India offers an impressive range of caves scattered throughout the country. Indian caves provide an unusual and wonderful experience which never fails to amaze the visitors. Dating back to thousands years old, Caves are embodiment of architectural masterpiece in India. Caving in India is an adventure into the pre-historic times and should not be missed while on a tour to India. Some of the caves have got big recognition while some of them are still vying for attention. Here I have listed some of those underrated caves that are gradually becoming popular to be visited by tourist all over the country and across the globe.
Mawsmai Cave, Shillong
Located at the town of Cherrapunji in India, Mawsmai Cave is the only lit cave in the Indian region of Meghalaya. Mawsmai Cave is a complex of limestone caves with a large number of stalagmites and stalactites. Some of them are cover with special crystals that glitter marvelously. A part of the ceiling has fallen of so sun can get in to a part of the cave. It is one of the growing popular tourist destinations of the region of Meghalaya. Some of the major tourist destination and must visit spot around the town’s surroundings are Mawsynram, Manas National Park, Kaziranga National Park, Nohkalikai Falls, Mawiymbuin caves.
Vallam Caves, Chennai
About 56 km from Chennai, very close to Chengalpattu, lies the Vallam caves. Built in the time of Pallava King Mahendra Varman, theses cave temples are carved out of giant rocks. The caves also contain some of the oldest inscriptions dated between AD 610 and 675. 3 Caves stand on a small hillock. The caves can easily be accessed by a flight of steps from the base of the hill. The main cave is litter larger than the other two and Dwarpalaks stand at the entrance of all the 3 caves.
Bedsa Caves, Lonavala
70 km away from Pune, Bedsa caves are one of the most old in Maharashtra. Situated very close to the region of Kamshet on the Mumbai to Pune road, these caves are located around the city if Khandala. The caves are known for their pillars that are adorned with the image of lions. It also contains a Chaitya hall having spacious rooms. Prayer hall of the caves get plenty of sunshine. Bedsa caves are well-maintained by the tourism department of Maharashtra. The caves are popular for their splendid architecture and are getting growing number of tourist across the country annually.
Edakkal Caves, Wayanad
Nestled at an altitude of 1,200 metres above sea level on Ambukutty Mala, 25 km from Kalpetta in the Wayanad district of kerala in India’s Western Ghats, Edakkal Caves is assumed to have been inhabited at various stages in history. These caves feature 3 distinct sets of petroglyphs, with the earliest believed to date back to more than 5000 years. The cave is on 2 levels. The caves were accidentally discovered by Fred Fawcett, a police official of the erstwhile Malabar state in 1890 who instantly recognized their historical and anthropological importance. He later wrote an article about them to popularize the cave among the scholars and tourists.
Kedareshwar Cave, Kalyan
Located about 86 km from the kalyan city in Maharashtra, the huge Kedareshwar cave-temple sits within the the ramparts of Harishchandragad Fort, to the right of Harishchandreshwar temple. The cave houses a Shiva lingam surrounded by chilling waist deep water. The temple stands just on a single pillar as out of 4 supporting pillars 3 is broken. According to the belief of the local legends, when the fourth pillar breaks, the world will come to an end.