snapshots of Edakkal Caves

 Experience Edakkal Caves in Wayanad, Kerala

Edakkal Caves?  This was the last option given to me to visit on our last day at   Wayanad, Kerala for our 2 days and 2 nights stay. For those who  have not read my previous post, I visited  Kerala for 2 weeks as part of the Kerala Blog Express 3  wherein 30 bloggers from 25 countries around the world were given  their trip of a lifetime in various districts all throughout  the state of Kerala, India.

The 30 Bloggers  were divided into two groups wherein  the first group will be visiting a dam, experience bamboo rafting, etc…not really  physically draining. I would want to  join this group, but they put a limit of 12 bloggers  in this group due to the capacity of the vehicle used.  Well, I left with no choice but to join the second group which will be visiting places including the Edakkal Caves. Why I was hesitant for this trip? They told me that visiting Edakkal Caves would include trekking for more than 1 km uphill.I seemed not to like a tedious trek at that moment.  But I don’t want to waste my time sleeping at the hotel, so, there goes my experience at Edakkal Caves in Wayanad , Kerala.


towards Edakkal Caves, steep…very steep trekking, yet, we can still manage to smile and laugh

Edakkal, Ambukuthi  Mala

The cave was located in Ambukuthi  Mala, the tallest mountain in the district of Wayanad. Upon reaching the parking at the base of the hill where Edakkal  Caves was located  you can already spot several shops selling souvenir and food items.

We started to walk from the parking area to reach the base of the hill where the cave was located.  The trek uphill was  difficult.While I knew I can do it, but I was also aware that it would be challenging. While doing the trek,  I thought that  my lungs  would simply give in. What was aggravating was that everyone said that the climb was 1km, when it was clearly more. But thanks to laughter and fun. In fact  was even able to manage to crack a few jokes while trekking. But here’s the  heaven’s  answer to my unspoken prayers, there was a car coming and Susanna a fellow blogger tried her luck to ask for a ride — and she got it – with us! Lol!  Late that we knew, the car owner was the manager of the place. He brought us directly at the base of the hill where we still need to climb 300 plus steps  to reach Edakkal Caves.


our initial approach to Edakkal Caves…

At the base, one must pay for an entrance fee as follows:  Adult -Rs. 20; Children (below 5 years) – free; between 5 to 15 years – Rs 10; Still Camera – Rs 30; Movie camera – Rs 150. Also, littering is not allowed in the place, so all pet bottles are marked with a sticker and monitored afterwards.

The 300 plus steps to the Edakkal Caves

After getting our ticket, we start climbing  the  steeper steps  towards Edakkal Caves. There were some reminders at the base that the track was not recommended for people with heart problems. But  I guess, reaching  the caves will always be possible even to those who are in their middle age for as long as they take their own pace. Anyone can stop and rest at some points .

Reaching the cave was very rewarding. Before getting into the cave, I pause and took a time to marvel the beautiful vista offered by the place from the top.


The stone in between…

The Edakkal Cave Structure

The name of Edakkal Caves literally means `a stone in between’. As the name indicates, it seems that one   large rock stuck over between two big boulders ones to create a cave.   Experts  are of the opinion that Edakkal Caves is not a cave in the real sense. It is a fissure in the rocks which had been created due to natural causes/ changing climatic conditions. According to our guide, the split in the rock is about 22 ft. in width and 96 ft. in length. The depth of the cleft extends to over 30 ft. Mild sun rays penetrating into it make the place even more beautiful.


An iron railing was  placed inside the Edakkal Caves, protecting the carvings on the walls from damage.

Edakkal Caves Rock Engravings 

The walls of Edakkal Caves  were covered  with various engravings, prehistoric line drawings. These markings were representations  that the caves were occupied by various sets of people during various stages of history. There was a guide inside who talks about these  etchings, but he speaks too fast and with a low voice so it was quite difficult to understand. So I just made some clarifications with our own guide. I also  bought a small booklet at the ticket booth for  information  about the cave for 20 INR.  For some reasons,  mobile phones are not allowed to use inside the caves for picture taking.


