Edakkal Caves

Edakkal Caves, Kalpetta: Hours, Address, Edakkal Caves Reviews: 4/5

Edakkal Caves
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:15 PM

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Neo123456
Bengaluru, India32 contributions
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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ashray70
Pune District, India111 contributions
May 2022
Involves a fairly steep climb but has a coba path and proper steps to climb. Very safe. Caves are very old with inscriptions dated 6000 BC. Must see.
Written 19 May 2022
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Hemanth C
Coonoor, India137 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
Beautiful cave located with writings encarved of ancient days...
You have to steep climb to reach the spot. View is beautiful...
Written 30 March 2022
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Rohit Sardeshpande
Bengaluru, India70 contributions
Feb 2021
Stone carvings made by neolitihic man about 8000 years ago were a definite no-miss for me. Various seemingly complicated etchings made on the rock greet the visitor once he or she climbs up the walk and stairs, into the cave. Its a climb on a road for about a km or so and then about 300-odd steps, which can be steep, to reach the cave. It looks daunting at first but is not very difficult, if you take it slow. But it is a climb! There are lots of small shops selling everything from home-made chocolates and teas to omelets.

The place opens at 9 and its best to reach there early and start the climb down before the crowd starts coming in. And take all of your stuff in bags - monkeys aplenty!
Written 24 February 2021
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Dheeraj P
Bengaluru, India2 contributions
Feb 2021 • Family
Can check your Stamina, and we loved the 12 D Movie experience their. Amazing 6000 years cave art and must visit place.
Written 22 February 2021
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RB
11 contributions
Feb 2021
We did not cover full cave as it was too steep and crowded! Even walking was very long and tiring! Due to Corona many people did not cover face properly!
Written 10 February 2021
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vsreejith
Bengaluru, India153 contributions
Dec 2020
One thing we noticed when we were driving to the caves is, about 1km before, the cars were on a long queue. Since the road is climbing up, maintaining the queue was difficult because some of the drivers were not so much experts on stop-go traffic on steep climb (when they release the brake and start, the vehicle start coming back).

Anyway, after about an hour of very slow moving queue, we came to the end of it, only to realize, two ladies were sitting there and giving parking coupons to each vehicle, taking Rs. 50, with some number written on the coupon - e.g.: '4' or '7' etc.

The idea is, you have to go to the parking lot with the number and park. The parking charge - Rs. 50 is what you paid in advance.

After all this, we went to the parking lot assigned, only to find that there is no slot empty. We went ahead and went to some random parking lot which had empty space. The parking attendant said, you can park here, but since this is not the lot for which you paid, you have to pay Rs. 50.

The moral of the story is, there was NO need for that one hour queue. You just drive through, park in any available space and pay Rs. 50, and you are done. So, those two rude ladies were sitting there only to make life miserable for tourists.

After this, we found the climb pretty steep - so it is NOT at all recommended for people with any type of knee issue, or in general people who does not like steep climbs.

The caves are OK. very interesting ancient markings etc. But we did not think it was worth all the trouble and time.
Written 23 January 2021
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Rishabh A
Bengaluru, India46 contributions
Jan 2021 • Couples
Nothing to see or experience. waste of time and also energy. First walk 2 kms uphill and take stairs then when you reach caves it's a heartbreak.Avoid the visit is my advice
Written 3 January 2021
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Satish Kumar
Chennai (Madras), India30 contributions
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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Kashyap S
Chennai (Madras), India16 contributions
Dec 2020 • Friends
A great hike with a steep climb from the parking to the ticket counter. Past the ticket counter there are steps which lead up to prehistoric caves with inscriptions. The caves is around 1000 meters above sea level, and the view is excellent.
Be ready to get a great cardio workout and would not be advisable for small kids or people with asthma.
There is a separate climb up by modern steps ... making it easier.
Definitely a must if in Wayanad.
Written 25 December 2020
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