Edakkal Caves
Edakkal Caves
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  • vip_foodie
    Bengaluru, India3,328 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Carvings from Stone Age
    These caves are one of famous tourist attractions of Wayanad. They have carvings from the stone age around 6000 BC. It’s good to hire a guide so that they can explained the carvings. There are two level of caves. There is a steep trek of 1 km and then climb of 400 steps to reach the upper level of caves. Only the upper level of cave has carvings. On the way back, do try some good passion fruit juice and coconut water. You can also do some souvenir shopping and spices/chocolates shopping.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 September 2023
  • Priyanka9987
    Mumbai, India522 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit in wayanad
    Highly recommended trek/ walk and must visit places near Wayanad. The trek takes about 2.5 hrs with a 6-yr old. Takes 20mons till entry point, 40 mins for the uphill trek till the highest point and 20 mins downhill back to parking The trek is steep but has many places to take a break, with greenery all around with great views. The view from the top is beautiful and the cave drawings are must see. Take the help of a guide to understand what they mean and they also take very good pics of you. Start early by 8-9am and be done by noon. Weekends are crowded with school and college groups..quite touristy entrance and a great place to shop for things back home in the form of banana chips chocolates eucalyptus oil and spices
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 November 2023
  • Anoop Kumar N
    Melbourne, Australia48 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    We can say I have visited the Edakkal Caves
    We were there at 9:30 am. queue was very long and it took 2 hours to get a ticket ( RS.50) . It is not a very good cave. Just an experience . The area was surprisingly clean. Wear shoes and take drinking water. nearly 1.3km from the parking. Very difficult to get parking . No parking slots. peoples will park where ever they can. ( Rs.50/car). When we take plastic bottles give Rs. 20 for a sticker and when we came back they show the bottle and get the refund. Not recommended for elderly and small kids.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 December 2023
  • Big Indian Tours
    Kochi (Cochin), India619 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Edakkal Caves
    A challenging adventure with breathtaking views and a sense of accomplishment despite the tough journey. A place with an astonishing combination of natural beauty and historical significance. The adventure offers a journey back in time, decoding messages left by ancestors. A nominal fee of 20 rupees for parking. About a kilometre journey from the parking lot to the ticket counter. Entry fee of 50 rupees per person. Sturdy shoes are advised due to slippery roads. Descent poses a challenge with steep stairs and steep iron or steel steps for about 1km. Not recommended for aged people and children due to challenging paths and steps. The cave contains historical symbols by early humans. Engraved Tamil Brahmi letters and pictorial representations on side rock walls. Unique rock formations, ancient symbols and carvings date back to 6000 BCE. Views can be hindered by the popularity of the destination. There is a limit for the total count of tickets they will not allow more than 2000 tickets total for one day. Knowledgeable guides available in the main cave will showcase notable petroglyphs. Takes around 1.5 to 2 hours for a round-trip. For those seeking an adventure, this cave offers more than just a physical challenge; it presents a distinctive and unforgettable destination, blending a rich tapestry of historical and cultural experiences.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 1 January 2024
  • Swagatika P
    Bengaluru, India44 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Yes - if you like walking and climbing
    After reaching to the spot, my 5 year old reacted - just to see this you made me do all that hard work!! It’s really tough walking uphill for around 1.2 km, and then realising you have to climb quite up to reach the cave. The carvings are almost fading, just the huge rocks. You should avoid this place with small kids and elderly people. Neither they will enjoy the trek nor the boulders. If you are in Wayanad and nothing much to do, want to do some hiking and climbing, should visit. Gets closed at 4 pm, so try to reach to the parking lot by 3 at least.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 January 2024
  • Satish P
    Thane, India1,233 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Journey better than the destination
    The road to the caves is quite steep and steps are also steep. Good part is that there are trees by the side so even during the afternoon sun, it's comfortable to walk. Surrounding ambience was quite scenic. Caves however were a bit of disappointment. Not many carvings.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 February 2024
  • Deepak Dhanda
    Pune, India28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing and Educative
    Glad I could witness the stone art of 6000 BC in a cave 30000 yrs old. The Heritage site is very well managed by the Kerala Administration. Guides inside the Cave will help you understand the art work. One km walk and 780 steps to cave. Must See
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 February 2024
  • ELDHO MONCY
    India8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exploring Edakkal Caves
    Visiting Edakkal Caves was a captivating experience that combined history, nature, and adventure. Nestled amidst the lush greenery of Wayanad, the caves offered a glimpse into ancient rock carvings and inscriptions dating back thousands of years. The trek up to the caves was moderate yet exhilarating, with breathtaking views of the Western Ghats along the way. Inside, the cave walls adorned with prehistoric artwork provided a sense of awe and wonder. The guides were knowledgeable, adding depth to our understanding of the significance of these archaeological wonders. Overall, Edakkal Caves proved to be a perfect blend of exploration and learning, making it an unforgettable outing with colleagues.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 June 2024
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Family
Long lines to get in. Expect about a kilometer of walking on steep incline roads to get to entrance. Entry closes after about 2000 visitors each day. So better visit early. There are massive lines trying to get to first cave and people jostling to get ahead on steep steps, which is a recipe for disaster some day!! But the upper cave was worth the hike! Breathtaking views and rock engravings.
Written 31 May 2022
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chow69
Bhopal, India2,064 contributions
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Jan 2020
These prehistoric caves are located close to Ambalavayal off the Calicut-Bangalore National Highway. The turning to the right moving from Meenagadi to Sultan Bathery is short of Sultan Bathery.
We visited these caves during our recent visit to Wayanad and Kerala and had a great time walking up to the top of the hill where the caves are located. The Tourism Department has affixed a metallic staircase to assist climbers, but the climb is indeed strenuous. The view from the top of the hill is awesome and one needs to take breaks while climbing to the top.
These caves are supposed to be camping shelters of the South Indian Neolithic community and the cave walls contain a collection of Neolithic rock engravings and images.
The Edakkal Caves are not caves in the true sense of the word. They are a cleft in between two rocks which may have been formed by the rock which forms the roof of the cave.
Written 6 February 2020
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Kapil Sood
Bengaluru, India414 contributions
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Mar 2023
Very nice caves if you are interested in history, not very often you see things which are (claimed to be) 6000 years old!

