The world’s longest sandstone cave named Krem Puri was discovered near Laitsohum village in Mawsynram area in East Khasi Hills region of Meghalaya.
The cave is 24,583 metres (24.5 km) in length and is known for its complex cave systems hidden under its undulating hills.
It was discovered in 2016 but its actual duration was found during expedition to measure and map it by Meghalaya Adventurers’ Association (MAA).
Brian Khapran Daly, General Secretary of MAA has been mapping Meghalaya’s’ caves since 1994 and was a part of the expedition team that comprised four scientists from Italy, 30 cavers from across Europe and other people of MAA.
Paleontologists believe that the fossils could belong to a giant reptile called Mosasaurus, an extinct carnivorous aquatic lizard that roamed the earth over 70 million years ago.
Whereabouts of more than 1,650 caves and cave locations in Meghalaya is easy to discover amidst 20th century, of which over 1,000 have been explored or partially explored.
According to established data, the northeastern state has 491km of surveyed caves and many more are waiting to be uncovered.
Points to Remember
- Krem in Khasi language means cave.
- Mawsynram is known as wettest place on earth because of its record-breaking rainfall.