Edakkal caves trek in Wayanad to see historic Stone Age rock carvings in India. Backpacking Kerala, India

 

So if you are off to Wayanad, maybe from Bangalore as part of the start to your Kerala itinerary.

You are sure to hear about the Edakkal Caves when you’re looking for things to do in Wayanad.

This tourist attraction is often listed as one of the top tourist attractions in the area.

It’s worth a visit in particular if you are into history.

There are carvings here that are believed to date back to the BC years.

It’s been said that Wayanad is one of the few places in India known to have such rock carvings.

 

What is the significance of the Edakkal Caves as a part of India’s history?

According to Kerala’s Department of Archaeology:

Edakkal rock engravings are invaluable treasures of the world heritage.

This site was first reported in the journal of Indian Antiquary in 1901 an illustrated article written by Fawcett, the Superintendent of Police of the erstwhile Malabar District.

Rock art in the form of paintings are there in plenty.

But engravings in the Edakkal Caves are unique.

The Edakkal engravings represent various objects and cultural signs of the past societies.

The drawings include figures of humans and animals, trees, wheels, carts, and also symbols, letters, and numeric signs.

Human figures depicted in different styles are the most important items among the drawings.

Wheels, carts, etc. are also represented in different styles.

Some of the newly found figures are comparable with signs and symbols reported from various Chalcolithic and Bronze Age sites of the subcontinent.

 

 

So…

What can you expect with a trip to the Edakkal Caves?!

 

1. It’ll take about an hour to get to the caves by taxi or rickshaw from Kalpetta town

Kalpetta to Edakkal Caves rickshaw. Wayanad travel. Backpacking Kerala, India

Kalpetta to Edakkal Caves taxi or rickshaw. Wayanad travel. Backpacking Kerala, India

Kalpetta to Edakkal Caves taxi or rickshaw. Wayanad travel. Backpacking Kerala, India

 

 

2. You can get to the caves by bus too

Kalpetta to Edakkal Caves bus, to Sulthan Bathery. Wayanad Travel. Backpacking Kerala, India

Kalpetta to Edakkal Caves. Wayanad travel. Backpacking Kerala, India

Kalpetta to Edakkal Caves bus in Wayanad. Backpacking Kerala, India

Kalpetta to Edakkal Caves bus. Bus stop near Edakkal Caves. Wayanad travel. Backpacking Kerala, India

 

 

3. There’s a walk up a hill to get to the entry point

Edakkal Caves near entry. Wayanad travel. Backpacking Kerala, India

 

 

4. The entry fee is 30 rupees per person (less than US$0.50)

Edakkal Caves entry fee. Wayanad Travel. Backpacking Kerala, India

 

 

5. Stairs, stairs, and more stairs!

Edakkal Caves trek with stairs. Wayanad travel. Backpacking Kerala, India

Edakkal Caves trek with stairs. Wayanad travel. Backpacking Kerala, India

Edakkal Caves trek with stairs. Wayanad travel. Backpacking Kerala, India

Edakkal Caves trek with stairs. Wayanad travel. Backpacking Kerala, India

Edakkal Caves trekking. Wayanad travel. Backpacking Kerala, India

 

 

6. Rocks, rocks, and more rocks!

Edakkal Caves rocks. Wayanad travel. Backpacking Kerala, India

Edakkal Caves rocks. Wayanad travel. Backpacking Kerala, India

Edakkal Caves trekking. Wayanad travel. Backpacking Kerala, India

Edakkal Caves rocks. Wayanad travel. Backpacking Kerala, India

Edakkal Caves trekking. Wayanad travel. Backpacking Kerala, India

 

 

7. And with that climb comes a scenic overlook!

Edakkal Caves trekking Kerala hills. Wayanad travel. Backpacking Kerala, India

Edakkal Caves trekking Kerala hills. Wayanad travel. Backpacking Kerala, India

Edakkal Caves trekking Kerala hills. Wayanad travel. Backpacking Kerala, India

 

 

8. Rock carvings from the Stone Age?!

Edakkal Caves stone age carvings in India. Wayanad travel. Backpacking Kerala, India

Edakkal Caves stone age carvings in India. Wayanad travel. Backpacking Kerala, India

Edakkal Caves stone age carvings in India. Wayanad travel. Backpacking Kerala, India

 

9. You’ll want to give yourself around 1 to 1.5 hours for this Edakkal Cave trek (that’s more like the Edakkal Cave stair climb)

Including the time it takes to get to the caves, that means this will end up being a half day trip.

If you go to the Edakkal Caves by bus, it will basically end up being a day trip from Kalpetta.

Edakkal Caves trekking. Wayanad travel. Backpacking Kerala, India

 

HAPPY EDAKKAL CAVES VISIT!

 

How to get from Kalpetta to Edakkal Caves by bus

 

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