PALAKKAD: The Geo-Heritage Archaeological Research Centre here has proposed that the State Tourism Department make Kollengode a heritage village.
Director of the centre V. Sanal Kumar, in his proposal to the government, said research has identified a large number of archaeological sites in and around Kollengode.
The findings include Palaeolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic, Megalithic and early historical sites and artefacts. They also comprise rock engravings, stone inscriptions, sculptures, hero stones, ruined shrines and so on from various periods.
Prehistoric sites such as nearly 50 natural rock shelters and caves in mountain valleys with streams and along river valleys with archaeological and anthropological potential have been identified. Neolithic and Megalithic habitation sites with artefacts have also been discovered.
The tribal groups of the area, which can be traced back to the Megalithic period, still talk in primitive dialects.