Bill and Sue-On Hillman:
A 50-Year Musical Odyssey
HILLMAN INDIA ADVENTURE
South India: Gallery 8
BASE CAMP BELOW THE CAVES
Preparing to Climb to the
PHOTO GALLERIES and TRAVEL NOTES
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The Edakkal caves are located in the Ambukuthi
Hills in North Kerala.
We reached the lower part of the Ambukutty hills by
bus -- sort of a base camp to prepare visitors for the +1 km hike along
the mountain trail to the caves. Thriving businesses have sprung up at
the beginning of this trail to the caves: tourist attractions, souvenir
and craft shops, lodging, food kiosks, etc.
The name ‘Edakkal’ literally means ‘a stone in between’.
The 'cave' was formed by a heavy boulder straddling a fissure in the rock.
There are many legends behind the formation of Edakkal caves. One of the
stories is that these caves were formed with the arrows fired by Lava and
Kusha, the sons of Lord Sri Rama. Another one is associated with Kutti
Chathan and the Goddess Mudiampilly. The local people used to have a pilgrimage
trip to this place to honour the Goddess.
RIDE TO THE EDAKKAL CAVES
ARRIVAL AT THE TOWN
The Start of the Long Trail
to the Caves
THE HIKE BEGINS
GROTTO OF ST. GEORGE
Catholic Grotto Along the
CARRYING ON UP THE TRAIL
Bill Poses With A Local Family
Hike to the Caves
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