As pointed by the guide, three distinct sets of petroglyphs can be seen in the caves and some depictions are as old as 7000 years. It is said that Edakkal Caves is the only known place for stone age carvings in South India.  The guide further added that the carvings belonging to the Neolithic and Mesolithic Age include ancient stone scripts, ancient weaponry figures, symbols, figures of various animals and human beings etc.


The rock surface is full of linear motifs and one can see weird shaped figures, crosses, triangles, tridents, squares, stars, wheels, spirals, plant motifs, pot shaped items, various animals and human figures.  Many of the human figures have raised hair, some have masked faces and all these figures are eye-catching and have archaeological significance. Apart from these pictorial carvings, ancient inscriptions, including a Tamil Brahmi script have been identified from the caves. (DMC Edakkal Booklet)

The guide also pointed some images of a tribal king, a queen, a child, a deer and an elephant on the wall. A human figure with headgear, another on a wheeled cart and some male and female figures too can be seen. All these  symbols  suggest the presence of prehistoric men.


Yours truly together with  other bloggers and Kerala Blog Express 3 Crew inside the Edakkal Caves

My Say…

Visiting Edakkal Caves was indeed physically challenging, but it was as well very enriching.  At least, I can say that once in my lifetime I have experienced the Edakkal Caves of Wayanad, Kerala.

 Getting There:

Edakkal Caves is located about 12km south of Sulthan Bathery in Wayanad. Sulthan Bathery is the nearest  (KSRTC) bus station.  Ambalavayal is the nearest town center. There is local bus/jeep service available.There are several Kerala Tour Packages  available to help you reach the place.

Address: Wayanad, Kerala, 673593, Nenmeni, Kerala 673595, India

Visiting Hours:   9AM–4:00PM




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  2. I love exploring caves.

  3. Wayanad is the green paradise. It is a famous and popular tourist destination in Kerala. Thanks for sharing your memorable experience. I like your posts very much. The photos you shared are nice.

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  5. Thank you for sharing this blog.

  6. this place is so adventurous really want to visit this place

  7. I am Mathew from Australia. I am planning to visit India next year with my family. I read this article, it is helpful for me.
    thanks for written this article Kerala India.

  8. try to visit India, it’s a beautiful country to visit and the cost of travelling like food and hotel is pretty cheap

  9. Such a fun and unique place. I loved seeing the fun pics.

  10. Wow this looks like a blast. I love to travel. I can’t wait to enjoy more places like this. I’ll have to put this on my list.

  11. That looks like it was an amazing adventure! I used to go to local caves for tours and want to take my girls sometime as well.

  12. Caves adventure is fun but I do not think I can go. It freaks me out 🙁

  13. I’ve always wanted to travel to Kerala, it’s so green n lush. The cave adventure would be awesome.

  14. What a fun adventure! And the caves look so beautiful.

  15. Does big climbs really can do you in. Looks like it was worth it though.

  16. Looks like a fun and adventurous place to visit. The caves look so amazing and beautiful.

  17. It looks so amazing and fun. Interesting place to visit, i want to go there and try something new. Great shot for the pictures. it awesome.

  18. victoria

    Looks like you had an awesome experience, I love to travel too and go to that cave, such an interesting.

  19. Seems like a lot of walking for me to handle, good thing you managed to survive all that trekking. It seems like a nice place since there are ancient carvings on the walls! nice post!

  20. Elizabeth O.

    What an amazing trip this must have been for you. I’m sure the trek up was worth it. The caves look so stunning and majestic!

  21. This looks awesome! I bet my family would enjoy going there, perfect to add to my travel bucket list!

  22. Wow. This looks like a popular place and a nice little work-out, too. I’d love to see it myself.

  23. I wish I could say that I would like to visit those places but I am unfit that I would most likely just huff and puff.

  24. What an adventure! And they always say it is 1 km and then it ends up being more! At least it seemed worth it!

  25. That sounds like an amazing adventure. I love exploring caves.

  26. oh my I am in total awe and rather jealous I wish I got the chance to travel more than I do and looking at those pictures I would sure visit this amazing place

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