Edakkal Caves

The Emerald Green Backwaters

Wildlife Sanctuary Nature Sightseeing Flora and Fauna

The Edakkal Caves are two natural caves at the remote location of Edakkal which is roughly 25 km from Kalpetta in the Wayanad in the Western Ghats.

  • Edakkal is an undeveloped village and the villagers are not modernised. Don’t interfere into their lives or take photographs without consent.
  • Do not enter the Caves or nearby Plantations without taking prior permission
  • Travel on bikes or private vehicles with your fuel tanks filled. You may not be lucky enough to find petrol bunks as frequent as in towns.

  • Nearest Railway station: Kozhikode Railway Station, 97 km by road from Sulthan Bathery.
  • Nearest Airport: Calicut International Airport, Kozhikode, nearly 120 km from Sulthan Bathery.

  • Cool climate and hill station ambience
  • Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Sanctuary Jeep Safari

What is the best time to visit Edakkal?

Thabore is best to visit during the season from July to May.

Is public transportation available to Edakkal?

Yes, there are public transport buses that connect Edakkal to Sulthan Bathery.

Does Edakkal have accommodation facilities?

Yes, there are hotels available in Edakkal and Sulthan Bathery that offer great food and hospitality.

  • Languages Spoken: Malayalam, English.
  • Cave Trails can be experienced between 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Local Guides and Jeep Safaris are available on request at standard prices.

Detail Description

Edakkal caves are famous for its pictorial paintings (cave paintings), which are considered to be of 6000 B C. To reach the caves, one has to trek through the Ambukutty Mala. It will take around 45 minutes to climb the hill and you will never get disappointed in your trip to these historic caves.


Location Map


Edakkal is Kerala’s connection to an ancient legacy in the land of Parasurama! The name ‘Edakkal’ literally translates to 'a stone in between'. Tourists can understand the etymology when they visit, as it appears that one great boulder, wedged between two bigger stones, formed a cave. Scientists also believe this is not a 'cave' in the conventional sense of the word. It is a fissure in the rocks that occurred due to natural calamities and climate change. The split in the rock is 22 ft. in width and 96 ft. in length. The depth of the cleft is over 30 ft. and there is a large rock forming a roof over it. This is what gives it the appearance of a cave.


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