Ambukuthi mala

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Ambukuthi mala
Carvings inside Edakkal Caves

Ambukuthi mala (Malayalam: അമ്പുകുത്തി മല)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. 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). Some Old and New Stone Age pictorial writings can be seen 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.[1] A less ancient script from the 4th or 3rd century BC is also seen in the caves which is better conserved.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archaeologists rock solid behind Edakkal Cave". The Hindu. 28 October 2007. Retrieved 19 September 2010. 


Coordinates: 11°37′47″N 76°14′02″E / 11.6298°N 76.2340°E / 11.6298; 76.2340