Wednesday, June 7, 2017

EDAKKAL CAVES - VISIT

Sunday , 28th  May 2017


It is in the morning 10am we reached the bottom of the Ambukuthi hill, the bottom of the Edakkal Caves. We never knew that we have climb a natural structure of 4000 ft up a mountain to reach the place,It is still wonder and mystery for archaeologists and historians.




Initially, the path is climbing uphill on a road, after a few minutes, you start gasping, which needs you to sit, After relaxing, continue the uphill journey for about half hour, when you reach a entrance gate, where you pay a nominal fee for the entrance ticket (Rs 30.00). Further you start climbing the hill on natural steps, sitting for few minutes and then continuing. To reach the top, you have climb up on steel steps, and railings were of great help.The lush greenery and the scenic landscape and the cool breeze that carry the aroma of coffee will make your journey unforgettable one.




Edakkal, means "a stone in between", one boulder miraculously wedged in between two bigger ones to create a cave. It is the fissure of the rocks which had been created due to natural causes/changing climatic conditions. The split in the rock is about 22 ft in width and 96 ft in length. The depth of the cleft extends to over 30 ft and there is large rock which has fallen forming a roof over it and this large cleft and the roof rock gives appearance of a cave.





The rock surface is full of linear motifs and weird shaped figures, crosses, triangle, squares, wheels various animal and human figures. Apart from these pictorial carvings, ancient inscriptions have been identified. It is the only known place for stone age carvings in South India, believed to be as old as 7000 years, belonging to Neolithic and Mesolithic Age include stone scripts.


After spending about 20 minutes, it is time to climb down the steps and the hill enjoying the scenery and watching the landscape.

It is like experience the venue of stone age, which still exists.

Written Thursday 8th June 2017




2 comments:

  1. Very nice! You are awesome that you climbed till the top. Great stuff.

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