Land of the Ancients

This walk explores one of the lesser known parts of interior Wayanad - the highlight being a cave with petroglyphs dating back several thousand years


~3hrs | Hike | Easy, Family Friendly | All Year | East Wayanad

We set off at the base of a hill carpeted with tea, and follow the tea estate tracks to a ridge. Being a relatively less populated area, birds of all kinds abound, and the rocky terrain is also home to porcupines. Once at the ridge, we continue uphill until the main track runs out. This is a great view point offering lovely views of the surrounding countryside.

We then plunge into the jungle and make our way downhill for a bit – the last section is a little steep. But the exertions are well worth it – at the bottom is a rock shelter with petroglyphs that date back thousands of years. The similarities to the nearby and much more famous Edakkal Caves are obvious. While the shelter is yet to be scientifically investigated, it is very likely that there was some connection to Edakkal. After spending some time here, we retrace our steps to the ridge. We now have an option to either return to the start point, or get our vehicles to pick us up from a tea estate bungalow about a kilometre ahead.

For groups, we also organize fun adventure activities such as rappelling and team building activities