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Edakkal Caves

The cities of Kerala are home to many tourist attractions like monuments,parks,resorts,zoos,spas and other tourist centres and sight seeing places of interest.Kochi is a naval base, Trivandrum is the state capital, Thrissur is the cultural capital while Kottayam with numerous churches and colonial style houses can be dubbed as the Rome of the East, and Wayanad is a tribal region.

Edakkal Caves
A travel tour to Kerala, God's own country showcases a vast variety of architectural and natural marvels at the disposal of a seeking traveler who needs to be informed about attractions like the Edakkal cave treasures. A visit to the caves would reveal them to be the oldest pictographic evidence ever to be found on earth. The Edakkal caves at Wayanad are believed to be one of the earliest centers of human habitation. Being one of the earliest habitations, the Edakkal caves are a window to the endless queries about the evolution and the way of life of human beings. The Edakkal caves are situated on the Ambukuthi hills, the caves are only at a distance of 10 kms. from Sultan Bathery, in Wayanad district. The caves were discovered way back in 1894, by a pre-history enthusiast police superintendent. The caves are at a height of 1000m on the Ambukuthi hills near Ambalavayal. The caves can be reached only after a 1 km. trekking from Eddakal and so the morning hours are the best time to visit the caves. The Edakkal caves have been formed by a large split in a huge rock; the two natural rock formations represent the world's richest pictographic gallery of its kind. The caves contain several paintings and pictorial writings of the New Stone Age Civilization which simply speaks volumes of the bygone life and civilization. It is interesting to note that similar cave drawings, believed to be 7000 years old, are found in the European Alps and also in a few places of Africa.

The name Ambukuthimala is ascribed to the local legend which has it that the caves were formed by arrows fired by Lava and Kush, the sons of Sri Rama, legendary hero of the Ramayana. The 1500-acre of Reserve Forest of Wayanad also houses as many as 200 Stone Age monuments. Down town Ambalavayal has a heritage museum.

Things to do
Things to do in Kerala:

1. Ride a canoe:
Drift along serene waterways in a country craft, enjoy the breeze, answer a cuckoo's call. Wave back at the cheerful village children on the banks. Invite some of them to top in for a ride.

2. Wear jasmine in your hair: Get yourself a string of jasmine - the natural ornament for your hair. You could even pluck them fresh from a garden and string them yourself.

3. Visit the local markets:
Small stalls with fresh vegetables, fruits, fish, chicken. High-pitched salesmen luring you with impossible bargains. Visit these bustling markets, or chandas.

4. Stay in a tree house:

Spend romantic nights in tree houses, washed in the sweet scent of forest flowers. Let the sounds of the forest fill your dreams.

5. Have a mud bath:
Go in for mud therapy and discover its healing properties at the Kavil Bhavan Yoga and Cultural Centre at Nileswaram.
Don't Miss in Kerala
Malabar : Theyyams in the Kannur Kavus. A taste of Kallumakaya and Mappila fish pathiri. Halwa from Sweet Meat Street.

Kochi : The gateway of Judaism, Christianity and Islam in India.Birthplace of Adi Sankaracharya. A walk in St Thomas' footsteps. Bell-metal ware. Bathing in waterfalls.

The Western Ghats : Treks through Sahya Hills. Wildlife viewing from boat. Tea tasting in India's only Tea Museum. Spice shopping at Kumily.

Kuttanad : Backwater Cruise. Kallu, Kappa and Karimeen at Karimpankala. Backwater island.

Travancore : Houseboat-makers village. Late-night Kathakali in Thiruvalla. Elephant Camp at Konni