the
humans. But that's not the only reason why you should visit the place. The
Edakkal caves are the richest pictographic gallery of its kind. The Edakkal
caves are only 12 km away from the Sultan Bathery and are located in the
Ambukuthi hills in the Wayanad district of Kerala. There are formations of
two natural rocks which were formed by splitting of an enormous rock.
These prehistoric stones are captivating, to say the least, as they
continue to draw serious attention of the historians and archaeologists from
all over the world.
According to the archaeologists, the place was home to some of the earliest
human habitation so you can very well understand the historical significance
of the place. It is believed that the place was home to the neolithic man.
There are other legends associated with the place as well which say that
the arrows fired by Lava and Kusha, the two sons of Sri Ram, were the cause
of the formation of the cave.
The Pictures Within
Once you enter the place, you are likely to be overwhelmed by the cave
drawings, ancient scripts on stone, pictorial figures of humans and animals
as well as profusion of the symbols within. These pictures are very rare and
point towards the existence of the stone age man.
The place is associated with Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan and specially the
Jain temple where you'll see some great carvings on stone.
It is a small waterfall of Wayanad. The place is specially favoured by the
tourists for bird watching.
The excavations at the base of the Ambukuthi hills have uncovered ancient
burial vaults called Muniyaras. The stone age tools and pottery have also
been found here.
How to Reach?
Despite the availability of all the transport facilities, you'll still have
to trek for about 1 km to reach to Edakkal Caves.
The Karipur International Airport at Kozhikode is the nearest airport from
here which is about .
Kozhikode is also the nearest railway station which is 97 km away from the