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Edakkal Caves

Day 5 Kalpetta > Mudumalai

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How to unload Indian style!

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Onwards and upwards. Well it was certainly upwards by shark's pony as we walked up towards the Edakkal Caves.

Thank goodness it was still relatively cool when we headed off walking up the steep winding road.

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Once at the ticket gate paid the 50 rupees / NZ$1.00 / US$0.80 for the privilege of taking photos with my camera. Despite the signs of no mobile phone photography, how in the world could this be enforced?

As it was a plastic free zone, those with a plastic water bottle had to pay 20 rupees / NZ$0.40 / US$0.30 which was refundable on exit.

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Then the steps upwards, both stone and metal. Past through the first cave which was nothing and up more steps to the viewpoint overlooking where we had climbed from. By now I was drenched in sweat. Such was the humidity (for me at least).

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Down into the cave and after an explanation one could see the outline of the humans, animals and flowers. Otherwise it was merely a series of scratchings in the rock.

The area boasts a long and influential history with numerous ancient relics like the Edakkal Caves which depict a civilization and are believed to have been a shelter of Stone Age neolithic people.

Edakkal Caves (Malayalam: ഇടക്കൽ ഗുഹകൾ) are two natural caves at a remote location at Edakkal, 25km / 15.5mi from Kalpetta in the Wayanad district of Kerala in India's Western Ghats. They lie 1,200m / 3,900ft above sea level on Ambukutty Mala, near an ancient trade route connecting the high mountains of Mysore to the ports of the Malabar coast. Inside the caves are pictorial writings believed to date to at least 6,000 BCE, from the Neolithic man, indicating the presence of a prehistoric civilization or settlement in this region. The Stone Age carvings of Edakkal are rare and are the only known examples from South India.

These are not technically caves, but rather a cleft, rift or rock shelter approximately 96 ft / 29m by 22ft / 6.7m), a 30-foot-deep / 9.1m) 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.

The petroglyphs inside the cave are of at least three types. The oldest may date back to over 8,000 years. Evidences suggest that the Edakkal caves were inhabited several times at different points in history. Thanks Mr Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edakkal_Caves

https://www.trawell.in/kerala/wayanad/edakkal-caves

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Downwards was the easy bit.

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A welcome cup of Chai with Phrem then not one but 2 ice creams (20 rupees / NZ$0.40 / US$0.30 each) quenched the thirst after the walk.

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Leaving the hills for the plains and stop for the night at the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Several unexpected stops like seeing the ladies having their tea leaves just plucked being weighed.

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Then the celebration at a small village Hindu temple.

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Plus at Thurappally lunch was at New Apex Restaurant. South Indian Tally 100 rupees / NZ$2.10 / US$1.60 and a Lemon Soda for 20 rupees / NZ$0.40 / US$0.30 which took an hour meant we were very late getting to our overnight accommodation.

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Posted by bruceontour 13:00 Archived in India

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Very nice informatino. Apart from Edakka caves we have many more places in Wayanad. It is a wonderful place. You can refer the link below to have more informaiton about places in Wayanad

https://myholidayhappiness.com/destination/kerala/places-to-visit-in-wayanad

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