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Edakkal Caves




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          Edakkal Caves are two natural caves at a remote location at Edakkal, 25 km from Kalpetta in the Wayanad district of Kerala in India's Western Ghats. They lie 1,200 metres above sea level on Ambukutty Mala, beside an ancient trade route connecting thehigh mountains of Mysore to the ports of the Malabar coast.




          Inside the caves are pictorial writings believed to date to at least 6,000 BC, 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.Probable links with Indus valley civilization


          The caves contain drawings that range over periods from as early as 5000 BC to 1000 BC. The youngest group of paintings have been in the news for a possibleconnection to the Indus Valley Civilization.




 

     History

          Historian M.R. Raghava Varier of the Kerala state archaeology department identified a sign “a man with jar cup” that is the most distinct motif of the Indus valley civilization.The finding, made in September 2009, indicates that the Harappan civilization was active in the region. The “a man with jar cup” symbol from Edakkal seems to be more similar to the Indus motif than those already known from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Mr. Varier said “The discovery of the symbols are akin to that of the Harappan civilisation having predominantly Dravidian culture and testimony to the factthat cultural diffusion could take place. It is wrong to presume that the Indus culture disappeared into thin air.” The scholar of Indus and the Tamil Brahmi scripts, Mr. Iravatham Mahadevan said the findings were very significant called it a "major discovery".


     Tourism

          The Cave has become a popular tourist destination. Many people visit the place to go trekking to the Cave. It is an ideal place for picnic as it is surrounded by hills.






     Nearest Tourist Places in Wayanad




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     Location


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 Nearest Airport:

 Calicut International Airport

 Road :

 From Airport to spot(114 km, 2 hours 30 mins )




   Directions :




1. Head west on International Terminal Rd Pass by Parking Lot (on the left)
           400 m

2. Turn right onto Calicut Airpot Road Pass by Indian Coffee House (on the left)
           2.0 km

3. At Muthus Bakery Bldg, continue onto Ferokh-Palakkad Hwy/Kozhikode-Nilambur-Gudalur Rd/NH 213 Pass by HP Petrol Pump (on the right in 450 m)
           9.4 km

4. At Ramanattukara-Bypass Cir, take the 3rd exit
           6.6 km

5. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Perumanna Road Pass by AM Hospital (on the right)
           2.3 km

6. Slight left at Miracle Group Puthoormadam onto Puthoormadam-Mundupalam Rd
           1.0 km

7. Continue straight onto Pottammal-Palazhi Road
           230 m

8. Turn right onto Kuttikattoor Road Pass by kaniyaath (on the left in 1.3 km)
           2.5 km

9. Turn right at 3VS Co-Operative bank onto Mavoor Rd/State Highway 24 Pass by Dhanashilpi (on the left)
           450 m

10. Take the 1st left onto Kunnamangalam-Cherinchal-Kottamparamba-Kuttikkattoor Rd Pass by Jamia Arifiya Anwariya (on the left in 550 m)
           4.1 km

11. Continue onto MLA Rd Pass by Kunnamangalam Police Station (on the left in 500 m)
           600 m

12. Turn right at State Bank of Travancore onto Kozhikode-Mysore-Kollegal Hwy/Kozhikode-Vythiri-Gudallur Hwy/NH 212/SH 29 Pass by Aliya (on the left)
           7.6 km

13. Slight left at MPC Jewellery to stay on Kozhikode-Mysore-Kollegal Hwy/Kozhikode-Vythiri-Gudallur Hwy/NH 212/SH 29 Continue to follow Kozhikode-Mysore-Kollegal Hwy/NH 212 Pass by Koduvally Petrol Station (on the left in 750 m)
           68.7 km

14. Turn right onto Kolagappara Ambalavayal Road
           4.0 km

15. Sharp left
           700 m

16. Slight right
           1.4 km

17. Take the 1st left
           1.7 km

18. Spot





     Location




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 Nearest Railway station:

 Calicut Railway station(CLT)

 Road :

 From Calicut Railway Station(CLT) to spot(100 km, 2 hours 14 mins )




   Directions :



1. Head towards Old Railway Overbridge north on Railwaystation 4th Platform Rd
           270 m

2. Sharp right onto Old Railway Overbridge Pass by Hotel Deewar (on the left)
           240 m

3. Turn left at Ramla Sweets onto Palayam Rd
           110 m

4. At Radio World, Palayam Rd turns right and becomes Oyitty Rd Pass by Chartered Bank (on the right in 400 m)
           550 m

5. At Town Hall, continue onto Edapally Panvel Hwy/TownHall Rd Pass by Government Teacher Trainning Institute (on the left)
           210 m

6. Turn left onto Edapally Panvel Hwy Pass by HP (on the right in 1.7 km)
           1.9 km

7. Turn right at Rani Pets onto Nadakkavu Cross Rd Pass by Bharath Petroleum (on the right)
           300 m

8. Turn left at Petrol Pump onto Kozhikode-Mysore-Kollegal Hwy/Kozhikode-Vythiri-Gudallur Hwy/NH 212/SH 29 Pass by HP Petrol Pump (on the left in 11.8 km)
           20.3 km

9. Slight left at MPC Jewellery to stay on Kozhikode-Mysore-Kollegal Hwy/Kozhikode-Vythiri-Gudallur Hwy/NH 212/SH 29 Continue to follow Kozhikode-Mysore-Kollegal Hwy/NH 212 Pass by Koduvally Petrol Station (on the left in 750 m)
           68.7 km

10. Turn right onto Kolagappara Ambalavayal Road
           4.0 km

11. Sharp left
           700 m

12. Slight right
           1.4 km

13. Take the 1st left
           1.7 km

14. Spot



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