Edakkal Caves which are believed to have been formed around 8000 BC is famous for the pre-historic Edakkal literally translates into ‘a stone in between’ in Malayalam. According to popular legends associated with Edakkal, the caves were formed at the point struck by the arrows fired by Lava and Kusha, the twin sons of Lord Rama. The caves are on the Ambukuthi Mala at a height of 1000 meters. The big boulders are balanced on two relatively smaller boulders. Inside the caves are pictorial writings believed to be from neolithic man, evidence of the presence of a prehistoric civilization existing in this region
The caves still remain a mystery to the archaeologists. The carvings are of Neolithic Age and Mesolithic Age. There are human and animal figures carvings on the rock walls depicting pre-historic period and civilized people. The caves preserves prehistoric rock engravings including a human figure with headgear, a human figure on wheeled cart, images of a tribal king & queen, a deer and an elephant. Such stone age carvings are very rare and these are the only known examples in southern India. The caves were discovered by the then Superintendent of Police of Malabar, Fred Fawcett. The place attracts many historians and archaeologist from around the world.Â Edakkal cave is 25 kms from Kalpetta and just 3 kms from Ambalavayal.The mountains are ideal for trekking. The caves are a popular tourist attraction. The town is easily accessible. The best visiting hours are morning.
How to Reach:
Nearest Railway Station: Kozhikode, about 97 km from Sultan Bathery
Nearest Airport: Karipur international airport, about 23 km from Kozhikode
Bus station :Ambalavayal, 12km from SulthanBathery