Edakkal caves are two natural caves located 1000 metres high on ambulatory mala 25km from Marietta in the wayanad district of kerala in India’s western Ghats. They lie on an ancient trade route connecting the high mountains of mysore to the malabar coast ports. Nice place to visit with family who love walking and trekking. You need to walk to top of the hill to view the cave. This is very old place been protected by the government. Not recommended for aged people.

Inside the caves are pictorical writings believed to be from Neolithic man, evidence of the presence of a prehistoric civilisation existing in the region . Such stone age carvings are very rare and these are the only known examples in southern India. These are not technically caves, but rather a cleft, rift or rock shelter approximately 96 ft (29 m) by 22 ft (6.7 m), a 30-foot-deep (9.1 m)fissure caused by a piece of rock splitting away from the main body. On one side of the cleft is a rock weighing several tons that covers the cleft to form the ‘roof’ of the cave. The carvings are of human and animal figures, tools used by humans and of symbols yet to be deciphered, suggesting the presence of a prehistoric settlement.

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