Edakkal Caves

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20 - 30.00




Visiting Edakkal Caves is like visiting our forgotten past. These caves have provided great historians and scholars with a lot of important information regarding the lives and habits of our ancestors. The caves are known to be formed by natural rock formations. It was formed by a large split in a huge rock. The Edakkal Caves have extremely beautiful carvings inside that will take you back to ancient times. To reach these beautiful caves you have to do the trekking up to Ambukuthi Hills. The aroma of Flowery, nutty & smoky coffee stays with you the entire way. It is truly a surreal experience as we step into the realms of history.



History of Edakkal Caves

Few Kilometers away from Kalpetta lays two caves that exhibit natures’ skill and architecture. These Edakkal caves are located 1,200 m above the sea level. They are located on Ambukutty Mala. The name of the caves ‘Edakkal’ means ‘stone-between’. Here you can see a cave formed by a heavy boulder straddling in the rock. So many legends are involved in the construction of Edakkal Caves. Some historians believed that the caves were formed by two sons of Lord Rama, lava and kasha. The local people visit this place to tribute Goddess the Goddess Mudiampilly.

The beautiful caves were uncovered by Fred Fawcett, he was the then Superintendent of Police of the Malabar district in 1890. He identified the place being a habitat of the Neolothic people. He also discovered the rock-shelter, situated on the western side of Edakkalmala. 

Edakkal Caves are famous for its cave paintings which are considered to be of 6000 BC. To set foot on the caves, one has to trek through the Ambukutty Mala. It will take around 45 minutes to climb the hill and you will never get disappointed with the glory and magnificence of this renown.

There are two chambers inside the caves. The lower chamber or the bottom chamber is 18 ft long, 12 ft wide and 10 ft high and the upper chamber or the top chamber is 96 ft long, 22 ft wide and 18 ft high. You can notice carvings of human, animal figures and objects used by humans, on the walls of the caves. These carvings are the evidence of a highly civilized society who lived here in the pre-historic age. Edakkal caves have drawn great attention of archaeologists historians and scholars worldwide.

Edakkal caves are the only known place in India with historical Stone Age carvings. You can see here carvings belonging to Neolithic and Mesolithic age. The human figures of these caves raised hair and some have masks. They all have archaeological significance and are interesting too. Along with these pictorial carvings, you can also watch Tamil and Brahmi Scripts on the walls in Edakkal caves.

Caves have some links with Indus Valley Civilization too. Around 400 signs were discovered recently, which had shown its relationship with the ancient civilization.



Why Are the Edakkal Caves Famous?

Edakkal Caves are very famous for:-

The Pictorial Paintings

The Caves are very famous for their paintings of human, animals and symbols. These paintings are believed to be sculpted in 6000 BC. These historic drawings are the symbol of culture and lives of those who lived in the caves years ago.

The Stone Age Carvings

Inside the Caves, you can see a lot of Stone Age carvings on the walls. The work leaves you in awestruck and the carvings are believed to be from the ancient Neolithic and Mesolithic ages. 

The Stunning Petroglyphs

Edakkal Caves some portions are petroglyphs, these are rifts in the rocks or clefts. The petroglyphs have excellent formations. There are three types of petroglyphs to see at the Edakkal Caves and the oldest ones go back to 8000 years.  

The Great Trekking Spot

The trek through the Ambukuthi Hill to the Edakkal Caves is an excellent experience. You will pass through exciting and beautiful scenery and amazing terrain through the way. 



Places To Stay Near Edakkal Caves

  • Edakkal Caves in Wayanad
  • Hermitage Resort
  • Hotel Pepper Grove (KTDC)
  • The Hill District Club
  • Le Villagio Holiday Apartments
  • Pepper Trail
  • Green Ample Resort
  • Hotel Great Jubilee



  • Sunday : 08:00 am to 04:00 pm
  • Tuesday : 08:00 am to 04:00 pm
  • Wednesday : 08:00 am to 04:00 pm
  • Thursday : 08:00 am to 04:00 pm
  • Friday : 08:00 am to 04:00 pm
  • Saturday : 08:00 am to 04:00 pm

Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.


