Explore the Magical Caves in Cherrapunji

Nestled amidst the ridges of the East Khasi Hills, Cherrapunji is a small town in Meghalaya that is popularly known as one of the wettest places on Earth. It is also home to live root bridges, which are products of bioengineering processes undertaken by the locals, and to mystical caves which have existed for thousands of years. Caving or Spelunking is an activity that is all about the exploration of wild and unexplored caves, to study their geography. If you are seeking a destination to indulge in this interesting activity or to witness the grandeur of some of the longest caves in the world, Cherrapunji is the place to be. These caves are a part of the 150 caves in Meghalaya that have been fully or partially explored. They are primarily made of limestone and sandstone, which have molded into this structure by abrasion from underground water. Here we have a list of the most striking caves in Cherrapunji. Explore these caves while staying in luxury at Polo Orchid Resort which is located in close proximity to most of them.

Mawsmai Cave


Mawsmai Cave is a gateway to the vast subterranean cave system of Meghalaya. This limestone and sandstone cave network sees major foot traffic every year. It welcomes visitors to a 150 m section, which is full of structural wonders crafted by nature herself. This includes stunning stalactites, stalagmites and other rock formations that will surely leave you spellbound. The cave is also home to a unique population of flora and fauna. It has a well-lit path, so no guide is required to explore it. Spend about 15-30 minutes in the Mawsmai Cave network to thoroughly appreciate this natural work of art. This cave is just around 1.7 km from Polo Orchid Resort, Cherrapunji.

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Arwah Caves


Situated in the Khliehshnong area, Arwah Caves are famous for their limestone formations and fossils that are believed to be millions of years old. These Cherrapunji caves are an absolute treat for adventure seekers and archaeology enthusiasts. There is a particular section of the cave, which sports beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. Tourists can explore about 300 m of these vast caves, which takes about 20 minutes. These caves do not have access to a lot of light, so the deeper you go, the darker and the more eerie it gets. Adventurers and explorers have managed to spot several interesting fossils belonging to fishes, dogs and other animals and plants. At a distance of 9.5 km from Polo Orchid Resort, Cherrapunji, it takes about 25 minutes to reach Arwah Caves.

Krem Mawmluh Cave


Considered to be the fourth longest cave in India, Krem Mawmluh Cave stretches over a length of 7 km, and is located at an elevation of 4503 m. Along with striking stalagmite and stalactite formations, there is also a serene pool inside the Krem Mawmluh Cave, formed by the merging of five different rivers.

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These caves are some of the major attractions in Cherrapunji. Travel around, explore these caves and stay at Polo Orchid Resort for a complete experience. Our resort here offers premium accommodations along with modern facilities like restaurants, air-conditioned living spaces, a swimming pool and complimentary breakfast. Embrace the best of Cherrapunji with us!