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Location: At Ambalavayal. 12km from Sultan Bathery, Ambukuthi Hills, Wayanad district.
Classification: ExplainCave Church ExplainCave Church
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Address: Edakkal Hermitage, Wayanad, Kerala 673592, Mobile: +91-98470-01491, +91-94472-62570, Tel: +91-4936 221860, Tel: +91-4936 260123. Camp: +91-4936-261178. E-mail: contact
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1894 discovered by F. Fawcett, former Superintendent of Police whilst exploring the Wayanad Mountains.


The two caves located at a height of 1000m on Ambukutty Mala near Ambalavayal and can only be accessed via by a 1 km trek trail from Edakkal. Edakkal literally means 'a stone in between'. It is a prehistoric rock shelter formed naturally by three huge boulders one of which rests upon the other two, forming the roof.

The Edakkal rock art is equal to any prehistoric cave paintings in Europe. The paintings include stars, bows, knives, palms etc. together with drawings of human and animal figures with peculiar head-dresses and swastika forms and other geometric symbols.

Text by Tony Oldham (2003). With kind permission.