Edakkal Caves is situated at Nenmeni, Kerala. Discovered on a hunting trip by Fred Fawcett in 1890, the Edakkal Caves have tremendous archeological importance. Carvings on the cave walls have been dated back to the Neolithic era. Most of these carvings have survived the onslaught of time and the figures depicting humans and animals are as clear as the day they were etched. The name Edakkal means ‘stone in between’ in the local language and describes the caves perfectly. Set on two levels, the cave is formed due to a boulder that sits across a cleft in the rocks. A small opening takes you to the first cave. The opposite wall bears an opening that becomes a passage leading to the second cave. Much larger in size that the first, the second cave literally rests on the first.
To reach the caves you need to walk about a kilometer up the hill. A chapel with carvings on the walls, depicting stories from the Bible and a small outlet for tea and coffee are the only habitation that you find on the way up to the caves. An iron ladder resting on moss covered rocks leads you to the caves. A place you must visit when in this part of the country.
|Entry Fee||Rs.20 and Rs.100 per camcorder|
|Photography||Rs.25 per still camera|
|Timings||10 AM to 5 PM, Monday Closed|
|Visit Duration||2 to 3 hours|