Cocooned in the body of earth, the natural limestone Kotumsar cave is located around 320 Km from Raipur in the midst of Kanger National forest in India. Due to its geographical location the cave is popular among the bio-sniffers and adventure seekers. The best time to visit this cave is during the Summer or Winter season. It is not recommended to visit during the monsoon season since the cave is subject to frequent flooding which begins in the mid-June until mid-October.
As the sun rose over the horizon it awoke the Kanger Valley slowly and effectively. One can hear the chirping of the birds with all their heart. The anthem of the forest truly captivates one’s attention with its mysterious density. The journey to the Kotumsar cave is quite beautiful. One has to follow a trail that had been created by many footprints to the Kanger Valley National Park. The Park is noted for its highly heterogeneous land formations ranging from flat surfaces to steep slopes, green valleys, plateaus and amaranthine waterfalls. The luscious greenery found in this region is overgrown with wild tangles of vegetation and dense forest. Thick canopies of tall trees often create a Tyndall effect contributing to the beauty of the forest along with the mesmerizing aura of the Kanger Valley. What a splendour!
I was floating above the western state of my mind. The grass was crispy under my feet. In the early hours, you will find the peace to be soul-soothing. The forest dance along with the rustling leaves of trees and it was lifting my spirit way up high, enriching it with positive vibes. It was a mind refreshing to smell the forest’s perfume. Away from the city’s hustle and bustle, one can say that the trip to Kotumsar cave is all about self- discovery.
On your arrival at the Kotumsar Cave, you will notice a small metal gate opening to a vertical fissure in the wall which serves as the main entry. Shortly, after taking a few steps ahead you will come across a very narrow and steep staircase that will lead you all the way down into the impenetrable darkness. Remember to pick up a well-gripping pair of shoes for this day.
How it became
This abandoned cave was known since the British
It’s so amazing to discover that life has even penetrated the interior of the Kotumsar Cave by creating adaptable forms of life. A surprising fact which enables them to survive and reproduce in places such as this, eternally dark and with limited food. Inside these endless galleries, you will come across millipedes, small fish in the pits and some crawling snails. These tiny creatures are mostly blind, slightly built, and colorless. This cave has a unique biodiversity of its own. There are many other small caves around 5Km radius, but Kotumsar Cave is the
Personally, I found the natural architecture of the Kotumsar cave to be marvellous and truly captivating. I admire the limestone stalactites emerging from the ceiling of the cave. It appears like golden-sand crystals dripping from the ceiling above. The walls below the ridges smoothly curving to the floor gives the cave a persuasive effect.
The moment you step inside the ovoid cave; you will discover complete pitch-black darkness. As you take your steps further ahead, your shadow will begin to disappear into the blackness. However, there are some cave opening fissures from where you can take advantage of the sunray acting as natural lamps. Or you can simply kill the whole fairy-tale-
The cave was as silent as the crypt. All you can hear was your trembling steps, making their way through the dusted carpet floor. You will come across many small Shivlings (Hindu god, Lord Shiva) stationed at some places in the dark with saffron vermilion over its head. It’s fascinating to see that people put their faith in God and it has traveled all the way, even in the most hideous and dark place one like Kotumsar Cave.
Moreover, the uniqueness of the cave is that it cannot be accessed beyond a certain point. Since it’s underground and tunneled for around two kilometers, it creates pressure and lack of oxygen flow. However, these two kilometers deep caves look stunningly gigantic and exotic. If you want to have some fun? Clap your hands inside the cave and you will hear back, the musical sounds reverberating from the hollow walls. Once, you explore
In the end, I would like to recommend this place to all the nature lovers out there who love traveling and want to experience the beauty of dark caves and waterfall in Jagdalpur.
You can reach here:-
How to Reach
Nearest airport – Raipur (swami Vivekanand airport)
Jagdalpur(Bastar) airport is also an option operated from Raipur and Vishakhapatnam but only limited flights are available.
- Nearest accessible railway station – Raipur, there Frequent buses and prepaid taxies are available to Jagdalpur city (300 kms).
JagdalpurRailway Station can be reached From Vishakhapatnam via trains at eight hour journey. (Two trains are available)
- No proper train is available from Raipur to Jagdalpur Railway Station.
(One night Train available)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ruchi Acharya is a 24 years old Indian writer and the founder of the writing community, Wingless Dreamer. Her website winglessdreamer.com has 15,000 monthly visitors and more than 200 international contributors. She is an Oxford University summer graduate in English Literature. Apart from writing in her own website, she has been a contributor to multiple writing platforms such as The Pangolin Review (Mauritius), fairytalez.com (Denmark), Poetryworld.org (India) and BCM Touring (India). Her poem, “Long distant call” was the winner of the fourth issue in its feature poetry contest in 2019. Her literary works include fairy tales, travel articles, romantic short stories and poems. She has a deep interest in Victorian Literature.