A 4000 ft. trek up the mountain leads us to one of nature’s very own masterpieces, the Edakkal Caves. Archaeologists and historians alike have been enthralled and confused by what they have seen here for a long time. Situated around 16 km from Sulthan Bathery, one has to trek up Ambukuthi Hills to reach these caves. It is a 45-minute climb with a beautiful view and fresh breeze the entire way.
The name literally translates to ‘a stone in-between’. You understand this when you visit, as it appears that one great boulder, wedged between two bigger stones, formed a cave. Scientists also believe this is not a ‘cave’ in the conventional sense of the word. It is a fissure in the rocks that occurred due to natural calamities and climate change. The split in the rock is 22 ft. in width and 96 ft. in length. The depth of the cleft is over 30 ft. and there is a large rock forming a roof over it. This is what gives it the appearance of a cave.
There are many myths regarding the gigantic fissure. It is said that Lord Rama (an avatar of the Hindu God, Vishnu) himself shot an arrow at the mountain that left a deep cleft there. The hills themselves are named keeping in the mind the legend associated with the place (Ambu means arrow and kuthi means pierce in Malayalam). Locals consider the caves sacred and many idols can be seen around the place.
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The Edakkal Caves are famous for their paintings of figures: human, animals, symbols and letters. These paintings are believed to date back to the 6000 BC. The etchings and prehistoric line drawings are a testament to the culture and lives of those who lived in the caves years ago
1. Pictorial Paintings
2. Stone Age Carvings
3. Stunning Petroglyphs
4. A Great Trekking Spot
The caves were discovered by Fred Fawcett, the then Superintendent of Police of the Malabar district in 1890, during his hunting trip to Wayanad. He discovered the Edakkal rock-shelter, situated on the western side of Edakkalmala.
Its a trying walk up the hill to view the caves. Old people or those who are afraid of heights should not visit. One has to climb for about 1 km and than take another 400 odd steps to reach the cave. and at many places the steps are at 90 degree.
Sure, you can. be careful while climbing.
The nearest railway station to Edakkal is at Kozhikode/Calicut which is located at an approximate distance of 87 kms. The nearest airport to Edakkal is also at Calicut and it takes nearly 3 hours to reach Edakkal, if you follow the Calicut-Wayanad road.
It is a bit of a hike so try to go when it is not too hot and also try to go early in the morning because as the sun comes up you will find it more difficult to climb.
Yes of course. 🙂
Yes of course. it's good to visit.
Yes. but its recommended to avoid this place if you cant walk and climb.
Updated on 01/01/2020