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#6 Exploring caves of India

April 2023



Okay, this travel idea is a bit different than what you would have heard from anyone and requires you to go underground. I am talking about exploring caves as sort of an adventure travel idea. And yes, we do have many caves in India. 

You must be thinking I am crazy for suggesting this idea but exploring a cave can be an exhilarating and unforgettable experience, making it a thrilling travel idea. Caves offer a glimpse into a world largely hidden from us and are often filled with fascinating things to explore.

When you enter a cave, you are stepping into a mysterious and almost otherworldly environment, kind of like a different universe with its own environment and its own flora/fauna. The darkness and quietness can be both intimidating and thrilling, and it’s easy to feel as though you are on an adventure, exploring a place that few others have ever seen.

I remember my first experience of visiting a cave near Bangaluru some 6 years ago. I was in the city for work and extended my visit to the weekend. While searching the internet for things to do, I stumbled upon Belam Caves in the Nandyala district of Andhra Pradesh (approx 3 hours drive from Bangaluru). It is the second-largest cave system in India. It was an impromptu plan but eventually evolved into an adventure of a lifetime for me. Though I am claustrophobic, I did not feel uncomfortable inside the cave as, in many places, they had pipes installed for air circulation. Another good thing was no plastic rule authorities had implemented. This ensured no garbage inside the caves. 

Exploring Belam caves was nothing short of an adventure for me. It felt like one of those movies where you entire such intricate natural wonders to find some hidden truth about the world. Though I did not find the purpose of our civilisation there, the limestone formations, long passages, and a spiral stairway down to the lower level kept my excitement at peak all the time. 

Caves can also be a treasure trove of ancient & cultural artefacts and hold a unique story of their formation & existence to this day. Many caves were used as shelter by early humans, and exploring these sites can provide a fascinating glimpse into the lives of our ancestors.

Exploring a cave can be an incredible and memorable experience. Whether you are a seasoned adventurer or simply looking for a unique travel idea, a cave expedition would surely provide a sense of wonder and excitement that will stay with you for years. Just be sure to go with a reputable guide and follow all safety precautions, as caves can be tricky at times, and you must not be over adventurous inside, especially if that cave calls for hiring a guide. Carry a small torch for additional light, bottled water (not the plastic bottle), and read above the cave before your visit.

And if you too are interested in exploring caves, you must visit Meghalaya. It is home to the largest cave system in India. This is on my wishlist too. 

Until next month



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