Caving in Meghalaya

Jowai, dotted with limestone caves and cave temples, has ample opportunity for caving. Jowai also boasts of having the oldest monolith sculptures in the region. Naritiang also offers some of the finest impressive megaliths. Some of the important caves in the Jayantia Hills are Krem Umlawan, Krem Kotsati, Krem Lashinng and Krem Umshangktat. Each one of the caves has something unique to offer. Do not miss out on the caves of Cherrapunji. Carry your camera and packaged drinking water. The deepest and longest of the caves in South Asia are located in Meghalaya.

When lost, do not panic. It is important not to feel claustrophobic when crawling through narrow crevices. Though dark and mysterious, strangely some of the caves in Meghalaya have large halls, huge pools of crystal clear waters and formations that are absolutely indescribable. One needs to delve deep to actually see the beauty that lies hidden inside the caves. A significant feature of the caves in Meghalaya is that it supports an active life. Deprived of the sun’s rays, the creatures inhabiting the caves have evolved in time to adapt to the surroundings. A fine example would be of the cavefish, which has no eyes. In the caves exist spiders with fist-sized bodies and legs, which when spread out would match a dinner plate’s circumference. Then there are centipedes, millipedes, crabs, prawns and even albino fish. This variety of “blind” fish found only in a few caves in the state has even developed “special antennae” to navigate through some of the river systems existing inside the caves. The longest river system stretches to nearly 800 metres. Some caves like the Krem Lymbit in Ri Bhoi district are known for various species of bats.

Carry along torch, spare batteries, camera and a guide map of the cave you are visiting.

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