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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. Use our Kalpetta tour planner to add Edakkal Caves and other attractions to your Kalpetta vacation plans.
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  • Very steep and long trekking. But it is beautiful and different experience. Irrespective of the age, it needs great effort to trek. It is totally different experience. Good scenic and skyline view. It...  more »
  • I keep hoping to find an Indian attraction won't let me down, but still waiting! Sorry to be a cynic - but there are so many incredible views and geological wonders in India that are FREE! This one is...  more »
  • There are 2 caves, which are set upon each other and it is the upper cave which has the rock carvings / engraving. Totally worth the physical effort of walking from ticket counter to the entrance and ...  more »
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  • Its' really not caves... but worth seeing the place. You can find the scripts which is approx 6000 BC old!... Awesome!... The crowd will be huge if you visit on long weekend. If you are travelling from Bangalore, try to plan like to reach the caves by 9.00 AM which will be pretty good timing. The place is well maintained. No one to explain the things and for me only Wikipedia helped.
  • Visited this place with Family today. You need to do a bit of trucking. Elderly people may feel difficult to reach the top. Great view from the top point. Lot of stories about tribes is associated with the place. So get to good guide to know them. We paid around 250 rupees which is worth. You can enjoy the trucking when you come with your friends. Overall it's a good experience.
  • The Wayanad DTPC can improve the experience of Edakkal Caves. 1. The Guide on duty (inside the cave) who was appointed by DTPC is not much helpful. I think he is trying to make some quick money in the form of tips. When I visited caves 10 years back, there were two guides and they used to explain the details of the cave to the visitors at free of cost without hinting for tips. 2. Make the booklet on Edakkal caves available at the counters. 3.The weekends are crowded. Should control the inflow of visitors based on numbers. A stampede or fall may happen on the narrow stairs if the number of visitors are not restricted. The trail to Edakkal caves is approximately 1 km steep climb, well laid, concreted one. Wayanad DTPC manages the trail and facilities very well. Parking slots at the entrance to trail are available and it is owned by private land owners. Entry fee of Rs.20/adult, Rs.10/child and Rs.30/camera.
  • A place of archeological importance. We'll wonder how people managed to live here in ancient times. Many steep steps to climb. Mobile cameras not allowed inside the caves, but one can carry a dslr with a camera pass. Doesn't make sense..
  • Put it in your must visit place if you are visiting Wayanad or nearby. Amazing views of the caves and equally beautiful vallyes from up top. But you need to have stamina and be physically fit to climb all the way to the caves. Not recommended for heart patients