When you think of a cave, you probably imagine a rocky, dark hole in the ground with some creepy bats flying around inside. If so, you may be surprised to find that not all caves are like that. While the majority of caves are formed of limestone or dolomite, there are various other types of caves in the world— some are even made of ice. And they all have interesting features, such as stalactites, stalagmites, and waterfalls. Some even include religious shrines and art.
These caves are all crazy, in the best way possible. They are so unique, that stepping into them would really make you feel like you are on another planet altogether. There is beauty here, and wonder, that's beyond belief. After reading this list of the 15 craziest caves in the world, you’ll most likely have a serious case of wanderlust and a desire to go spelunking.
15 Son Doong Cave, Vietnam
14 Cave of Crystals, Mexico
13 Fingal’s Cave, Scotland
12 Marble Cave, Chile
11 Waitomo Glowworm Cave, New Zealand
10 Reed Flute Cave, China
9 Lascaux Cave, France
8 Cave of the Swallows, Mexico
7 Ice Cave, Russia
6 Batu Caves, Malaysia
5 Krubera Cave, Abkhazia
4 Benagil Sea Cave, Portugal
3 Smoo Cave, Scotland
2 Luray Caverns, Virginia
Luray Caverns simply looks spectacular, as if it’s straight out of a movie. This cave is popular because its natural formations resemble iconic structures or common items. For example, there is a formation that resembles fried eggs and the oldest formation in the cave, which is 7 million years old, is said to look like a tree. There are many draperies (layered deposits of minerals) found in this cave, too. They really look like stone chandeliers, don’t they? In addition to the stone formations, the cave contains bodies of water. There’s the Dream Lake, which reflects the stalactites above it, creating a surreal image. The cave also has a Wishing Well, which is six to seven feet deep. But it’s not just its physical looks that make this one of the coolest caves in the world.
1 Mammoth Cave, Kentucky
Ever wanted to trek through the longest cave in the world? Or, perhaps you have a desire to visit the popular Niagara Falls. Well, you can kill two birds with one stone, by taking a trip to Mammoth Cave, located in Kentucky. Alright, you’re probably confused; after all, Niagara Falls is definitely not in Kentucky. But, there is an arguably cooler version of Niagara in Mammoth Cave and it’s known as Frozen Niagara. This flowstone formation literally looks like a waterfall. It seems like something you have to see in person to fully appreciate.
Besides the cool formations found in Mammoth Cave, its size is also something to marvel at. The cave system stretches over 456 kilometers and there are tours you can take to explore it in detail. These tours will allow you to see the Frozen Niagara, Fat Man’s Misery (a narrow passageway), Tall Man’s Misery (a short passageway) and more. The cave itself is situated in Mammoth Cave National Park, which is an attraction in itself. The park, which covers over 52,000 acres, features hiking trails, wildlife, horseback riding and zip-lining. It seems like you can spend an entire day there and still not scratch the surface!
Sources: StaffATours, AtlasObscura, WhenOnEarth, BeautifulWorld
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