At a distance of 28 km from Kalpetta, 6 Kms from Ambalavayal & 14 km from Sulthan Bathery, Edakkal caves are located on top of a hillock at an altitude of over 4000 feet on Ambukutty Mala. Edakkal caves are one of the prime attractions in Wayanad district.
The caves were rediscovered in 1890 by an archaeologist. The caves have several line drawings belonging to the Neolithic Age dating back to 6000 BC, the earliest drawings being 8000 years old.
The caves can be reached by about 1.5 km uphill trek from the parking area at the bottom. Most of the trekking path is cemented and lined up with several shops selling spices, drinks and local made handicrafts. The trekking usually takes about 30 minutes one way.
The caves have two levels accessible though narrow iron steps. The lower chamber is around 18 feet long and 10 feet high. A small path from here leads to the upper chamber which is around 95 feet long and 18 feet high. These caves are natural rock formations which were formed by a large split in a huge rock. The stone walls in the upper chamber have pictures of human beings, wheels and different instruments used in Stone Age. According to archaeologists, this place is one of the earliest centers of human habitation.
There are few rock carvings from Bible near the entrance of the trek path which are beautiful. The route to Edakkal from Ambalavayal is quite scenic. The views of Wayanad hills and surrounding peaks from the entrance of main cave are breathtaking.
Jeeps and Auto Rickshaws are available to reach the caves from Ambalavayal.
Timings: 9 AM to 4 PM
Entrance Fee: Rs. 20 for Adults, Rs. 10 for Children, Rs. 30 for Still Camera and Rs. 150 for Video Camera. Cell Phone Cameras are not allowed inside the main cave.
Note: There are several private parking areas on the way to Edakkal Caves. Park the vehicle close to the entrance to avoid additional trekking.