Mayavi Caves – Exploration

Mayavi caves is a beautiful technical cave situated in South India and is filled with stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones, shining mineral flows etc. It is just 6 hours drive from Bangalore. It is pretty close to Ballari district which is in North Karnataka. It was originally explored and mapped by German speleologist Herbert D Gabeaur in the early 1980s. On March 12th, 2019, the caving team of Bangalore Adventure School (BASCOOL) rediscovered this. We got the co-ordinates from one of the scientific journal published by H D Gabeaur. With those co-ordinates, we went and explored the cave on our own.

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The Team

Gokul R at Eaton Canyon
Gokul R
Gokul is the Founder and Lead Instructor at Bangalore Adventure School. Click here to see Gokul’s Instructor Profile
Vijay Nandani
Vijay Nandani
Vijay is an explorer and assistant Instructor at BASCOOL. He is also a Graduate of BASCOOL in various courses. Click here to see Vijay’s Instructor Profile
Sudeep Subrahmanya
Sudeep S
Sudeep is a Graduate of Canyoneering Course ( Level 1, 2 & 3) offered by Bangalore Adventure School.
Mahesh Ganesh
Mahesh Ganesh
Mahesh is a Graduate of Canyoneering Course ( Level 1 & 2) offered by Bangalore Adventure School.

The Cave – Mayavi Caves

All we had about this cave was a journal entry. But, as explorers, this was more than enough for us. For us, technicality of travelling through a cave is not a problem; for we are trained in technical caving. The journal entry mentions a lot of stalactites, stalagmites, rim stones, speleothem boss etc. That was enough for us to make the decision – “Yes, we are going!”.

Journal entry by H D Gabeaur about Mayavi caves
Journal entry by H D Gabeaur about Mayavi caves

On March 11th morning 4 AM, we started driving from Bangalore. On the first day we took it easy. We reached the basecamp, the temple at around 7 PM. There were 4-5 other pilgrims as well planning to sleep in the temple premises itself. We had our own tents, sleeping bags etc with us but, since it was a little warmer, we decided to sleep on the terrace of one of the temple structures without a tent.

Finding Entrance: The plan was to wake up at 4:30 AM and start the trek at 5 AM. Everybody woke up at 4:30 AM. We did our morning rituals, did some stretchings and promptly started the trek at 5:15 AM. After walking for few kilometers, at around 7 AM, we reached the co-ordinates. The place was all covered with thorny bushes and initially we thought, its going to be very hard to find the entrance to the cave. Four of us got spread out in search of the entrance. Within some 15 minutes, Vijay screamed “Found it! Here is the entrance!”. We all joined him there and we were all happy to see the entrance. We quickly geared up with helmet, headlamp, spare batteries, gloves, boots, drinking water, oxygen in a portable can etc.

Entrance and Exit of Mayavi Caves

The Descent: The entrance is about roughly 30 ft vertical descent. No ropes were required here as there were broken slates on all sides and they gave us good hand and foot holds. Helmet is a must though because there are a lot of slabs here which might get dislodged anytime.

Inside the Cave: Once you reach the cave floor, you can walk standing up straight; Just remember to look around the walls and ceiling for shining mineral flows and beautiful formations.

Shining minerals flowing from the cave walls
Shining minerals flowing from the cave walls

Somewhere in the beginning of the cave is where some digging had happened for research. Please be careful to not fall down this vertical 8 feet dug up pit. There is a small ladder left behind to cross over that dugged up section. At around 50 meters into the cave, the cave takes a right turn. Walk another 30 meters and you encounter a speleothem boss right in the middle of the cave passage. Climbing over the speleothem is the way forward. Continue walking enjoying all the variety of formations throughout the cave.

Gokul climbing over the first obstacle inside Mayavi caves
Gokul climbing over the first obstacle inside Mayavi caves

First Barrier: At around 150 meters in, you will reach the first obstacle – A sparkling rimstone barrier which is about 15 ft tall and spans the entire width of the cave passage. Only way forward is to ascend this up with the help of ropes. On top of this barrier are couple of rimstone pools which will have water throughout the year – a good respite from the heat.
Also, on top of the barrier, on the left side is a narrow passage with shining mineral flow on the floor. You may crawl through that for a few meters. There is an optional tight squeeze at the end which will take you to a fridge sized compartment. This is a very tricky squeeze though. There is only one configuration to squeeze through – that is head first face up. We had to remove our helmets to squeeze through. Yes, it is that tight! After this playing around, we need to come back to the top of the barrier. The cave continues with a 15 feet drop to the other side of barrier. We can easily chimney and climb down but climbing this back up is very difficult. Mainly because, there is lot of mud on the cave floor. While climbing this back up, you will have a lot of slippery mud on your boots. So, make sure you leave some anchored rope here to ascend back. Otherwise, your team is risking getting stuck here, dehydration and possibly death as well.

