Why Edakkal Caves Exert a Pull on the Tourists

Edakkal caves in North Kerala are regarded as one of the oldest centres of human inhabitation. They depict nature’s skill and theories on architecture. Wayanad is one of the most famous places of South India.

The blossoming, lovely district of Wayanad boasts of many extremely picturesque scenes in India. Nestled in the Western Ghats, the fertile place gets its name from the phrase ‘wayal-nadu’, denotation the land of fields. Misty mountains, gushing waterfalls, calm lakes, lush fields and thick forests make Wayanad an ideal tourist spot.

Sai Gardens, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary Shiva Temple, Ambukuthi Mala Lake, Heritage Museum, Manjapaara Quarry, Phantom Rock are some of the most fascinated places to visit in Wayanad.

However, Edakkal caves have their own importance. Relics of the past are stored in these caves and people who love history found these caves to be very interesting to visit. Wildlife buffs already find South India their loved destination because of the diverse flora and fauna of the South. Due to the availability of so many budget hotels in Wayanad, it has become a favourite of tourists.

Inside the Caves

Many interesting things could be seen inside the caves. Old stone script, the swastik form, pictorial wall engravings of human and animal figures with unusual headdresses signs and cave illustrations of human figures, bows, trees and a lot more can be seen inside the caves. These caves are a miracle and a mystery for many archaeologists and historians alike. All these things link back to the ancient times.


A lot of legends are linked with the enormous crevices at Edakkal. People believe that Lord Rama was one of the former visitors of this region. He shot an arrow which pricked the highland and made a deep cleft there. Local inhabitants link local divinities with the caves and several idols near the caves could be seen.

Linkage to Indus Valley Civilization

In Edakkal Caves about 400 symbols were lately recognized and have significant association with the Indus Valley Civilisation. The main one, “a man with jar cup” representation from Edakkal Caves appears to be more alike the Indus motif than those already recognized from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.