For an adventure junkie, satisfaction is rare to find. It is one of the reasons why they seek introspection on the roads of extremities. One such activity that has been gaining popularity among this crazed cult is caving. There are plenty of caves in India that everyone has heard of; the Ajanta and Ellora caves and the Elephanta caves of Maharashtra are the first names that come to one’s mind. These have been commercialised since inspection of these caves was completed a long time ago. But there are still many caves spread all across India that are waiting to be discovered. Those who like stepping into the unknown don’t need an invitation for this. Here is a guide to destinations appropriate for caving in India.
Krem Liat Prah, Meghalaya
Krem Liat Prah is the longest natural cave in India. An ongoing project called the Abode of the Clouds Expedition in the Shnongrim ridge of the East Jaintia Hills has already monitored about 34 kilometres of this natural cave-system, made up of stalagmite formations. The state of Meghalaya has more than 1500 caves. Less than a fifth of this has been inspected, albeit not entirely. Professional and semi-professional groups have been exploring the East Khasi Hills, South Garo Hills and Jaintia Hills since the beginning of 21st century. The best time to visit is from November to March when the water level inside the caves is at the minimum.
How to get here: The nearest airport is the Shillong International Airport which is 90 kilometres away.
When to visit: November to March