Second Barrier: At around 340 meters into the cave is the second barrier. When compared to the first barrier, this is fairly easy to scale. A decent climber can easily stem and climb this. There are anchor possibilities at the top for the rest of the team to climb up. Remember, the cave temparature is slightly elevated here and everybody will feel lack of breeze or reduced air here. In our team, everybody reported slow response, slow actions, more time for decision etc. after descending behind the first barrier. Your team might even need portable oxygen cylinders here. If your team complains of breathlessness, head back immediately!!

Mayavi Caves - Vijay sitting inside the dry rimstone pool
Vijay sitting inside the dry rimstone pool

The Mineral Pool: On top of the second barrier, the cave makes another abrupt turn to the right. From here, it is an easy downclimb over a shining flowstone. You climb down into a dry pool whose all four walls are made of shining minerals. The feeling while sitting inside that pool is indescribable. Please watch the video for a glimpse of it.

Sudeep sitting on top of a shining flowstone
Sudeep sitting on a “Waterfall” of shining minerals.

Videos from Mayavi caves

300 meters into the cave, the small cave branch with shining mineral flow on the floor. In this video Sudeep is crawling through that passage.
In this video we are sitting inside a dried up pool. the entire pool walls were made up of shining crystals.
A 2 minute video compilations of the exploration. Please use earphones to hear what we are talking.

Photos from Mayavi caves

  • Nice drape like formation on the ceilling
  • Shining minerals flowing from the cave walls
  • This rimstone pool inside Mayavi caves was a good respite for the heat
  • Gokul climbing over the first obstacle inside Mayavi caves
  • Hike in to Mayavi Caves
  • Sudeep sitting on top of a shining flowstone
  • Once you descend to the cave floor, this is how it appears
  • Mayavi Caves - Vijay sitting inside the dry rimstone pool

Future Plans

We’ve rated this cave as C3 which means, some rappelling and ascending is required in this cave. Please refer this page to see the cave rating system that we follow.
As of now, we have no plans to take general public with us for caving. Only those who taken courses with us will get invitation to go with us for caving.

Caving Team at BASCOOL

BASCOOL conducts technical training for caving. In order to get invitation for our caving trips, you should have some caving training either from BASCOOL or from one of the international organisation that we recognise.

To become part of our caving team and to get notification about BASCOOL’s caving events, please join our WhatsApp grouphttps://tinyurl.com/BAS-Caving-Int

If you want to join with us for the next trip, please register here:
A Technical Caving trip to Mayavi Caves

Related pages

Please visit the following pages
1. What is Caving
2. Caving in India
3. Caving Courses by BASCOOL & Cave Rating System
4. Our Next trip to Mayavi Caves

A Ghost Town near Bangalore

A Ghost town always fascinates the adventure seeker in you; especially the eerie feeling when you visit them during a new moon night. A ghost town is an abandoned village with substantial visible remains.

Since Bangalore is fast developing, most of the ghost towns or haunted houses are getting razed and are being replaced with either highways or apartment complexes. There used to be a place named “Booth Bungalow” near Magadi road after sunkadakatte. It was very near to a lake called Tavarakere. Hence, it was also known as “Tavarakere Booth Bungalow“. We used to hangout there late night. It used to be a perfect haunted place for pranking / ragging the new joinees of our college. I still remember the first time, I had to spend the night there all alone as part of the dare by my college seniors. Aah! I wish those good old days written down in my Bangalore diaries come back to life.

Tavarakere Booth Bungalow
Tavarakere Booth Bungalow
Interior of Tavarakere Booth Bungalow
Interior of Tavarakere Booth Bungalow

I revisited the place in 2018, only to be shooed away by the security in that area. I learned that the surrounding area has been bought over by either Club Mahindra or DLF. They’ve made a compund wall around the property and there are 24/7 securities in the compound. That side of uber fast urbanisation of Bangalore.

