₹2.9-crore project to improve amenities around Edakkal Caves

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Source: The post is based on the article “₹2.9-crore project to improve amenities around Edakkal Caves” published in “The Hindu” on 23rd October 2023

What is the News?

Kerala Tourism has launched a project to improve civic amenities around the Edakkal Caves in Wayanad.

Where is Edakkal Caves?

Located in: Wayanad,Kerala

Hills: The caves are located 3,900 feet above sea level in the Ambukuthi Hills.

Meaning: Edakkal Caves are not actually caves. They are part of a prehistoric rock shelter formed naturally when one huge boulder got wedged between two bigger ones. That’s why the name Edakkal itself means “a stone in between”.

Features: The caves feature Neolithic-era pictorial writings dating back to at least 6,000 BCE. 

– The cave has engravings of human and animal figures besides symbols and letters.

– The Muniyaras or ancient burial sites have been discovered in these caves.This has yielded a rich collection of ancient earthenware and pottery.

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