Edakkal Caves Wayanad - The rock engravings dating back to the Neolithic period
. Edakkal Caves are two natural caves at a remote location at Edakkal, 25 km (15.5 mi) from Kalpetta in the Wayanad district of Kerala in India's Western Ghats.
The Edakkal Caves Wayanad is a must visit destination in Kerala with rock engravings dating back to the Neolithic period.
The Edakkal Caves are popular for its pre-historic rock engravings. Edakkal translates to ‘a stone in between’. This epic cave was formed by a heavy boulder straddling a fissure in the rock. These caves were discovered in 1895 by Fred Fawcett, Superintendent of Police of Malabar District during his hunting trip. The local people used to have a pilgrimage trip to this place to honour the Goddess.
It is located at a height of 1000 metres, on the Ambukuthi Hill. The pictorial writings on these rocks date back to at least 6,000 BCE, belonging to Neolithic Age. From weird shaped figures and spirals to animal and human figures, you’ll find them all engraved on the rock surface. According to studies, some of these carvings also belong to the Indus Valley Civilization.
Take a break and savour the lush greenery before descending the hill.