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Edakkal Cave

Edakkal Cave Overview
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.

Legends Associated
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.
Nearby Attractions
Sulthan Bathery
The place is associated with Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan and specially the Jain temple where you'll see some great carvings on stone.

Chethalayam Falls
It is a small waterfall of Wayanad. The place is specially favoured by the tourists for bird watching.

Muniyaras
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.

By Air
The Karipur International Airport at Kozhikode is the nearest airport from here which is about .

By Rail
Kozhikode is also the nearest railway station which is 97 km away from the Sultan Bathery.


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