While Meghalaya is renowned for its lush landscapes, cascading waterfalls, and unique culture, it’s also a treasure trove of caves waiting to be explored. The more famous ones like Mawsmai Cave and Krem Puri attract hordes of visitors. But the state is home to a plethora of lesser-known caves that are equally captivating. Delve into these lesser-known caves that promise an unforgettable subterranean adventure.
Exploring Lesser-Known Caves In Meghalaya
1. Siju Cave
Know O.N.E. (Our North East)
Siju Water Caves of #Meghalaya are world famous limestone caves carved by with a grand river network interplay.
The cave is located in Garo hills and is also called as Dabokhol, which means the home of the bats in the local dialect. pic.twitter.com/76PtyWKt5l
— My Home India (@MyHomeIndia) February 1, 2022
Nestled within the Garo Hills of Meghalaya, Siju Cave is a mesmerising subterranean world. Moreover, it is one of the longest caves in the Indian subcontinent, stretching over 4.3 kilometres. What makes Siju Cave truly special are its remarkable limestone formations, featuring unique stalactites and stalagmites that have been carved by nature over millennia. The cave is also home to a thriving bat population.
2. Tetengkol Cave
Unlike many of the well-known caves in the region, Tetengkol is a hidden gem, known only to local inhabitants. Its exploration demands a certain level of caving expertise, as it is mostly uncharted and largely untouched. The cave’s pristine interiors are adorned with striking formations, but it remains a place for the intrepid adventurer.
3. Mawjymbuin Cave
Also the Krem Mawjymbun caves near Mawsynram where there is a Shiva-linga inside the cave.
The scientific explanation will favour a stalagmite column-but stalagmites are usually of irregular shape. This one isn’t… pic.twitter.com/IxfUSzGC0p
— Tathagata Roy (@tathagata2) May 16, 2019
Mawjymbuin Cave offers an otherworldly experience. While this cave is relatively small, the soft glow of the light on the stalactite structure creates a serene and mystical atmosphere that attracts devotees and tourists alike.
4. Krem Liat Prah
— Jitendra Jain (@JitendraJain_) July 30, 2017
Are you familiar with Krem Liat Prah? It’s not just a cave; it’s the longest Natural Cave in South Asia! This 34-kilometre cave features a large room known as the “Aircraft Hangar,” and its enigmatic passageways are renowned as an underground adventure playground for thrill-seekers.
5. A•sak Kol
‘A•sak Kol’ is derived from the name of the village ‘Eman A•sakgre’ (‘Kol’ means cave).
Although the Garo Hills region has not been thoroughly explored, it offers tremendous potential.
The stalagmites and stalactites of A•sak Kol cave are very spectacular. However, there are… pic.twitter.com/2wts81pVcV
— Meghalaya Tourism (@meghtourism) September 4, 2023
The Garo Hills region has a lot of potential, despite not having been fully explored. The A•sak Kol cave features some amazing stalactites and stalagmites. There are, however, certain spiral maze-like passageways that are difficult to travel and should be avoided.
6. Krem Blang
Krem Blang is a hidden jewel in the Jaintia Hills, where God’s exquisite and delicate creativity flourishes beneath the surface. Explore every nook and crevice that the limestone formation has shaped and moulded over the years, and be left in amazement.
7. Synrang Pamiang Cave
The Synrang Pamiang Cave is a relatively small yet captivating cave system. It’s characterised by its intricate limestone formations, creating an ethereal environment within. The cave is adorned with delicate formations, some resembling curtains and others taking on surreal shapes. It’s a cave that speaks to the artist within, with its natural sculptures serving as a canvas for imagination.
8. Arwah Cave
Explore the mysterious Arwah Caves in #Cherrapunjee known for its million-year-old fossils, limestone structures and stalagmite and stalactite formations. Stay amazed! #Meghalaya #IncredibleIndia @tourismgoi pic.twitter.com/szqJ0sgSjV
— Incredible!ndia (@incredibleindia) April 14, 2019
Located in Sohra, admire the fossilised riches found in Arwah Cave, which include fish bones and crustacean shells from long ago. Arwah Cave may be reached via a really lovely stroll that winds through dense foliage and is attractively designed.
9. Krem Chympe
Krem Chympe is India’s 5th longest cave located in Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya. It is a resurgence cave located at the head of a 50 meter high waterfall.The World’s biggest cavefish was discovered in Krem Chympe.
— Life in the Northeast India (@in_northeast) April 11, 2021
Krem Chympe is an absolutely breathtaking natural amphitheatre. The enormous entrance to this cave is breathtaking. It is surrounded by ferns and jade green flora, and it shimmers in the sunlight as numerous water droplets fall into the blue pools below.
So, which of these caves are you heading to first for your adventure?
Cover image credits: X/Meghalaya Tourism
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