Human mind is enigmatically curious and no matter how much you try restrain it, it just bursts out of the shackles of human limitations and coaxes the mind to imagine. Nothing tastes like a good mystery and it undeniably pushes the mind to think and grow. The world we live in is mystical and it has greatly influenced the mankind’s route to progress. This world provides countless miracles and mysteries everyday, which tickles the human mind to find the answers to them. Some of them are caves which are so unworldly and mystical that humans are naturally attracted to them. These crevices and cavities are so majestic an engaging that they are always infested with explorers trying to uncover their pure magic! Get ready to feel the adrenaline rush through your veins as you are going on a hell of a roller coaster ride through these top 25 mystical caves!
25. Cango Caves, South Africa
Cango caves are located in the Western Cape, South Africa; It is situated in the Swartberg range and contains Precambrian limestone at its foothill. The cavern is littered with tunnels which attracts a lot of explorers and tourists every year. Moreover, these tunnels are so vast that it takes hours to fully explore them.
24. Kartchner Caverns, Arizona
The kartchner caverns is located in Arizona State Park and is a huge magnet for tourists who visit it for limestone caves filled with stalactites. This cave is more than 50,000 years old and was discovered only in 1974. Moreover, this cavern also contains the longest soda straw stalactites at 6.54 m.
23. Carlsbad Cavern, New Mexico
It is located in the Guadalupe mountains in New Mexico and is considered as the 7th largest cave chamber in the world. It has huge limestone formations which is over 4000 ft long, 625 ft wide, and 255 ft high at its highest point. Tourists can hike to the cavern or take the elevator at the visitor center.
22. Ajanta and Ellora Caves, India
Ajanta and Ellora are human made rock cut Buddhist caves located in India. These caves promise ingenious art and amazing sculptures which dates back to 2nd century BCE. There are 30 rock cut cave monuments and numerous sculptures portraying Buddha and Jataka tales.
21. Mammoth Cave, USA
It is located in Kentucky, USA and is the longest cave system in the world with over 365 miles of subterranean passageways. It contains the world famous giant sinkhole called ‘Cedar sink’ and ‘Frozen Niagara’. It is a national park as well as a bio-reserve.
20. Phong Nha Cave, Vietnam
It is a world heritage site and is situated in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in Vietnam. This cavern contains over 300 limestone caves and the forest of Annamite range, of which only 20 caves have been surveyed by scientists. What other caves hold, is a mystery.
19. Fantasy Cave, New Zealand
Located in Dannevirke, New Zealand, this cave is fully operated by volunteers ensuring round the year entertainment. Moreover, people bring exhibits to display in the cave which are regularly changed and replaced.
18. Dongzhong Cave, China
The Dongzhong cave is located in the province of Guizhou, China. The thing which makes it different from other caves is that it houses a school! Yes, you read it right. It is a cave carved out by natural forces like wind, water, etc. The best part is that it is home to various residents and also contains various recreational areas for students.
17. Barton Creek Cave, Belize
It is a natural cave located in Caiyo, Belize near San Ignacio. It is a major tourist attraction and also an archaeological site. The cave contains a stream passage which is over 6,400 m in length and is believed to be inhabited by the Mayans in ancient times.
16. Skocjan Caves, Slovenia
It is a protected cave system in Slovenia which is 2 miles in length. It consists of an underground river which goes on for an addition 21 miles. This cave is considered to be a world’s treasure and it attracts tourists round the year.
15. Majlis Al Jinn Cave, Oman
This cave is located in Selma Plateau, Oman and has the 9th largest cave chamber in the world with a massive volume of 4,000,000 cubic meters. It is formed of fossiliferous carbonate rocks and has a free standing roof which is 40 m thick.
14. Puerto Princesa Cavern, Philippines
Located in Puerto Princesa National Park, Philippines; It is an unbelievably beautiful cave. It contains amazing rock formations and an underground river which adds to its beauty. It contains a 300 m wide dome and underground waterfalls!
13. Onondaga Cave, Missouri
This cave belongs to the Missouri National Park and is a protected site. The cave contains breathtaking stalagmite and active flow-stones. Moreover, recreational activities like swimming, hiking, cave tour, etc. are available in the visitor’s center. It attracts a lot of tourists and has a museum too.
12. Deer Cave, Malaysia
This cave has a pretty interesting story. It is called as deer cave because of a deer which took shelter in it and licked its walls (crazy, right?). It is situated in Borneo, Malaysia and was discovered in 1961. It has a width of 164 m and has an entrance which measures 146 m.
11. Eisriesenelt Ice Caves, Austria
This Ice Cave is located inside the Hochkogel mountain which is in the Alps. It is the largest ice cave of the world and is over 42 Km in length. It is made from natural limestone ice and is a major tourist attraction in Austria. The snow inside is frozen in the winter and in summer the cool wind inside the cave keeps the snow from melting.
10. Blue Grotto Cave, Italy
Ever seen a cave filled with blue water? No? The Blue Grotto Cave on the coast of island of Capri, Italy is a sight to behold! The water illuminates the cave blue due to the reflection of the sunlight which shines through the seawater.
9. The Reed Flute Cave, China
Located in Guangxi, China; It is a landmark and a major tourist attraction for the small city of Gillin. The cave is illuminated by different colored lights and is loaded with stone pillars, mineral formations, intricate designs and inscriptions. Some of the inscriptions date back to the Tang Dynasty!
8. Fantastic Cave Pit, USA
We know caves which are wide or long, but Fantastic Cave Pit which is located in Georgia, USA is an anomaly! It is neither wide or long, just deep! This cave is 586 ft deep and is known as the deepest cave in USA.
7. Ice Cavern, Iceland
The Kverkfjöll ice cave is located in a frozen lagoon in Iceland. It is considered as the most beautiful glacier cave in the world. Do you know what the most thing mystical about it? It was formed by hot water from a volcanic spring!
6. Lascaux Caves, France
Now here is a cave which deals in prehistoric art! Located in the Southwestern France, this place is incredible! It contains paleolithic cave paintings of animals which went extinct long ago. It has now been mostly closed to public to preserve the art, but there are few passages which are still open to them.
5. Cave Of Crystals, Mexico
This one of those unworldly caves which are not fully explored. It is located in Mexico and is a paradise of crystals! There are countless crystal formations which were formed due to highly concentrated calcium sulphate. The bad news is that people can’t endure the fumes and heat for more than ten minutes even in proper protection.
4. Glowworm Cave, New Zealand
Yeah, this cave literally glows and that too by worms! Located on the north island of New Zealand, this cave is a beauty which looks just like a star studded sky. A tourist can get a boat ride in these cave and marvel at the glow made by the worms. It is breathtaking and mind boggling!
3. Cave Of the Swallows, Mexico
It is an open air-pit cave located in Mexico which has a free fall drop of 333 m from the floor of the to the side of the lowest side of the cave. It is infested with swallows (a type of bird) and is a sight to behold! Moreover, it also contains a sink-hole which goes down further to 512 m.
2. Fingal Cave, Scotland
It is a sea cave located on the uninhabited island of Straffa, Scotland. It was formed naturally occurring basalt columns within a Paleocene lava flow. It is known for its arched roof which makes eerie sounds whenever a wave hits the beach.
1. The Cave of Three Bridges, Lebanon
This cave is an entirely different thing altogether! Formed by the constant battering on the cave roof by the Baatara Gorge Waterfall, this cave has huge cavities which look like bridges and hence the name. This cave ensures open air and an out of the world experience, only if you are brave enough to go inside this cave.
All these caves are natural wonders and have a mystical appeal to the tourists. Don’t fall in love when you are in one of them as you might get lost!