Ghost Town near Bangalore Big view
Big view of abandoned houses

However, in November 2016 I was driving past Lepakshi and chanced upon this Ghost Town. When you lose one haunted house, you get an entire village which is abandoned and is now a ghost town. I was happy to find that there is this haunted or abandoned village within 6 hours drive from Bangalore. Now is the time to remember Adam Lambert’s catchy song “Ghost Town.

An Immersed House at Ghost Town around Bangalore
An Immersed House at Ghost Town around Bangalore

It used to be a properly flourishing village due to the granite and cement factories in the vicinity until the 1970s when they decided to increase the height of the dam. Once, the height of the dam was increased, the water level around the reservoir also increased and this village was submerged in water. The villagers were forced to evacuate, move out and settle in other nearby areas. Even today after the rains, the village will be under water till Dec. After that gradually, the water level goes down and the entire village becomes visible again. Since all the buildings in the village were made by granite slabs, they don’t wear under the water. The buildings are still preserved. You can see many houses, a School compound, a granite company named Raghavendra Enterprises etc. Some of the broken structures are still used by the local shepherds as a shade when they are herding their cattle.

  • A skull at Ghost Town near Bangalore
  • An Arch - Entrance of an abandoned business
  • Abondened Houses under water
  • Broken houses
  • Big view
  • More Cattle Skeleton in the ghost town

Trek for School Students

No matter where you live, spending time outside does wonders for your soul. If you fall in love with nature, you will find beauty everywhere. Hence, we believe that young ones should be introduced to nature, outdoors and wilderness very early in life. That is BASCOOL’s motivation behind conducting this trek for school students.

Ekya Schools Bangalore Logo

Ekya Schools also believes in taking student out to nature is inevitable for an all round development of the new generation. For there are skills that are essential to life which are learnt outside of the curriculum; skills like, decision making, trust building, teamwork, risk analysis, planning etc. Hence they approached Bangalore Adventure School to conduct a trek for the school students.

Ekya School students trekking
Students from Ekya School at the summit

In the wake of India’s 70th republic day celebration 126 children from Ekya School were taken for an early morning mind-body workout to a popular hill in Bangalore.

We were 8 instructors from BASCOOL and 3 teachers from Ekya ITPL school. We split the group into 5 smaller groups of 25 children each so that, the trail doesn’t get crowded.

Thanks to Ekya School for entrusting us with this task and a big thanks to the instructors for making the event a big success.
Instructors : Chitra, Vijay, Himaja, Amith, Jeet, Madhukar, Praveen and Gokul

Ekya School students trekking
Instructors from BASCOOL

Distance : 5 kms total and 700 ft elevation gain.

Seven and half cups Canyon – ( Ezharakundu Falls )

On December 6th, 2018, our team did the first technical descent of a canyon in Kannur district of Kerala, India. The canyon has been named as “Seven and half cups canyon”. The name is just literal translation of the vernacular name of the waterfalls. In Malayalam, this waterfall is know as “Ezharakundu” which translates into “7.5 pits”.

Team:  Vijay Nandani, Pravin Kumar, Salam, Ikarus, Lena and Gokul R
Support Team: Praveen Yadav, Robin (Homestay owner), Baby (Panchayath Member)

6 out of the 8 potholes in
Seven and half cups canyon.

Ezharakundu Falls – How I heard about it

Sometime in 2017, I first heard about Ezharakundu falls through the facebook forum named “Sanchari”. The reminded me of the famous Seven Teacups Canyon in Southern California. Immediately after hearing the name, it stuck to my mind and I wanted to put together a team and go there for a first descent. Just that, it never happened.

Ikarus and Lena after the first rapel of Seven and Half Cups ( Ezharakundu Falls)
Ikarus and Lena after the first rapel of Seven and Half Cups ( Ezharakundu Falls)

How the plan materialised?

Ikarus and Lena are from Germany. They were visiting India to attend a friend’s marriage in Bangalore. They were searching for canyoning around Bangalore and chanced upon our website and then sent us a message in WhatsApp. Sometime in October 2018, Ikarus and Lena contacted me and requested for a canyoning trip. We put together a team and went to Wayanad and then to Kannur.

The Canyon

The canyon is a series of 8 waterfalls that plunges into a pool. one of them is a small pool and the rest 7 are nice and deep. Hence, the name of the waterfalls. This waterfall is gaining popularity among the local tourists and they were building a cement walking path. We were glad that we got to descend the canyon before it became a concrete mess.

