World’s Longest Sandstone Cave Found in Meghalaya

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Meghalaya has added another beautiful feather in its crown with the discovery of world’s longs sandstone cave called “Krem Puri”. Meghalaya is famous for several caves hidden under undulating hills.

  • The cave is discovered near the village of Laitsohum in Mawsynram area of East Khasi Hills district.
  • It is longest sandstone cave in the world at 24,583m, with dinosaur fossils from 66-76 million years ago. It was first discovered in 2016 but the actual length is obtained by Meghalaya Adventurers’ Association (MAA) during one of its recent expeditions.
  • It is 6,000m longer than the currently listed sandstone cave in the world, Cueva El Samán, (18,200m) in Venezuela.
  • This sandstone cave is also India’s second longest cave in general category after limestone Krem Liat Prah-Umim-Labit system measuring little over 31 km in Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya. 
  • According to official data, the northeastern state has 491km of surveyed caves and many more are waiting to be discovered. Krem in Khasi language means cave. Mawsynram is known as wettest place on earth for its record-breaking rainfall.