Caves - Meghalaya

Caves can be dark and frightening, but they can be a lot of fun too. Exploring them provides a sense of excitement you can not relish unless you are picking your way through their dark, murky interiors.The numerous natural caves all over Meghalaya are a special attraction for tourists.A few of them are even the longest you can find in the Indian Sub-continent .You find them in the East Khasi Hills, Jaintia Hills and the South Garo Hills.

East Khasi Hills Jaintia Hills South Garo Hills Packaged Tour

Caves in East Khasi Hills

Cherrapunjee (Sohra) - 56kms from Shillong,the capital of Meghalaya, situated in one of the rainest rain belt in the world, 1,300 metres above sea level. A pleasant drive to see roaring water falls leaping into deep gorges, including the famed Nohsngithiang falls. The lovely town is also famous for its limestone caves and orange honey. Centre of Khasi culture and literature, it also has the oldest Presbyterian Church and also an establishment of the Ramkrishna Mission.

KREM MAWMLUH : The cave is situated aproximately half a kilometre west of Cherrapunjee adjacent to the small hamlet of Mawmluh. This cave has a five river passage with impressive proportions. With a length of 4503m it is currently the 4th longest in the Indian sub continent.

KREM PHYLLUT : Situated in village Mawsmai, south of Cherrapunjee. The cave has a large section of fossil passage, two stream ways and three entrances. Length : 1003m.

KREM SOH SHYMPI (Mawlong, E. Khasi Hills) : It has a large pothole entrance of 20m deep. The cave passage is very large with numerous formations at one end. Length : 760m.

MAWSYNRAM - Distance : 58 kms from Shillong.

KREM DAM : It is the largest sandstone cave in the Indian sub-continent. It has a very large entrance with a stream entering the cave and running down its main passage. Length : 1297 m.

Caves in Jaintia Hills

Jowai , headquarters of the Jaintia Hills district is situated 64 kms from Shillong, along the Shillong-Silchar national highway. A picture esque town circled by the majestic Myntdu river.In the village of Lumshnong, 60kms from Jowai there are numerous caves in and around the vicinity.South of Jowai, there are caves in the villages of Amlarem, Pdengshakap, Syndai and Nongtalang.Syndai village is dotted with a number of caves and caverns, used as hide-outs during war times between Jaintia kings and foreign intruders.

KREM UM-LAWAN : A beautiful cave of the Eocene Age with an upper fossil passage and a lower active passage, it has numerous cataracts and waterfalls. It is presently the longest (6381m) and deepest(106.8m) cave in the indian sub-continent.

KREM KOTSATI : This cave has 8 entrances with the main entrance through a deep pool. Portions of the beautiful river passage have to be traverse by swimming or by using inflatable rubber boat. Length : 3650m.

KREM UMSHANGKTAT : The entrance passage of 350 metres offers a comfortable stroll on moist sand. The last stretch requires a mild climb across fallen limestone blocks and debris to reach the collapse doline of the upper entrance. By the collapse there is a belly crawl passage which eventually terminates in a sizeable chamber. Length : 955m.

KREMLASHINNG (Pdengshakap, 37 kms from Jowai: A massive cave measuring 50m wide and 40m high.) Due to the huge amount of sticky and slippery mud in the cave, the best period to visit would be Feb/March. Length : 2650m.

KREM SWEEP (Syndai) : 47 kms from Jowai : The cave is situated just a few minutes walk from behind the village school in a depression. It has beautiful stalactites and stalamites. Length : 970m Caves in South Garo Hills

Garo hills known for its abundance of wild life, should interest naturalist and photographers to capture the facts of life of animals and the flora and fauna. Two mountain ranges- the Arabella range and the Tura range, passage through the Garo Hills , forming the great Balpakram Valley in between. The headquarter town of Tura is 323 kms via Guwahati, at an altitude of 657 metres. The highest point is Nokrek Peak, 1.412 metres.

Tura has a picturesque landscape of hills against a backdrop of low lying plains, with the mighty river Brahmaputra making sweeping curves as it flows towards Bangladesh. A sunset view can be best seen from Tura peak-1,400 metre, its summit can be reached by a five kilometres trek, party by hiking and also rock climbing.

BALPAKRAM : A national wild life park, is about 167kms from tura , also known as the abode of perpetual winds. It is believe that here , the spirits of of the dead dwell temporarily before embarking on the final journey.

SIJU-DOBKHAKOL : The third longest cave in the Indian sub-continent, it is situated on the bank of the Simsang river just below the village of Siju. It contains some of the finest river passage to be found any where in the world. It is the most researched cave in India and is the home of tens of thousands of bats. Length :4772m.

TETENGKOL-BALWAKOL(Cave of dwarfs with inverted feet): At Nengkhong village, 15 kms from Siju. The small and insignificant circular entrance of 1 metre diametre hides a large cave of 5334m long which is currently the 2nd longest cave in the Indian sub-continent.

DOBHAKOL CHIBE NALA (Nengkhong) : The cave is situated a few hundred metres downstream from Tetengkol-Balwakol on the river Chibe Nala. It is well hidden by a large rock. Length : 1978m

BOK BAK DOBHAKOL (Nengkhong, Rongdik Nala) : A rather complex cave which would seem to be an intermittently active river sink. During wet weather the cave floods to the roof. Length : 1051m. Package for Cave Tours of Syndai, Lumshnong, Cherrapunji, Siju

This package envisages a total coverage of all aspects of the tour from the point of checkout at Borjhar Airport on arrival till the point of check-in for departure.

Specialised guides will receive the groups on arrival equipped with snacks cold drinks and beverages along with mineral water in well appointed vehicles.

Food, Stay and transport for the whole stay is covered.The pattern of the stay during the tour is as follows :

a. Syndai (3 Nights)

b. Lumshnong (4 Nights)

c. Cherrapunji (3 Nights)

d. SIJU (5 Nights)

Also included is a tour of either Shillong or Cherrapunji. Package rates for four persons (twin sharing) for the following locations may be obtained from Meghalaya Adventurer's Association; c/o Hotel Centrepoint Shillong,
Phone Number: 91-364-225210 and
Fax: 91-364-225293

Meghalaya