There are trails that take you to the top of the first falls and to the bottom of the first falls. Many people had visited this waterfalls to take a deep in those pools but, this was the first time, anybody rappelled through the waterfalls. We got 2 mandatory rappels, 5+ jumps, 2+ fun slides.
For the first rappel we used the tree that was present on RDC and a little away from the watercourse. For the second rappel, we setup a twin bolt achor so that we get to rappel exactly through the waterfall.

After the seven cups which includes the 2 rappels of the canyon and the 8 pools, you can continue down canyon for almost another kilometer where you reach a small bridge. This is where the canyons ends. During that 1 km walk, there are several slides and jumps you can enjoy!

Cliff jumping at Ezharakundu waterfalls.

Nagalapuram Canyoneering – West Loop Canyon – 4CIV – First Descent

Nagalapuram hill rage is located in Andhra Pradesh, a southern state of India. This hill range is a part of the Eastern Ghats of India. There are many streams and waterfalls in this hill range. Most of them were first explored by Chennai Trekking Club under the able leadership of Peter Van Geit.  Amar Shekhar of Tekkerpedia.com and Gokul Ramachandran of Indian Canyoneer’s Association (ICA) have together documented the main four streams and their waterfalls around the Nagalapuram hills. They can be found in this website.

ySome of those waterfall treks in the Nagalapuram hills are popular among outdoor lovers from Chennai due its proximity to Chennai (only 70 kms from Chennai). Outdoor lovers often trek and camp around this place and few of them have even rappelled around here. But, it was only the explorers of ICA who’ve ever done a true canyoneering trip here. Read on to know more about their canyon exploration (aka first descent trip)
On April 20 & 21, a team of 4 did a first descent of a canyon in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, India. It will be rated as 4CIV. It is an advanced technical canyon because of a re-belay that is required to reach the anchor on top of the 4th rappel. This is the tallest rappel in the entire canyon (130 ft) and the anchor is on a small bird perch that can only be reached after a small exposed traverse. In high water conditions, this should not be attempted; Instead, find another anchor and rappel line. The approach was from another village SB Puram slightly NW of the usual starting point, Arai. The total distance was 13 kms with an elevation gain of 2000 ft. Even though, this canyon is frequented by hikers from bottom up until the 6th rappel, very few venture up till the bottom of the 4th rappel. And pretty much nobody goes to the top of this 4th rappel (aka Sidheswara Kona waterfalls). Even though, this can be completed in a long day (14 hours), we had to spend a night inside the canyon because of long stretches of bushwhacking. This is definitely NOT a beginner canyon.

Golora Caves – Discovery – Bangalore

On November 26th, we discovered 2 nice caves near Bangalore. Raj named it as Golora caves. It is actually 2 separate caves very close to each other. one was filled with lots of healthy bats. We did not wanted to disturb the bats; so we didn’t go into that one. We explored the other one. After some stemming, belly crawling etc.

we reached a nice chamber where we can stand up. We found some blood marks on the rock surface. We suspect that some jungle cat would’ve brought its catch to this hall and would’ve savored it here.

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The Team

Gokul R at Eaton Canyon
Gokul R
Gokul is the Founder and Lead Instructor at Bangalore Adventure School. Click here to see Gokul’s Instructor Profile
Lokesh Kumar
Lokesh Kumar
Lokesh is an explorer at BASCOOL. He is also a Graduate of BASCOOL in various courses.
Raj Das Gupta
Sudeep S
Raj is a Graduate of Canyoneering Course ( Level 1, 2 & 3) offered by Bangalore Adventure School.

The Cave – Golora Caves

This cave was discovered or first explored by the caving team of BASCOOL. The team consisted of Gokul, Lokesh and Raj. Hence, they named it as GoLoRa caves. in 2015, Gokul had gone for hiking near Magadi and that is when he had recce-ed this area. He happened to see some boulders fallen on top of each other and he was convinced that there might be some talus cave there. In 2016, the BASCOOL’s caving team went in and explored. They were successful and found 2 caves very near to each other. One is this Golora caves and the other one is bat-shit caves.

Videos from Golora caves

This is the tight squeeze section in Golora caves
An 8 minute video that shows all major sequences during our exploration
A 3 minute video during our discovery of Golora Caves

Photos from Golora caves

  • Inside Golora caves
  • one entrance to the Bat Shit caves 2
  • one entrance to the Bat Shit caves
  • Raj in Golora caves
  • View from the bottom while crawling thorugh the squeeze
  • Gokul crawling
  • Gokul and Sinu having a short chat
  • Raj crawling the squeeze in Golora Caves

Future Plans

We’ve rated this cave as C1 which means, there are no vertical sections in this cave. Hence rappelling or ascending may not be required. That also means pretty much anybody can go into this cave with someone who had already been to the cave before and knows to find their way through the cave. Please refer this page to see the cave rating system that we follow.

