Edakkal Caves, Kalpetta

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Neolithic humans probably lived inside Edakkal Caves, which boasts ancient works of art. Although called caves, this geological formation actually represents a 9.1 m (30 ft) deep cleft or rift. Inside you will find pictorial writings, along with carvings of humans and animals dating back to around 6000 BCE. It may take a lot of walking to explore the entire area, so wear comfortable shoes and carry enough water. Using our international travel planner, Kalpetta attractions like Edakkal Caves can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Edakkal caves in western ghats wayanad dates back to more than 5000 year old human culture of people inhabited in the region with trade and communication with sind mohanjedaro harappa civilization. Ma...  more »
  • I visited Edekkal caves about five years ago with my friends. And it remains same today, slightly worse. I am still trying to understand what is so special about this place. It is difficult to climb, ...  more »
  • The caves are actually cleft which have been carved out naturally from rocks . It is about 30kms from Kalpetta and is a major tourist attraction. The climb up the caves is difficult and is best avoida...  more »
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  • An interesting place to visit in Kerala. Well maintained, natural beauty. The cleanliness is worth following. About a mile of walking from the car parking along a terrain route to reach the cave. Not suggested for elderly people who have heart trouble. However, the natural beauty of the place is awesome. The artwork of ancient tribal era inside the cave is an additional achievement. A place worth visit.
  • It's a long walk from the car parking lot to the ticket counter. Gradual slope leads you to the ticket counter and then the steep climb to the caves. The lower cave is small and it is the upper cave which is important. It is actually not a cave but a rock which has rolled down on an opening giving the cave like formation. 6000 year old pictorial writings are on the cave wall which is believed to be the second oldest in the world after the one in France. A must visit.
  • Well managed ancient site. Bit of a walk till the gates. After that path leads to steps that have railings where it is steep. Approach and return paths are separate for crowd control. Security controls visitor entry based on crowd presence. Decent parking area.
  • Good place to visit if you're adventurous. About one km steep hill road walking, but road is good. Plus 350 odd steps to climb. Steps are good with steel railings on both side. Carry water to drink while climbing. Monkey menace on road. If you don't have stamina, don't attempt. No medical emergency rescue available.
  • Be warned this place is not recommended for family with small kids and the elderly. It takes a lot of strength and stamina to go up and down this place. Depending on where you have parked your car you may need to walk around a kilometer to the ticket counter. From there it is a steep walk for another maybe 1-2 kilometers to the base of the cave from where the actual climbing would start. The climb is very steep involving steps, boulders and rocks. And on long weekends this place is crowded like hell. The last leg of the climb involves climbing up a steel stair case. There are small vendors selling water and food all along. I personally did not find the climb worth the time and effort spent. As someone mentioned in their reviews there is "just some ancient scribble" at the top which you can hardly figure out due to ageing. Be careful the place is very slippery at the top and i have seen many people slip. In my opinion this place is highly overrated. Its a good spot to trek if you are young and have hot blood but definitely not worth it otherwise. Check for public holidays before going.

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With many visitors choosing to stay in town as they explore the surrounding region, Kalpetta offers a good range of accommodations keeping up with the demands of modern travelers. The central area contains many hotels, with simple and budget-friendly options alongside a few of the more refined picks. The residential districts provide access to rental apartments and guesthouses, ideal for budget-conscious travelers who want to experience local life without the filter imposed by a chain hotel.
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