Visited - April 2017
Not a real cave actually, but nevertheless an exciting one. This was on my Wayanad itinerary. But this can be done alone or combined with other locations around Mysore. First, I want to call out this is not a easy trek or walk right into a cave experience. From the parking area you have to cross three sections to reach here –
A stroll through the street lined with shops,
A strenuous steep slope climb without steps to get you to the ticket counter (also lined with shops and refreshments)
And finally the moderately strenuous steps up to the caves themselves (no refreshments available and plastics are banned in this section).
There are 2 caves, 1 more of an intermediate rugged pass through to the main one.
I found the edakkal (translated loosely – Stone stuck between the rocks) enclosure very interesting. If you just walk in panting and puffing and scan and leave, you haven’t really been there done that. There are some intricate pre historic carvings that adorn the walls of the edakkal caves and you need an experienced guide to enlighten you on this topic. The guides are available and do not demand exorbitant fees unlike other tourist destinations. Do connect with them and get the most of the visit.
Other Views from Edakkal Hill:
Know before you go:
- It is a strenuous multi part trek!
- Guides enhance the experience
- Be there at least 2 hours before closing time (3:45PM approx.)
- Souvenir shops and homestyle food available
- It is hot most of the year, dress appropriately to avoid heat exhaustion
- Sit down restaurants and lodging nearby – Sulthan Bathery and Ambalavayal
- Ambalavayal is a beautiful town and good option for stay. Food options limited
Checkout Nearby: Wayanad, Sulthan Bathery