Meghalaya, also known as the abode of clouds, is one of the most beautiful, yet least-explored states in India. Dotted with great hills and valleys, here you can find the wonders of Mother Nature, such as lakes, waterfalls, rivers and most importantly the great caves. Of the ten deepest caves in India, the first nine are within those intricately present hills of Meghalaya.
So, if you are an explorer seeking to explore some majestic caves, Meghalaya is where you should go. Here is the list of a few major caves to explore in Meghalaya.
Major Caves To Explore In Meghalaya
Krem Liat Prah
Krem Liat Prah is the longest cave in Meghalaya, about 34 kilometres long. One reason why it has turned out to be the longest cave is that, the deeper this cave was explored, other caves in the region were found to be linked to this cave. Exploration of this cave is still going on and the researchers are expecting many more caves to be connected to this cave.
So, if cave exploration is what you love, Krem Liat Prah is definitely a cave you shouldn't miss out. Once you are inside the boundaries of Krem Liat, do not forget to explore the most dominant feature, the Aircraft Hangar, which is an enormous trunk passage.
Mawsmai Cave is one of the most beautiful caves in Meghalaya and a major crowd-puller. It is the cave in Meghalaya that is lit brightly, so the visitors can actually look around and be spellbound by the natural formations of the cave.
Although this cave is pretty long, only 150 metres of this cave is open for visitors. Just like many other caves in Meghalaya, there are yet many things to be discovered about this cave. If you want to see what's inside Mawsmai Cave and admire the beauty of the deep cave with the help of natural light, this cave is your only option in Meghalaya.
Siju cave is the third longest cave in India and is filled with water. This limestone cave is home to various species of fauna and flora, such as Opilionida, Schizomida, Diplopoda, Decapoda, Isopoda, Entomobryomorpa and many different insects. It is also a home to some rare bat species. So, if rare species are your thing, Siju Cave is definitely a place for you.
Krem Kotsati is the second longest cave in India with 25 different entrances. One amazing thing about this cave is that you need to swim in order to enter it as it is filled with water, making it one of the most exciting places to explore. It measures about 21.5 kilometres and consists of some virgin river passages. So, if you think you can endure the adventure of both water and caves at the same time, Krem Kotsati is just the right cave for you.
Best Season To Visit
Even though these caves are accessible throughout the year, it is advisable to visit Meghalaya for caving during the summer season, when the temperature is favourable, letting you go on your adventures. If you don't want to get uncomfortable with the waist-high water while caving, then avoid visiting these caves during the monsoon season.