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HILLMAN INDIA ADVENTURE
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South India: Gallery 8
BASE CAMP BELOW THE CAVES
Preparing to Climb to the Caves
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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. 

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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 Trail



 


CARRYING ON UP THE TRAIL
Bill Poses With A Local Family


Hike to the Caves

GALLERY 08
JOURNEY TO EDAKKAL CAVES

1. Base Camp  ::  2. Edakkal Caves :: 3. Outtakes


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