Ambukuthi mala

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Ambukuthi mala is a mountain in the Wayanad district of Kerala, India. It is 12 km from Sulthan Bathery and near Ambalavayal. Three pre-historic caves (Edakkal Caves) are located at a height of 1,000 metres on Ambukuthi mala. You have to get down at Edakkal and walk 1 km to reach these caves. These caves are believed to be formed as a result of an earthquake and the name is derived from the rock that is supported in between other larger rocks (Edai + Kal = rock in between). One can see the Old and New Stone Age pictorial writings on the walls of these natural caves.

The cave drawings are at least 7000 years old and still older as they are from different periods, and depict pictures of ancient tribal kings, queens, other chieftains, elephants and other animals. A less ancient script from the 4th or 3rd century BC is also seen in the caves which is better conserved.

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