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- Edakkal Caves also Edakal, are two natural caves at Edakkal, around 120 km south-west of Mysuru, in Wayanad district of Kerala.
- The caves are situated 1,200 m (3,900 ft) above sea level on Ambukuthi Mala, on the Mysore Plateau, in the Western Ghats.
- The Edakkal caves are believed to be camping shelters of the Neolithic community (the south Indian Neolithic culture zone).
- The cave walls contain a collection of Neolithic rock engravings and images (which were incised over a period of time).
- The major part of images on the cave walls may belong to late Neolithic period (i. e., first millennium BC).
- With the exception of Edakkal, no concrete evidence for the existence of a true Neolithic culture in Kerala has so far been discovered.
- The caverns at Edakkal are not technically caves, but rather a cleft, rift or rock shelter, fissure caused by a piece of rock splitting away from the main body.
- On one side of the cleft is a rock weighing several tons that covers the cleft to form the “roof” of the cave.
- Recently a huge crack has developed on the eastern part of Ambukuthi hills, on which the Edakkal caves are situated.
- The crack was exposed after a fire devastated the area a few days ago.
- The crack had formed along a 60 m stretch on the hill slope, the exact cause could be ascertained only after a study by experts.
- The crack would not lead to a landslip during moderate rain, but the possibility of landslips in the area during heavy rain could not be ruled out. [/showhide]