Meghalaya: Caves Are Calling, Will You Answer?

Meghalaya: Caves Are Calling, Will You Answer?
The breathtaking Mawmluh Cave in Cherrapunji, Meghalaya, India, Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Meghalaya, the abode of cloud, just got turned into a very hot and happening adventure (caving) destination in India

Precious Kamei
September 19 , 2019
04 Min Read
You can almost touch the clouds in Meghalaya. The state didn't get its name 'Meghalaya' for nothing. The year-round heavy precipitation, rolling mists and pleasant weather has always attracted visitors to the state, especially Shillong and Cherrapunjee. They say food is great, music even greater, people and communities are generous and kind. What about nature? Meghalaya is a beautiful state with cool climate, rolling meadows with smattering of pine here and there, much to a photographer's delight. The state is perfect for a leisure traveller, but what about adventure enthusiasts? Get this, it's even better for adventure lovers. Here we are talking about some serious adrenaline rush for they have caves! Yes, you got that right, Meghalaya is great for caving enthusiasts. The Jaintia, Khasi and Garo Hills of Meghalaya are home to about 1580 cave locations, out of which there are 980 caves that have been fully or partially explored. With a total of 30, 957 m in length, Krem Liat Prah in Jaintia Hills holds the title of the longest cave in both Meghalaya and India. In local Khasi dialect a cave is called Krem.

Let's look at five of these awesome Krems in Meghalaya and wish for an adrenaline rush so strong that the best thing you do today is book a trip to Meghalaya for that great caving holiday that your adventurous soul needs. Go Caving!

Krem Mawkhyrdop or Krem Mawmluh
Inside Mawmluh Cave in Cherrapunji, MeghalayaLocated in Mawmluh village, Krem Mawmluh is one of Cherrapunji's major attractions. The cave is over seven kilometres long and has a pool inside! Exploring this cave would mean exploring the fourth longest cave in the Indian subcontinent. Beautifully gnarly rock formations and stalagmites make this cave a popular destination.

Krem Dam
Krem Dam is located in the beautiful village of Mawsynram. If pretty regular precipitation isn't too bothersome for you, exploring this cave would be a great idea. With an entrance 30 metres wide, this cave is impressive. Don't believe us? Go see for yourself and while you are at it, ask the locals about any archery competition taking place that day. If you are lucky, you will be able to see village men, young and old, engaged in a friendly archery competition. It's a huge crowd puller.

Beautiful view of a sacred grove in MawsynramAnd if you are feeling religious-y, Krem Mawjymbuin might be just the cave for you. It lies just half a kilometre before reaching Mawsynram. With an entrance chamber measuring 50 metres wide and four metres high, this one 's pretty big too. Stalactite and Stalagmite have formed resembling a shivlinga. 

Mawsmai Cave
Narrow entrance of Mawsmai Cave in Cherrapunji, Meghalaya
Inside Mawsmai CaveNot too far away from Sohra, near Bangladesh border, this one's a scenic one. Beautiful scenery welcomes you as you head towards the cave and once you are there you will stand face to face with a well-lit cave. You don't need a guide to explore this cave.

Krem Liat Prah
The picture-perfect Jaintia HillsThis one's in Jaintia Hills and is also the longest natural cave in India. It is the longest natural cave in India. One of the passages called Aircraft Hangar is immensely impressive. It's current length is 25 kilometres but is expected to be more when full exploration is done. You see, the cave is connected to other neighbouring caves as well. This one's one giant cave system that should be on your adventure bucket list. 

Synrang-Pamiang
Which is India's third longest cave? This one is. A total of 14,157 metre-long passage of this cave system has been explored so far. Synrang-Pamiang is a burst of colours. The formations inside the cave has got an unearthly beautiful shade of orange, red, black, grey, blue, green and white. The cave floor of the 'Titanic Hall' chamber is a speckled beauty with cave-pearls everywhere.
 
Siju Cave
Unique formations inside Siju Cave
Siju Cave explorersThis one's in Garo Hills and a quite popular one. Siju is a bat cave with some very attractive stalagtite and stalagmite. Princess Di's Chamber is a popular section of the cave with these said beautiful formations.

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The Author has obviously never visited most of the described caves. The description is often wrong or misguiding and the data is out of date. The risks and dangers of visiting caves (except show caves and easy guided tours) are ignored. This is no way to present cave adventure to the public - superficial journalism of the worst kind. Comment by: Thomas Arbenz, Leader/Organizer of Caving in the Abode of Clouds Project (Exploration and Documentation of the caves of Meghalaya since 1992).
Thomas Arbenz September 21 , 2019

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