The world is filled with spectacular things like the green and serene mountains, deep oceans and mysterious underground holes to name a few. Among all this, we often forget to think about the magical presence of caves. There is something exciting about caves, they are adventurously scary and yet so magnificent that you can’t resist exploring.
Here is a list of beautiful caves that one must visit this lifetime to truly experience the beauty of this natural world:
- Algar Do Carvão, Ilha Terceira, Azores
This is an ancient cave located centrally in the Portugal archipelago of Azores. The cave has been given the credit of being a Regional National Monument of Portugal because of its volcanic characters and Eco-system. Although the cave lacks ambient light, artificial lights have been put up for visitors to facilitate the exploration of the narrowest and deepest parts. The cave is a natural beauty and if you are thinking of giving it a visit, anytime between the months of May to September would be wonderful.
- Vatnajokull Glacier Cave, Iceland
Ice caves are a beautiful treat for the eyes. This is one of the places which will leave a long lasting impact on life. Visually so breath taking, the Vatnajokull Caves are formed as a result of the summer. The surface of the big glaciers melts due to warm weather and sun and the water falls into thousands of sink holes and finally come out of the glacier tongue as a river. When winter is cold enough many tunnels are formed as a result of the freezing of water which was a result of previous summer. The experience is different each year and if you are planning on giving it a visit then anytime between November to March is a good time.
3. Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
These caves are a major attraction of the North Island of New Zealand. They are noted for their stalactite and stalagmite displays, and for the presence of glow worms. The cavesthat are eligible for a tour in this area are the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Ruakuri Cave, Aranui Cave and Gardner’s Gut.You can also experience black water rafting and rock climbing. The best time to visit this magical beauty is between the months of November to April.
4.Fingals Cave, Scotland
Fingal’s Cave is defined as the‘cave of melody’. It is located on the Island of Staffa in Scotland. This is an historic location for all the Irish and Scottish Celtic people and legends. The 72 feet tall and 270 feet deep sea cave is so visually astoundingly with hexagonal columns of basalt, shaped in neat six-sided pillars, that make up its interior walls. The best time to visit the place is between May and September.
- Blue Cave, Croatia
Well you know what they say, good things in life never come easy. You could say something like that about giving a visit to the infamous Blue Caves of Croatia as well! First you need to travel to Croatia. Then you need to take a ferry to the Croatian Island. Then take a bus or a motorbike to a tiny fisherman town called Komiza. Then board onto a boat which will take you to the Blue Caves. Phew! As much as it sounds tiring, trust me, this is worth the money and effort. The cave looks the most beautiful between 11 am and 12 pm on a sunny day. The enchanting blueness of the cave is due to the entering of light through the reflection in water. The best time to visit is during the summers.
- Batu Caves, Malaysia
This is a sacred cave for the Hindu’s in Malaysia. Once a year they celebrate the Thaipusam festival in the Batu Caves. It’s a celebration for the son of Shiva (Subramaniam) and the becoming “one” of Pusan and the Brihaspati stars. The best time to visit is during the month of January as the cave is decorated and all decked up for the festival.
- Melissani Cave, Kefalonia, Greece
Resting in the Island of Kefalonia, Melissani Cave is a wonderful place to be as it is surrounded by forests, while a mountain slope is located to the west. You get the best view during the middle of a sunny day. The cave is 100 meters long and the lake takes about one third of its length. This is one of the few fully developed and easily accessible caves known to naturally exist. If you are thinking of visiting Greece, don’t miss out on checking out this unique cave!
- Cave of the Swallow, Mexico
This is a deep pit cave situated in the middle of Mexico rain forest. The Spanish name for the cave means the Pit of Swallows. The opening of the cave is circular and is the largest cave shaft in the world. The place is known for its adventure sports like base jumping. People from all over the world come to explore the cave and get the real of adventure. Apart from adventure the area surrounding the caves is a perfect campsite and you get to see variety of birds. The best time to give a visit this Mexican beauty is around the beginning of winters especially during the month of November.
- Son Doong Cave, Vietnam
Known as the largest cave in the world, Son Doong Cave has its own climate, jungle and river. The entrance of the cave is pretty small and hence, the temperature inside is pretty low. The misty atmosphere inside gives a very surreal experience to anyone who visits. The cave has camping facilities and hence is a perfect once in a lifetime holiday hotspot. The best time to give a visit to Son Doong Cave is during the month of December and January.