Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Edakkal Caves.

This July, I went to have a look at the Edakkal caves. Located in the breathtakingly picturesque Wayanad district of Kerala,  these caves are about 1,200 m above sea level. 

There are 2 caves - the lower and the higher cave. They were formed when an earthquake split open a huge rock. The first picture below shows a gorge in the cave wall, and the second picture is that of the roof of the higher cave. 
Gorge in the cave wall.

Roof of the higher cave
To reach the caves, we walk up a long road, and climb a series of steps and intermediate boulders to reach the lower cave. From there, it's another series of boulders to the higher cave. But the climb is so totally worth it. The surrounding scenery adds to the exhilaration of the climb.

The higher caves walls have pictorial representations dating to 6000 BC, indicating the presence of Neolithic men in these caves. The mural carvings seem to have served as a journal of their day to day life. In addition, there are also writings in the ancient Sanskrit and Tamil/Malayalam script. 

Mural carvings on the higher cave wall.

Ancient Sanskrit and Tamil/Malayalam script.

The Phantom rock seen from the entrance to the higher cave.
In the above image, the "phantom rock" refers to a tiny rock structure that is jutting out behind the closest mountain range. It's a naturally constructed structure. The structure consists of a sequence of boulders one above the other. (Google "Phantom Rock Wayanad").


Bikram said...

hmmm seems you had a good time .. reminded me last year I had gone to wales and went to this underground slate caves .. had a good time

and good to see a post after a long time


Avada Kedavra said...

I have heard about these rocks before but never got to visit them or look at their pictures. Sounds interesting.

Renu said...

I can enjoy them in your blog only because I am afraid of going in caves and cant climb even:(

Anonymous said...

hi deepa, happy onam . hows life in toronto ?

Anonymous said...

happy marriage anniversary :) lets plan for coffee to celebrate :)