If we think about Caves many questions arises in mind Why is that? Who did it? What’s in it? No need to go inside? Could there be a scary animal? This is a series of questions. Come on, let’s get acquainted with one of the most interesting and curious cave …
There are lot of places in Dandeli to visit by a traveller one of the historic place is Kavala Cave. Before you go to the place you need to take prior permission by Forest Department of Karnataka This place is visited once in a year on the occassion of MahaShivratri. There are more than four caves located in this area which is naturally build. One has to take source of light either torch or and light which helps you for visibility of the area.
The smell of bats hits the nose as it enters the cave. There you can see the bats sitting on the walls with little forgetting. The cave fields are narrowing as you move forward. Going forward, you can see the cave walls. Kavala Caves can be entered by climbing a flight of 375 steps. Located at a distance of about 25 km from Dandeli, these limestone caves have naturally formed Shiva Lingam. To catch a glimpse of the naturally formed Shiva Lingam present in the caves, tourists need to crawl into the 40 ft deep winding narrow tunnels.
It is believed that these caves have been in existence since the prehistoric times. Currently, the caves are inhabited by numerous snakes and bats. Formed by volcanic activity ages back, the caves have a lot of stalagmite formations. Dimensionally very small, these caves offer a view of the River Kali entering the valley below. A temple stands in front of the caves. The naturally formed Shivalinga is a miracle of nature and should not be missed.
There is a stone above shivalinga which tickles down water continously. There is a belief that before this water was milk and now it’s changed to water also some say it’s lime water which formed shivlinga. The entrance to the cave is open only from 8 am to 5 pm. The entry fee is Rs10
How to Reach: This cave is situated 25 kms from the Dandeli and you need to arrange own vehical