Edakkal caves are two natural caves (cleft between rocks) on a mountain called Ambukuthy Mala near Ambalavayal Town in Wayanad. It is believed to be an amazing 7000 years old wonder. The cleft is naturally formed out of disposition of three huge boulders with 96 Feet length and 22 Feet width possess a depth of 30 Feet. It has been attracting the attention of historians and archeologists owing to the pre-historic engraving in the Cave from the Neolithic man, indicating a prehistoric civilization or settlement in the region. Explored by Fred Fawcet a police official of erstwhile Malabar state, in 1894, who identified the engravings and pictures as one of the richest and authentic pictographic gallery of its kind, is surely a feast for historians and other researchers. These Stone-Age carvings of human and animal figures, tools used by humans and symbols (yet to be deciphered) are rare and are only known examples from South India. The oldest Petroglyphs inside the cave may date back to over 7000 years. The other drawings range over period from 5000 BC to 1000 BC. The youngest group of drawings was in the news for a possible connection to Indus Valley Civilization. It is one of the most visited tourist places in Wayanad for its Historical importance and for trekking possibilities.
Entry Fee at Edakkal Caves:
Adults : Rs 20
Students/Children : Rs 10 or 20% concession for the students
Still Camera : Rs 30
Timings of Edakkal Caves:
Cave is open throughout the week from 0900 h to 1600 h, except Mondays.
Entry is generally closed by 1500 h.
Best time to visit September to May
Closed all the Monday and national holidays.
Places to Visit near Edakkal Caves:
Wayanad heritage museum, RARS, Jain Temple and Muthanga Wild Life sanctuary are the tourist attractions near Edakkal Caves.
Calicut to Edakkal caves Route: Calicut-Thamarassery-Vythiri-Kalpetta-Meenagadi-Kolgapara Junction (Take right deviation towards Ambalavayal Road) -Ayiramkolli (Take Left) –Edakkal Caves . Calicut to Edakkal cave distance is 100 km, covered in 2 h 45 min.
Bangalore to Edakkal caves Route: Bangalore-Mysore- Sulthan Bathery- Kolgapara Junction (Take left deviation towards Ambalavayal Road) -Ayiramkolli (Take Left) –Edakkal Caves . Bangalore to Edakkal cave distance is 283 km, covered in 5 h 40 min.
Mysore to Edakkal caves: Mysore- Sulthan Bathery- Kolgapara Junction (Take left deviation towards Ambalavayal Road) -Ayiramkolli (Take Left) –Edakkal Caves .. Mysore to Edakkal cave distance is 127 km, covered in 2 h 45 min.
Ooty to Edakkal caves Route: Ooty-Gudallur- Vaduvanchal(on Calicut road)-Meppadi-Ambalavayal – Edakkal caves. Ooty to Edakkal distance is 104 km, covered in 2 h 55 min.
Nearest Railway Station to Edakkal caves is Kozhikode Railway Station (CLT), known as Calicut (CLT). Calicut Railway Station to Edakkal cave distance is 100 km, covered in 2 h 45 min.
Mysore Railway Station to Edakkal cave is 127 km, covered in 2 h 45 min.
Nearest airport to Edakkal caves is the Kozhikode (Calicut), known as Karipur International Airport (CCJ) at 106 km covered in 3 h 10 min.
Bangalore Airport to Edakkal distance is 320 km, covered in 6 h 30 min. It is presently known as Bengaluru Kempegowda International Airport (BLR).
Best time to visit Gavi is any time of the year, except Monsoon (June to September).
During monsoon there could be road blocks caused by landslides or fallen trees.
From Kalpetta Town- Kalpetta-Meenagadi-Kolgapara Junction (Take right deviation towards Ambalavayal Road) -Ayiramkolli (Take Left) –Edakkal Caves .
From Sulthan Bathery : Bathery – Kolgapara Junction (Take left deviation towards Ambalavayl Road)-Ayiramkolli (Take Left) – Edakkal Caves .
From Manthavadi : Manthavadi-Panamram- Meenagadi-Kolgapara Junction (Take right deviation towards Ambalavayl Road) Ayiramkolli (Take Left) – Edakkal Caves.
|From Place||Distance (in Km)|
|Sulthan Bathery||12 km|
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