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Edakkal Caves - unbelievable

Edakkal Caves - unbelievable

Edakkal Caves are situated about 16 km from Sulthan Bathery and tourists have to trek up the Ambukuthi Hill to reach the caves. The cave is formed by an enormous boulder straddling a massive fissure in a gigantic rock, creating a covered space that is 96 feet long, 22 feet wide and 30 feet high. Edakkal Caves, which still remain a wonder and a mystery for archaeologists and historians alike.

There are many legends associated with the gigantic fissure at Edakkal. People believe that Lord Rama, one of the earlier visitors of this area, shot an arrow which pierced the mountain and created a deep cleft there.

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Edakkal is the only known place for stone age carvings in South India.  The carvings belonging to Neolithic and Mesolithic Age include ancient stone scripts, ancient weaponry figures, symbols, figures of various animals and human beings etc. The rock surface is full of linear motifs and one can see weird shaped figures, crosses, triangles, tridents, squares, stars, wheels, spirals, plant motifs, pot shaped items, various animals and human figures.  Many of the human figures have raised hair, some have masked faces and all these figures are eye-catching and have archaeological significance. Apart from these pictorial carvings, ancient inscriptions including a Tamil Brahmi script have been identified from the caves.

Getting there

Nearest railway station: Kozhikode (97 kilometers from Sulthan Bathery)  

Nearest airport: Karipur International Airport (23 kilometers from Kozhikode)

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