What to expect:
1. As you approach this place there is a parking fee collected, Rs.40/- for the car and they allot you a parking lot number, there are almost 10 of them. Very organised.
2. There is a very steep walk up, approx 1Km. There are shops on the way for eats and tit bits. They are very polite and don't push you much.
3. Then you reach the ticket counters & there are toilets too. Ticket is Rs.50/- per adult.
4. After this the real fun (challenge) starts. There are big steep stone steps up and steel steps down. Approx 300+ steps.
5. This place can get very crowded too, so getting there early in the day is better as the crowds are less and it is not very hot.
6. Assuming the steps can get very slippery during the rains, so exercise caution.
7. Not advisable for people above 70, pregnant women, people with heart ailments, people who don't exercise to do this walk, it'll be too strenuous.
8. Beautiful views from the top and the icing on the cake are the stone carvings, 6000 years old!

Must visit for history lovers for sure!
Written 15 March 2023
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The One Who Thinks Too Much
Kakkanad, India16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Ancient pictures and letters engraved in a cave formed by giant rocks, People can enter into the cave through steps and walk around the cave freely because it is ample space inside. It is an enjoyable place for, family, couples and friends. Walking in and out through the steps can be a workout But you will be tired of walking if you are not healthy or aged.
Written 15 March 2020
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Rensilla
Bengaluru, India13 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
I was so determined to reach the top and discover what beauty lies up there above. But it was disappointing. Maybe I expected too much? Pr maybe not?
If you planning to climb up with small kids, I suggest you not to. The climb gets difficult at some point even without having any weights on you.

But my advice to you would be, if you want to climb and see what's there, ENJOY THAT CLIMB. That is the only thing you will take back from these caves.
Written 21 March 2020
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Neo123456
Bengaluru, India49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Few pointers to plan your travel to the caves :
1. You’ll have to walk on very steep road for 1km to reach to the cave. You’ll have lot of eating/shopping options on the way
2. There are around 300 steps one way to reach to both caves. Views are breathtaking and worth the effort
3. Not very crowded and very well maintenance by Kerala govt
4. Cave at the top has sculptures.. you’ll find a guide who’ll share stories of 30,000 years before.

Eddakal means stone between the caves
Written 19 May 2022
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Satish Kumar
Chennai (Madras), India39 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
Edakkal caves is one of the UNESCO certified monument. It is actually situated at the highest peak in the district on the Ambukuthi Mala.

A steep trek to the top of the hill, which would probably take few hours and it really depends on the fitness level. As you walk to the top there is a narrow path that would actually challenge the elderly and once you get through it, there is a modern steel steps that would take you to the peak. There are enough shops on the way to keep you hydrated and there are few shops that offer fresh coffee powder and spices.
Once you reach the top you could see ancient rock engraving dated back some 100 + years ago. It is being well maintained and one of the main a tourist attraction at the district. This place also provides a breath taking view of the district and you could enjoy the scenic view with lush greenery until horizon.

Written 31 December 2020
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Big Indian Tours
Kochi (Cochin), India619 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
A challenging adventure with breathtaking views and a sense of accomplishment despite the tough journey. A place with an astonishing combination of natural beauty and historical significance. The adventure offers a journey back in time, decoding messages left by ancestors.

A nominal fee of 20 rupees for parking. About a kilometre journey from the parking lot to the ticket counter. Entry fee of 50 rupees per person. Sturdy shoes are advised due to slippery roads. Descent poses a challenge with steep stairs and steep iron or steel steps for about 1km. Not recommended for aged people and children due to challenging paths and steps.

The cave contains historical symbols by early humans. Engraved Tamil Brahmi letters and pictorial representations on side rock walls. Unique rock formations, ancient symbols and carvings date back to 6000 BCE.

Views can be hindered by the popularity of the destination. There is a limit for the total count of tickets they will not allow more than 2000 tickets total for one day.

Knowledgeable guides available in the main cave will showcase notable petroglyphs. Takes around 1.5 to 2 hours for a round-trip. For those seeking an adventure, this cave offers more than just a physical challenge; it presents a distinctive and unforgettable destination, blending a rich tapestry of historical and cultural experiences.
Written 2 January 2024
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Priyanka9987
Mumbai, India522 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Highly recommended trek/ walk and must visit places near Wayanad. The trek takes about 2.5 hrs with a 6-yr old. Takes 20mons till entry point, 40 mins for the uphill trek till the highest point and 20 mins downhill back to parking
The trek is steep but has many places to take a break, with greenery all around with great views. The view from the top is beautiful and the cave drawings are must see. Take the help of a guide to understand what they mean and they also take very good pics of you. Start early by 8-9am and be done by noon. Weekends are crowded with school and college groups..quite touristy entrance and a great place to shop for things back home in the form of banana chips chocolates eucalyptus oil and spices
Written 26 November 2023
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Aditya G
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
The cave itself is small, but the carvings are beautiful. Be sure to ask the guide there to point out the more interesting ones to you (~100 Rs). Its interesting to watch the view from the top, and imagine how things were in the prehistoric times when the people making those carvings were living there. Having said that, it takes a LOT of effort to get to the top - it is a very steep and narrow staircase. Do this only if you are physically fit.
Written 13 January 2020
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