Kutumsar Caves

Kutumsar Caves

Kutumsar was discovered in 1993 and is well known for stalactite and stalagmite formations. Kutumsar caves are located in Kanger valley national park. Some tell that Kutumsar cave is largest natural cave in the world, some say it is largest cave in Asia and is seventh largest cave in the world. There are various rumors about the length of the cave. But let me tell you, whatever will be the true fact one thing is for sure u will enjoy the visit to Kutumsar!!!

stalactites formation
                                                     picture: budding of new stalactites

                                     picture: mature stalactites (people call them Giant Elephants)
How to Reach

To visit Kutumsar, one will have to reach to Jagdalpur in Bastar district. Jagdalpur is in Chhattisgarh and is connected by bus to Raipur and Hyderabad, and by train to Vishakhapatnam. Kutumsar is 40 Km away from Jagdalpur. It takes a drive of about an Hour to reach Kutumsar.

The caves are filled with water from June to august so they are closed for visit. Also one will have to pay for the tickets, the guide, for the lamps and here there is no other way to skip tickets as was in case of Tirathgarh. I would insist to bring lamps from home to visit the caves.

Being in Kutumsar:-

Ok, the cave is around 10km away from main entrance of the national park. The drive goes through thick dense forest making the drive exciting and enjoyable. You will not be able to figure out where the cave is even when you have reached the place. The view outside the cave is very good and there is a board which gives information about the various aspects of cave.

stalactites and stalagmites
                                                         Fig: Stalactites near the last chamber

There is a narrow opening along with stairs through which one can enter inside the Kutumsar cave; it’s totally dark inside the cave hence you need to light the lamps. After spending 5-10 min one can see the stalactites and stalagmites in fantastic formations. They glitter in light making the ambience very beautiful, it takes millions of years for these formations to form. They are very white and look very beautiful. One can also see formations at nascent stages. 

Also when goes more inside the cave one can layers of rocks and various kind of rock cuttings presenting some beautiful formations. The guide will show u some formations which look like trunk of elephant, the eye of some animal etc. They are really worth watching. To click the snaps one should have a very good camera with flash otherwise u will miss everything. Inside as common with most of the tourist places, a Lord Shiva Shivling is present.

The path inside the cave is not that easy, I would insist people to be careful as there are various slippery patches, formations are also needle shaped which might hurt you. And please don’t throw any waste inside the cave it will be harmful for cave and nature.
pic: stalactites on the ceiling

pic: stalagmites (during way to last chamber )

                                         Pic: stalagmites (during way to last chamber)

Now, I will tell you one of the important things, the fishes, the frogs inside the caves are said to be blind i.e. Blind fish. The fishes can't see as there is no light and after millions of years they have adapted in their own way and lost their sight. I have seen some frogs inside the cave but I don’t know whether they are blind or not but there colour was beautiful.

 cave frog                          Fig: New species of Frog found in the darkness of Kutumsar caves

After spending around 1hr guide will tell u to return but I m sure one feel to explore various ends of cave as they don’t show you the total length. Guide might also tell you that there is a well inside the cave which is so deep that if you will throw a coin u will not hear its sound, but wait he will not show u. These things u can further tell to others as I m telling to you.

 Chhattisgarh Tourism
                                          Pic: Stalagmites during way to last chamber

After returning outside the Kutumsar cave one will feel tired for sure but will be contended with the kind of experience one gets. Visiting Kutumsar Cave is a must.!!! Once again for food and snacks bring in sufficient quantity from Jagdalpur. Chhattisgarh Tourism should put more effort to develop this place.

Have a look at these beautiful places of Chhattisgarh Tirathgarh Waterfall and Bhainsa Darha also known as Crocodile Lake...

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