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How to Reach Eddakal Caves in Wayanad

Visit the pre-historic Edakkal Caves to experience the best of nature and history
Eddakal Caves In Wayanad

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How to Reach Eddakal Caves in Wayanad

The Edakkal Caves are located on the top of Ambukutty Mala, in Wayanad. They are located around 28 km from Kalpetta, 14 km from Sulthan Bathery, and 6 km from Ambalavalayal. The Edakkal Caves are among the top tourist destination in Wayanad.

The Edakkal Caves are located at an altitude of 4000 feet.  Auto, cars, and buses may be available from Sulthan Bathery, Ambalavalayal, and Kalpetta to the Edakkal Caves in Wayanad. The nearest railway stations are the Nilambur Road Railway Station which is  38 km away from Edakkal Caves and Kozhikode which is 97 km from Sultan Bathery. The nearest airport is the Calicut International Airport which is located 23 km from Kozhikode. If you are traveling by road you can take the Pinangode road on the Kozhikode-Mysore-Kollegal highway then enter the  Kolagappara-Ambalavayal road.

The route towards the Edakkal Caves in Wayanad goes through beautiful landscapes and sights. The trek up the hill is filled with coffee plantations and will take you around forty-five minutes to reach on top of the hill. The tickets to the Edakkal Caves can be taken from the remote ticket office which is perched high on the top of the mountain. The authorities literally open an iron gate for its visitor to enter the magnificent caves.

The Edakkal Caves in Wayanad may not be the best place for the elderly to visit. A trek for an hour and a half may be needed to reach the gates of the cave. To reach the end destination one has to go through a 1.5 km uphill trek from the parking area below to the top. One has to climb more than 300 steps to enter this stone age site.

The visiting time for the Edakkal Caves in Wayanad is from morning 9:30 to evening 4:30. During this time the lower parts of Ambukutty hills can be reached via the bus and car services available. Jeeps are made available by the DTPC which would leave you to the mid parts of the hill. The entry price of the cave is almost free. It is between 10 to 20 rupees for Indian nationals and 40 rupees for foreigners.


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What is considered the off-season in Kerala?

The off season in Kerala is from April to May, during which time it is too humid for comfort. The monsoon season here is from June to August.

What to pack for Kerala?

With most airlines imposing a 20 kg limit on baggage, one must make sure to not bring excess baggage. Sunscreen and mosquito repellant are a must have, apart from airy cotton apparels and comfortable footwear. Also make sure that you leave enough space in your bags for taking back home souvenirs from the state.

Are there any restrictions on photography in Kerala?

Some temples in Kerala do not allow photography of the idols and the temple premises. Also, Indian government prohibits photography of bridges and hydroelectric projects in the state