Kotumsar Cave, Chhattisgarh

Kotumsar Caves is located inside the Kanger Valley National Parkin Chattisgarh, India. The Kutumsar cave was founded in the British era but gained recognition only after 1950s. At first, it was known as Gopansar cave meaning “hidden”. The present name has been derived from the nearby village Kotumsar. This natural limestone cave has various types of speleothems found in separate passages and chambers which form the main attraction of the cave. Earlier one unique speleothem structure was worshipped by burning incense and camphor. This damaged the ecosystem of the cave and this practice was stopped. The cave is placed on the Kanger limestone belt and lies close to the River Kanger. The cave remains partially submerged in flood water during the monsoon. The main tunnel of the cave is 200 metres long with several passages leading downward. The Kotumsar cave can be entered through a vertical fissure which leads to an artificial concrete path built for the convenience of the tourists to reach the end of the cave. Many water pools can be found inside formed due to seepage.

Kotumsar Caves is known for its varied biodiversity. Many new species like blind fish, crickets, arthropods and many more have been identified inside the Kutumsar caves. The place is close to the city of Jagdalpur which is well connected by road and railways.

Timings

Kotumsar caves open at 07:00 AM to 05:00 PM

Entry Fees

25 INR per person

Photography

25 INR, to get the camera inside

Videography

200 INR, to get the camcorder inside

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