How to Reach

  • By Train : Nearest Railway Station: Calicut Railway Station, about 99.8 Km
  • By Flight : Nearest Airport: Calicut International Airport, about 112.7 Km.
  • By Bus : Nearest Bus Station: Sulthan Bathery Bus Station, about 14.4 Km


Ticket Pricing

  • For Adults : Rs 30
  • for Children below 12 Years : Rs 20

Tourist places near Edakkal Caves

  • Wayanad Heritage Museum
  • Neelimala View Point
  • Jain Temple
  • Soochippara Waterfalls


Edakkal Caves, Nenmeni, Kerala, India

Rating & Reviews

Based on 11216 reviews
Very Good
sakir Ali
sakir Ali
07/19/2020 11:22
I have visited this 'natural history wonder" yesterday. It was my 3rd visit here. These caves are about 30000 years old and believed to have formed due an earth quake. Excavations revealed that cave men lived here about 6000 years ago. The cave is at the top of the hill. It is exiting to climb this hill. Stone carvings, pics and old writings can be seen here. It is really worth visit. Good place to see Caves have got some engravings on walls that you will appreciate. In addition it has some mythological story behind it. Its a lot of walk on a steep hills be ready for that. You may get extremely tired.
Mohammed Adhil Thommangadan
Mohammed Adhil Thommangadan
08/07/2020 20:25
Inside the cave, you can see two chambers. The lower chamber is 18 ft long, 12 ft wide and 10 ft high and the upper chamber is 96 ft long, 22 ft wide and 18 ft high. You can see animal figures and objects used by humans, on the walls of the caves. These carvings give incredible confirmation for a very enlightened society who lived in the pre-noteworthy age. Edakkal caves have drawn awesome consideration of archaeologists and students of history around the World.
sarin mk
sarin mk
06/06/2020 22:16
Climb involves over 1km of fairly steep track followed by over 350 steps up to cave entrance. View from top out over the countryside was great. Cave area was quite small but we had the place to ourselves other than a park security person who pointed out the many carved images on the rock wall. All very interesting but be prepared for a tough climb in the heat.
WesternGhats Travellers
WesternGhats Travellers
07/19/2020 13:20
very nice cave.. could take good photos and spend a very good time with friends and family.. the path will be slippery should be very much careful..
Abin Danish
Abin Danish
07/20/2020 21:04
Hystoical place. A wonder made by nature. But reaching the cave entrance is a little adventurous. Need to walk almost 1 km and climb the steps which are very steep.

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The best time to visit in a day is early morning as there are less people. It is a bit of a hike so try to go when it is not too hot and also try to go early in the morning because as the sun comes up you will find it more difficult to climb.
Edakkal Caves are very famous for the pictorial paintings, stone age carvings, stunning petroglyphs, and great trekking spot it offers
The Edakkal Caves have 380 steps. If you ever visit Waynad, one place you should never miss is Edakkal Cave. you will get the finest experience of trekking in the hilly terrain for 1 km followed by climbing 380 steep steps. At the top of the hill, you will discover a wonderful cave. It is marvel and experience that cannot be described in words.
Handbags and backpacks and are allowed but to carry plastic bags and bottles inside you need to pay extra money.
Fred Fawcett, deployed in the Malabar region, had accidentally discovered the Edakkal caves in 1894. The British officer introduced to the world the prehistoric site and petroglyphs belonging to the Neolithic age, 124 years ago.
The good hotels to stay near Edakkal Caves are Edakkal Caves in Wayanad, Hermitage Resort, Hotel Pepper Grove (KTDC), The Hill District Club, Le Villagio Holiday Apartments, Pepper Trail, Green,, Ample Resort and Hotel Great Jubilee
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