Caving Team at BASCOOL

BASCOOL conducts technical training for caving. In order to get invitation for our caving trips, you should have some caving training either from BASCOOL or from one of the international organisation that we recognise.

To become part of our caving team and to get notification about BASCOOL’s caving events, please join our WhatsApp grouphttps://tinyurl.com/BAS-Caving-Int

Related pages

Please visit the following pages
1. What is Caving
2. Caving in India
3. Caving Courses by BASCOOL & Cave Rating System

Canyoneering Sandhan Valley – 3AIII

Sandhan Valley is a short canyon in Maharashtra. It is roughly 180 km away from Mumbai. The is a very nice canyon that stretches exactly 1 km with amazing canyon walls that are 100 – 200 ft tall on either side. There are at least 3 mandatory rappels in the canyons. 40 ft, 15 ft, and 15ft.

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It is a 3AIII during October till May. The first rappel has an option of either a 40 ft rappel in the water course (very minimal water) or a 50 ft dry rappel from RDC (Right Down Canyon). Folks do this canyon either of the 2 options.

  1. As a loop trail starting from the Samrad village, climbing back up via Karoli Ghat and reaching back to Samrad. Total 6.6 km round trip with 1500 ft elevation loss through the canyon and then gaining the same during the exit. ( http://www.shrikantescapades.com/2011/05/sandhan-valley-to-karoli-ghat-trek.html )
  2. As Point-to-Point. Start at Samrad and end a village named Dehene all the way downstream. 8.5 km and an elevation loss of 1800 ft.

We were a group of 3. Me, Purohit Pinak, and our local guide from the village near to SV (named as Samrad). Usually, folks do this canyon over 2 days but, that is mainly because the group is really big and are first-time rappellers. We did it in one day (6-8 hrs) to complete this as a loop.

During the season, this is a very well traveled canyon. During the weekends there will be some 30 – 100 people going through this canyon. The irony is that most of them will be first-time rappellers. The guides give them a top rope belay and “lower” the “tourists” and those “tourists” end up believing that they’ve mastered the art of rappelling.

Knotty Canyon – Canyoneering First Descent – Canyoning

It has been exactly 1 year since I said adios to the USA. Looking back I am happy to have met with some really brave folks (both guys and gals) who now trust me enough to come with me to these kinds of crazy places. I’ve started teaching rappelling in June 2016 under the banner of Bangalore Adventure School and within 6 months, I am really glad to have taught 65+ students the new sport of rappelling and canyoneering.

Out of that, at least 10 had come with me to some first attempts (discovery); canyons, caves etc. · Not everyone gets an invitation to come with us for explorations. Only those who completed Level 1, 2 etc. and those who demonstrate interest, skills etc. get invited for explorations. Did another first descent of a canyon in Wayanad, Kerala, India.

  • Team: Gokul, Pravin Kumar and Salam.
  • Support Team: A guide from the forest department and a tribal named Chandran .

And as usual thanks to Jayan Wayanad for making this possible by procuring the required permissions and logistics. On 9th December 2016, we successfully completed the first descent of a new canyon. The main attraction of the canyon was the slot section that had 3 waterfalls in series.

There were no boulders or trees in these sections but, luckily there were small cracks on the second and third rappel. We used those cracks for setting up “KNOT CHOCK” anchors. Hence the name “Knotty Canyon”. The trail started from Harrison’s Tea estate in Wayanad. After 1 mile from the trailhead, we reached the tribal chieftain’s hut. We went through his backyard, after another .7 miles, we got the first glimpse of the waterfall at a distance.

From this point, another 1 km through deep forest to reach the top of the cascade of waterfalls When we reached the top section of the canyon, to our surprise, we met this Adivasi (tribal) family. They live there in a cave under a huge rock. We had some chit chat with them, gave them some snacks that we carried. When we started we were not sure about the way out once we reach down the canyon. So, we were prepared to turn back anytime. But, Chandran told us there is another way around the mountain that will take us to the bottom of the canyon. Now, we were excited.

We asked Chandran and our forest guide to head to the bottom of the canyon and wait for us there and we shall meet again after 3 hours. Thus we started descending the canyon. The slot section was mind blowing.

