The stunning depths of the ocean, the mysteries of the clouds hovering above us, the magnanimity of the vast glaciers and the intricacies of the various caves around the planet; there are very few natural phenomena that capture our imaginations more than these. Caves are extraordinary natural phenomena, which when explored, unveil a lot about the past and significance of the earth’s history. Breathtaking, intricate and massive, these top 10 amazing caves around the world will leave you wondering about the ambiguities that the nature withholds within its lap.
Reed Flute Cave, Guilin
One of Guilin’s most famous attractions, the Reed Flute Cave is a natural cave carved out of karst Limestone Mountains over millions of years. The cave got its name from its green, blooming reeds popping outside, which can be turned into melodious flutes, giving it a surreal feel. The cave is a spectacular amalgamation of various stalactites, stalagmites, stone pillars and rock formations. The multi-coloured lighting of the limestone walls gives the cave an unreal appearance. The 240-meter-long cave is lined with interesting rock shapes and formations resembling all kinds of strange things. The cave was forgotten for almost a thousand years, before it was rediscovered in the 1940s by a group of refugees. (Stalactites hang from the ceiling of a cave while stalagmites grow on the cave floor)
Glow Worm Cave, New Zealand
Imagine a small galaxy of thousands of shining stars hovering just above your head! Before floating in silent darkness, experience a mysterious underground world of rushing water and the luminous shine of a huge number of glow worms. The only place in New Zealand where glow worms gives a lightening starry view on the roofs and the walls, the Glow Worm Cave is a delight to the eyes. Home to stalagmites, stalactites and sculptors – this amazing cave is a result of water trickling from the roof of the cave or gushing over the uncovered limestone walls.
Vatnajokull Glacier Caves, Iceland
One of the most beautiful natural landscapes on earth, the Vatnajokull Glacier Caves may disappear soon! Sad but true! A delight for the Northern Lights lovers, it is best advised to experience the beauty of these caves before they are gone. Famously known for its crystal maze, the ice caves beneath the Vatnajokull glacier in Iceland are a truly mesmerising wonder of nature. Ultraviolet rays give the glacial ice a terrific blue glassy appearance. Exploring this ice cave in winter is one of the activities to do, while in Iceland.
Škocjan Caves, Slovenia
One of the must-see attractions in Slovenia, the 6.2km long Skocjan caves is one of the most impressive cave systems in the world. There is something unique about discovering a different underground world, an experience which is different to any other. The cave is not the only reason to attract the visitors, but also the gorge; where the Reka River disappears underground and flows close to 34 km to meet the Adriatic Sea. It’s no wonder that due to its exceptional beauty, the cave has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Krubera Caves, Georgia
If you are keen on the idea of going down in a steep vertical cave, the Krubera cave is made for you. The deepest known cave on the planet, the Krubera Cave is located in Georgia, hidden into the extremely mountainous region. The result of the dissolution of limestone, the cave extends 7,200 ft. deep underground and it takes about 27 days to reach the bottom.
Silver cave, Guilin
The Silver Cave is popular for its stone pillars and colourful curtain-esque. The caves in Guilin, China are a fascinating lot, but the scenic beauty of Silver Cave is unmatched. When inside the cave, you will be impressed by its deep underground water system, the waterfall and solid stalagmite; all of which creates a wonderful sight that will leave you amazed. Also, as you walk across the stone cliffs, the surface appears to shine like silver, thus giving it the name.
St. Michael’s cave, Gibraltar
Among the 150 caves inside the Rock of Gibraltar, St. Michael’s cave is the most visited tourist attraction. Welcoming almost 1,000,000 visitors each year, this system of limestone caves situated in the Upper Rock Nature Reserve of Gibraltar are perched at about 300 meters above the sea level. A part of the cave is also used as a concert hall where the International Gibraltar Music Festival was held!
Batu Caves, Malaysia
One of Malaysia’s most distinctive and spooky caves, Batu Caves is famous for its striking feature of the world’s tallest statue of Lord Muruga. Located inside a limestone hill and consisting of several caves with a series of Hindu temples within, this is one of the most visited sites in Malaysia. The place is also become home to many wonderful stalactites and are also the main site of numerous archaeological finds. The beauty of these caves captivate the visitors at the first sight itself.
Tham Lod Cave, Thailand
Tham Lod Cave in Thailand is famous for its marvellous spikes and columns; and is also popular for its magnificent views of the Nam Lang River that runs through the cave. This 400m deep cave was formed by the water stream running through limestone surface. As you pass through the massive caverns with a lantern, you will discover the remains from primitive humans dating back 20,000 years and of ancient cave paintings from more than 3,000 years ago. Long wooden coffins have also been found within this massive cave system.
Lago General Carrera, Chile
Located in Patagonia, the Marble Caves are famously known for its brilliant, colourful, spectacular reflections. The reflection of the turquoise blue waters falling on the snow-white marble roof makes the cave shine. The cave’s name has been given by the locals, owing to its astonishing angled shapes.