Edakkal Caves Overview

Ranked 3 of 50 sightseeing in Wayanad

The Edakkal Caves feature a crevice of around 96 feet in length, 30 feet in depth and 22 feet in width. There is a fissure at this site that was created due to splitting of a rock. This fissure and rock walls feature carvings of animal and human figures of the pre-historic period.

The caves are located around 25 km from Kalpetta and about 3 km from Ambalavayal. The trekking trail to these ancient caves from Edakkal extends around 1 km. These caves can be best visited in the morning and can be easily reached from Sulthan Bathery, which is around 16 km away.

Trekking is possible through Ambukuthi Hills to travel to these Edakkal Caves. The trekking route is covered with coffee plantations and takes around 45 minutes to climb up the hills. There is a ticket office situated on the hill top from where travellers can buy entry tickets. An iron gate at the entrance leads inside these caves, which take tourists to the pre-historic period.

There is a telescope near these caves that are used for seeing the surrounding valley. The Edakkal Caves were discovered in 1895 by the Superintendent of Police of Malabar District, Fred Fawcett, when he was going on a hunting trip.

These caves also comprise three different sets of petroglyphs that are more than 7,000 years old. It is the sole place where tourists can see Stone Age carvings in South India, with few of them belonging to the Mesolithic and Neolithic Age. Recent findings state that these caves were once related to the Indus Valley Civilisation, where tourists can see around 400 signs, including ‘a man with a jar cup’.

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27th Jan 17

Awesome place and must visit

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27th Jan 17

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18th Jan 18

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Rajesh Marar

Rajesh Marar4.3/5

45 reviews

Fantastic climb experience

We went with family of 2 children on 21 December 17 to see the famous caves.The Holiday crowd including a lot of college students kept increasing each minute. The path is plain at places while medium steep rocks at places with handrails for holding at most places. The climb for us was not difficult and was a great experience. All of us enjoyed the climb. At the top is the cave with rock inscription. Also we can see a superb aerial scenic view of Wayanad.During the climb we should avoid eating while climbing or else monkeys will disturb you.Need proper crowd management and guides to update the visitors. Else on any crowded day there could be a disaster.

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Anjana mithra Kk

Anjana mithra Kk5.0/5

1 review

Pre historic caves Dating from 5000Bc on Ambukuthi

UNESCO Declare the site of alkali caves a world heritage centre. Above the caves one can get a spectacular view of the mountains junction of states of Kerala, tamilnadu and karnataka
  • Pre historic caves Dating from 5000Bc on Ambukuthi
  • Pre historic caves Dating from 5000Bc on Ambukuthi
  • Pre historic caves Dating from 5000Bc on Ambukuthi
  • Pre historic caves Dating from 5000Bc on Ambukuthi

Mohammed irfan

Mohammed irfan5.0/5

4 reviews

Healthy walking

Alkali caves is located near batheri. You need to visit at the month of winter season because in summer season you will feel very wet and tired by walking around 15km. While reaching the entrance of alkali caves you will see many games and shops around. The steps has been fixed perfectly in the rocks to avoid falling.Once you reached the top of the hill you will feel fresh air and a small cave is located near to that there are many sculptures and you can see the top view of the alkali caves which is between two major rocks.Worth for the visit and trip

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Abhishek Anand

Abhishek Anand4.3/5

39 reviews

Climb to remember

Its the second best thing in Wayanad to see and explore, its a 340 steps climb up to the caves. Although there is nothing there to see in the cave but the view is awusum. It had drizzled so we got a nice green view from the top.

Deepak babu

Deepak babu3.6/5

13 reviews

Kind of Trekking

One of the famous tourist spot in Wayanad just 12km from Sulthan Bathery town. We enjoyed while climbing the steps ones you reach top most point will get good view from there. Inside the cave can see ancient times curving which is speciality of this cave. Timing is 9 am -4pm and all Monday will be off. I recommend this destination who are ready to go for small trek and big no for with infant and aged people.

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Mohan Poduval

Mohan Poduval3.6/5

43 reviews

A tiring but thrilling experience

At first it seems just like a normal walk but later it turned out to be a mini trekking. Steep slopes leading all the way and as it was heavy rush due to the long weekend, it was lucky there was no stampede but otherwise thrilling.
  • A tiring but thrilling experience
  • A tiring but thrilling experience
  • A tiring but thrilling experience
  • A tiring but thrilling experience

Febin P abraham

Febin P abraham5.0/5

25 reviews

Awesome place

The most exciting walk ever. We walked a lot to reach just the ticket counter and from their it was just 365 steps more. It was fun. The view from the top is fantastic. You can see the whole of Wayanad.

Anson cabral

Anson cabral4.3/5

25 reviews

Recommended for trekking enthusiasts

Have a good breakfast before you opt to visit the place. Lots of climbing and walking uphill can be expected. The entry closes by 2:30 pm owing to unpredictable weather conditions around the area. The place calls for some really good clicks and is rich in flora. On the way uphill, you can glance through the handicraft shops, buy local varieties of tea, coffee, home made chocolates or just have a quick snack. The entry fee is a minimal 20 bucks for adults. Handy suggestion to wear footwear with a good grip as the place gets slippery.

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2 reviews

History comes alive

Edema Edakkal caves is one of the historic engraving done by the human beings. Located around 7-10 km away from town Sulthan bathery... It's been steep walking of 1 km to reach to the cave... In cave you will find history come alive... There are figures of human, animals, cart, etc. Good place to be!!
  • History comes alive
  • History comes alive
  • History comes alive
  • History comes alive

Jaison Netto

Jaison Netto4.6/5

81 reviews

Edakkal the wonder cave

Its an amazing place for history seekers or lovers. It is situated about 16 km from Sulthan Bathery and we need to trek up the Ambukuthi Hill to reach the caves. It is worth an experience and it takes almost 45 minutes to climb the hill. The scenic landscape around and the cool breeze make the journey an unforgettable one.We went here as group and we did enjoyed trekking to the caves and the cave had lot of old age writings, pictures and symbols and there are lot of history involved. The guides will explain things very clearly and they are all very helping.From top of the hills, you can get some amazing pictures of nearby places and the cave itself.There are lot of shops on the initial areas of the trek and there are lot of delicious eatable available along with spices and coffee powders.There is a Ticket charge for this attraction and before the ticket counter itself there is around 800 meters trek.I recommend going to this place if you visit Wayanad or Sulthan batheri.

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Edakkal Caves, Wayanad

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Pre historic caves Dating from 5000Bc on Ambukuthi
Edakkal Caves, Wayanad

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Edakkal Caves, Wayanad
Edakkal Caves, Wayanad

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Gaurav Verma

Edakkal Caves, Wayanad
Edakkal Caves, Wayanad

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The trail leading to the caves

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