First Descent of a waterfall in Wayanad, Kerala, India

On May 18th, 2016, we did the first descent of a secret waterfall in the Wayanad district in Kerala, South India. I believe this is the first ever technical first-descent in any of the canyons in India outside of the Himalayas. I say so because there is a chance that some westerner might’ve descended some canyon in the Himalayan region.

In April 2016, through my friend Sidharth Rajendran, I got introduced to few resort owners in Wayanad and one of them were Jayan Nambiar (Jayan Chettan). Jayan chettan introduced me to few brave local folks who knew about a waterfall which is not so popular. They were Mohammed Ali (mammali-kka) and Arun Babu. We scouted the waterfalls from the top and gave a thumbs up for a technical descent of that waterfalls.

I conveyed to them that I will return on May 17 and I will give them some technical training and we will descend the falls on 18th. As per the plan, I went back to Wayanad with ropes, harnesses, and helmets. Due to some other emergencies, they were not able to join on the 17th for a training but, still, we decided to descend on the 18th. I am glad to announce that we successfully descended this series of waterfalls. We did this in 3 stages. The first falls

The first falls were 40 ft tall. The second one was some 100ft tall and the last one was 210 ft tall. Since others didn’t have any training, they down climbed the entire series of falls with me giving a top rope belay. I used a figure-8 to lower them down which was backed up by a VT-prusik attached to my harness. My crew consisted of 5 brave locals who grew up in that vicinity seeing this waterfalls from the top and also from the bottom. The crew included

The crew included Me, Mammali-kka, Arun Babu, Redheesh, and Arun’s 2 brothers (Aneesh and Arjun). They were sure nobody has ever descended through the falls and nobody had seen the perspectives we got to see. From the bottom of the falls, there is a use trail which is kind of steep.

We used that trail to come back up. We started the descend at 11 AM and were back by 6 PM. If everyone had enough training for rappelling we could’ve finished this within 4 hours. Jayan Chettan is working with local forest authorities to get permission so that we can open up the waterfalls to the general public for canyoneering.

Tiger Pit Caves – Wayanad – Caving

 Tiger Pit Caves was a cave exploration project in Wayanad in collaboration with DTPC (District Tourism Promotion Council, Wayanad, Kerala). A few weeks ago, through Jayan Wayanad, we came in contact with Hariharan Sir (Program Manager at DTPC, Wayanad). He had mentioned about a recently discovered cave in Wayanad.

Entrance of Tiger Pit Caves, Wayanad, Kerala
Entrance of Tiger Pit Caves, Wayanad, Kerala

They would like to explore it and study the feasibility of promoting that as an Adventure Tourism Project. They wanted an expert caving group to lead their set of explorers. Hence, they had requested Bangalore Adventure School to provide the equipment and the required leadership. Thus we agreed upon to reach Wayanad for the weekend of Jan 14-15 and to do the exploration.

At the tight squeeze inside tiger pit caves
At the tight squeeze inside tiger pit caves

Hariharan Sir from DTPC, Muneer Sir from Treasury department, Luka Francis, Thomachan and few others who also live in that vicinity joined us for the exploration. Luka and Thomachan had been to this cave previously and surprised us by their knowledge of this cave. The cave starts by 100 feet downclimb followed by another 100 feet rappel over a slanted rock slab.

At the bottom of the rappel, there was like 1-foot deep water and a sandy floor under water. From here on we need to traverse about 350 ft to the right. This traverse is in the tight squeeze between two rock surfaces. This gap was at an angle of 60 degrees.

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So, we had to lay our back on the lower rock face and slowly crawl to your right side. At the end of this traverse, the path was blocked by sand and debris after the rains this year. So, Luka and few others dug to remove that dirt and make the way again. From here on, we had to stem and climb about 30 feet to reach a boulder stacking. And through this boulder stacking, we found our way out.

Sparkling water droplets inside the cave
Sparkling water droplets inside the cave

This pit is locally known as “Kaduva Kuzhi” which translates to “Tiger Pit caves”. The tribal family living near to the pit told us that they moved into that area 45 years ago and at that time, there used to be a “Puli and her cubs” living in that pit. (Puli means either a Tiger or a Panther). Thanks to Hariharan Sir for making this happen. Thanks to Luckose and Thomachan to leading us through the cave. Thanks to Jayan Wayanad for making this happen. Thanks to Pragya Singh and Lokesh Kumar of Bangalore Adventure School for joining us for this exploration.