Traveling is always part education and part entertainment. Each episode of one’s tour bears a significance with it that delivers a world of good in some way or the other to the person concerned. However, India, with the profusion of her natural treasures has been a major tourist attraction to many people around the world. Chhattisgarh, an Indian state which recently came into being, has a trove of tourist attractions to be explored and appreciated. Kutumsar Caves and Kailash Gufa, Bastar, are some of the interesting tourism options while you are on your Tour to Bastar.

Bastar being a place primarily influenced by tribals for decades now is a key tourist spot in the state of Chhattisgarh. The lovely streams, the meandering mountains, the green valleys and bushes and thickets of bamboos, sal, teak and bija trees create an aura of excellent charm. Apart from these captivating landscapes, the Monuments in Bastar are some of the special sightseeing sites. The Kutumsar Caves and Kailash Gufa, Bastar are of prime interest shrouded by a peculiar sense of mystery.

Kutumsar Caves and Kailash Gufa:- Bastar are sure to mesmerize you with their charm. Both situated in the Kanger Valley National Park, stand at 38 km and 40 km from Jagdalpur respectively. The Kutumsar Caves which are 1327 meters long display magnificent formations of stalactites and stalagmites and are probably the darkest of their sort, 35 meters below the ground level. These are possibly the world’s second largest caves formed naturally and house five natural chambers and quite a few blind wells.

The Kailash Gufa is situated on a small hillock and looks similar to the Kutumsar Caves. A 100 meters long cave, it is also pitch dark and has a narrow entrance. Discovered in 1993, the cave houses stalactites and stalagmites galore. There is a special stalagmite formation which can be seen at the end of the cave in the shape of a Shivlinga. The reverberations caused here are strangely musical.

With torch lights and a guide along with you on your expedition, experience all the thrill of exploring these amazing caves.

Kailash Cave is reachable from two ways. The first one is NH-16(Jagdalpur-Hyderabad Highway). Just after 28km on NH-16, there is a check-post of Forest department for the entrance of Kanger Valley National Park. After paying nominal charges, one can enter this National Park. After some distance, we can get one guest house of Kanger valley National park. From there, just after travelling 3kms to the way of famous Kutumsar caves, to the left of it, there lies a 12km long road which directly takes us to Koleng forest range no.75. There lies a series of small hills. Among one of this hill, there lies the beautiful Kailash Cave.

The second way or the alternate way is the route from Jagdalpur to Netanaar via Sargipaal, Jaatam, Nangur, kawaali, e.t.c. Right at the entrance barrier of kailash caves (which is around 5km away from the cave), we can see one rest house where we can lose our fatigue for a while. Even below the hill where cave is located, we have the facility of rest and water. But as Jagdalpur is the nearest city, you have to get your food and other accessories from Jagdalpur itself.

After coming out, people share their experience shouting, screaming, cherishing. Some people may call those conical structures as “Jhumar”, some people may call those dripstones as “elephant nose”, and some may call it as “Bhim ki Gada”. Numerous reactions, but only one wish,- I just love it…If ever I’ll get a chance, I’ll come back here again and again. For the promotion of this valley, Forest department has made watch tower nearby this cave in order to enjoy the broad view of the valley side. Nearby one lake-like reservoir is there, which is called as “Kailash Lake”. Adding to the beauty of this valley, Bhainsa-Darha Crocodile Lake is also worth-seeing site.