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 Edakkal Caves

Edakkal Caves

Edakkal literally means ‘The Stone in Between’. During a hunting trip to Wayanad in 1890 Fred Fawcett SP of Malabar unearthed a Neolithic stone axe from a coffee estate which led to his startling discovery of an ancient rock-shelter 1,219 km up the mountain replete with cave drawings. Caves were occupied by different sets of people at different points of time. The simplistic but detailed line drawings belong to the Neolithic Age and date back to 4000 -1700 BC.The images of tribal king, queen; child etc can be easily seen. The second set a little to the right belongs to the Megalithic Age. Cave 2 which is the biggest of the three is 98 ft long, 30 ft wide and 93 ft high.