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Myanmar is blessed with impressive caves. While many of them are famous tourist destinations attracting visitors from all over the world, many are less frequented and hence provide adventures that many tourists crave for.

To cave explorers, Myanmar is a cave paradise. From a cave with an unidentified depth to caves which have been converted into pagodas, you will be mesmerised with what’s in store for you in this country.

Magnificent Wonders

ALAUNGDAW KATHAPA PAGODA & NATIONAL PARK

 

The body of the enlightened monk, Alaungdaw Kathapa is kept in the cave of Alaungdaw Kathapa Pagoda. According to legends, when the monk passed away, his body could not be burnt. It is said that his body can only be burned upon the arrival of the new Arimaytaya Buddha. The cave where his body is kept is sealed and its door is covered with gold leaves. This cave is visited by locals and tourists who went to the pagoda and the National Park.

Location: Mingin Township, Sagaing Region

PADALIN CAVES

 

Pyadalin has two limestone caves only 30 m apart from each other and are mesmerising to explore. You will notice that the smaller cave looks like a rock shelter whereas the larger one is massive, containing nine chambers and three huge sinkholes that allow sunlight to shine the cave. These caves are the rarest evidence of prehistoric times and share an interesting history that dates back to the Neolithic era. You can find the earliest wall carvings on the surface of these caves along with primitively made weapons and tools.

Location: Taunggyi District, Shan State

SHWE U MIN CAVE

 

This winding natural cave has tunnels lined with more than 8,000 Buddha images of all sizes and materials. The images have been brought by Buddhist devotees and organisations from other countries. The Buddha images are made up of various materials like alabaster, teak, marble, brick, lacquer and cement. Besides these statues, the cave also functions as a meditating site to the locals. A stairway is built along the ridge to the cave entrance, and visitors taking the stairs will pass by the white stupa of Nget Taw Pagoda.

Location: Taunggyi District, Shan State

PEIK CHIN MYAUNG

 

This limestone cave covers 45 acres of land. The age of the cave is estimated to be around 230 million to 310 million years. Hence, they have magnificent limestone formations. Also called the Maha Nadamu Cave, this cave enshrines many Buddhist stupas that are now part of tourist attractions. There were also long pepper vines called Peik Chin that used to grow by the cave mouth thick enough to block sunlight from entering the cave.

Location: Lashio, Shan State

HTAN SAN CAVE

 

This natural limestone cave is situated 1,800 m above sea level. You will find the cave 26miles from Taunggyi District of Shan State. The limestone formation is breathtakingly beautiful and is a result of millions of years of formation. Witness amazing cave columns, clean streams and pools with clear water in the vicinity of the cave.

Location: Taunggyi District, Shan State

KYAT CAVE

 

The mysterious Kyat Cave is known to attract tourists, thanks to its undisturbed surrounding and one-of-a-kind attraction – coffins of tribes. Apart from having limestone and dolomite formation, this cave houses several old wooden coffins that range from 2 feet to 15 feet long. It is fascinating that some of these coffins are placed in odd positions like in cave cavities. The villagers collect bat faeces here, something they have practising for thousands of years. And the best part is no one actually knows the actual depth of it.

Location: Loikaw, Kayah State

IMPRESSIVE STRUCTURES