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Looking for colourful landscapes under the earth is quite a strange idea. Only experienced tourists and researchers know that some unique sights and natural landscapes can be seen in deep caves only. Scatters of salt crystals reminiscent of precious stones, firefly colonies and blue tunnels formed from ice - these are just a few secrets hidden in the most bizarre and colourful caves of the planet. There is no need to be an experienced speleologist to visit some of them. Many picturesque caves have long been known to travellers and are among the most significant sights of the planet. Other caves can be visited only in the framework of rare speleological tours and only accompanied by experienced researchers. Only a few people are destined to see amazing underground landscapes.

Er Wang Dong, China

One of the most interesting caves of the planet is in China, in the province of Chongquing. The cave Er Wang Dong is one of the largest caves in the world, but it is remarkable not for its impressive size. In the cave, a unique independent ecosystem has been formed for millions of years, which makes it look like an amazing underground world. Here rivers flow and there are lakes, you can see clouds and fog, and in addition to stalagmites in some parts of the cave you can see even plants.

Er Wang Dong, China In many ways, the unique natural attraction is popular worldwide thanks to the researcher Robin Show. The famous photographer and cave explorer from Manchester spent about a month in the cave with his research group and carried out the most detailed study of the cave. One of the most interesting areas of the huge cave is the Cloud Ladder Hall, the area of which is more than 50000 square meters. You can always see clouds under the ceiling and fog, and in the hall of Crusty Duvets you can admire the huge stalagmites that have been formed over the centuries.

The total length of underground passages is about 16 km. It's easy to reach some parts of the cave, while some branches are reliably hidden under the smooth surface of cave lakes and the rapid flow of rivers. The entrance to the cave is safely hidden among mountain ranges and impenetrable forests, it is extremely difficult to find it without a guide. Given this peculiarity of the cave, it becomes clear why its first large-scale studies were carried out quite recently. Next - Melissani Cave

Melissani Cave, Greece

Melissani Cave, Greece In Greece on the island of Kefalonia is a unique Melissani cave, one of the most romantic and beautiful in the world. In the cave is a lake of the same name, the main feature of the cave is a huge hole in the ceiling through which bright daylight penetrates the underground world. A beautiful legend about the nymph Melissini is connected with the cave and the lake. The nymph was secretly in love with the god Pan. And when he rejected her love, she lost the meaning of life and drowned in the cave lake. Complete article

Devetashka Cave, Bulgaria

Devetashka Cave, Bulgaria In Bulgaria, an outstanding natural attraction is Devetashka Cave, located on the Osam River. It was discovered by a group of researchers in 1921 and is the largest cave in the country. The length of underground passages is 1500 meters. The main feature of the cave are large openings in the ceiling, thanks to which some of its areas are perfectly illuminated in the daytime. In some parts of the cave rapid streams flow, and natural arches are covered with dense vegetation. While exploring the cave, more than ten beautiful lakes and many unusual formations have been discovered. Complete article

Fingals Cave, Great Britain

Fingals Cave, Great Britain In Scotland one of the most colorful and amazing caves is located on the island of Staffa. Fingal’s Cave is also known as the Melodious Cave, attracts researchers and curious tourists with its unique acoustics. Streams of air falling into the interior of the cave are transformed into an amazing beauty of the melody. This amazing mystery scientists are inclined to explain with a special dome-shaped structure of the cave. When getting inside, the air lingers in the cave for a few seconds. This time is enough to transform the flow of air into sound. Complete article

Kungur Ice Cave, Russia

Kungur Ice Cave, Russia In Russia, one of the most colorful and spectacular is Kungur Ice Cave. It has a very complex structure. The total length of its branches is about 5.7 km. The difference in altitude between the lower and upper levels of the cave is about 32 meters, and the area of all halls and passages is more than 65000 square meters. The carst cave is characterized by the abundance of large galleries. It has been found more than 70 underground lakes, the largest of which is Big Lake. The area of its mirror is about 1460 square meters. Complete article

Salt cave Kolonel, Israel

Salt cave Kolonel, Israel Another natural miracle is to be found in Israel, on the southern coast of the Dead Sea. Here is the only salt mountain in the world, the Colonel, as well as a cave of the same name, which attracts not only researchers but also ordinary tourists. The cave is fabulously beautiful. When only the beam of a lantern touch its walls, they begin to sparkle like scattering of precious stones. The structure of the salt cave is quite complicated, behind every steep turn incredible surprises await its guests. Complete article

Skaftafell Ice Cave, Great Britain

Skaftafell Ice Cave, Great Britain In Iceland, in the territory of the Skaftafell National Park there is an amazing ice cave with the same name. Ice caves in general are considered a very special kind of geological formations. They appear on the edge of glaciers and can exist only a few decades. Skaftafell Ice Cave, as well as other caves similar to it, has been formed under the influence of thawed waters. They are accumulated on the surface of a glacier and penetrate into its smallest cracks, gradually leading to the formation of huge galleries. Complete article

Las Cavernas de Marmol, Chile

Las Cavernas de Marmol, Chile On the border of Chile and Argentina is an incredibly beautiful complex of Marble caves (Las Cavernas de Narmol) is located. They are among the most important attractions of Patagonia. Caves are a single complex with Carrera Lake, the azure waters of which fill them and give a special fabulous appearance. Marble walls of the caves are painted in all colours of the rainbow and under the influence of sunlight can change their tone during a day. The caves look simply fascinating. Complete article

Jeita Grotto, Lebanon

Jeita Grotto, Lebanon The Jeita Grotto is one of Lebanon's most remarkable sights. This is a complex of two large limestone caves, whose general length is about 9 km. The lower cave was discovered a long time ago, in the first half of the 19th century. As it was found out by scientists, this cave was inhabited in prehistoric times. You can get to the lower cave only by boat, as it is filled by an underground river. It is important to note that the latter has great importance. It serves as the main source of fresh water for more than a million local residents. Complete article

Waitomo Glowworm Caves, New Zealand

Waitomo Glowworm Caves, New Zealand In New Zealand is an amazing cave of Waitomo, also known under the unofficial name of the Cave of Fireflies. It is tiny fireflies that cover the vault and walls of the cave and make the atmosphere in it special. The flickering of a thousand tiny dots resembles the flickering of stars in the night sky. Travellers from all over the world come to admire this amazing natural phenomenon. A popular cave in New Zealand is inhabited by a special kind of mosquito Arachnocampa luminosa, which live exclusively in caves and grottoes. Complete article

Phraya Nakhon Cave, Thailand

Phraya Nakhon Cave, Thailand In Thailand, fans of walks in unusual places will be able to visit Phraya Nachon Cave. Not without reason it is considered one of the most beautiful and spectacular caves in the country. This natural attraction is located in the southern part of Thailand, in the territory of Khao Sam Roy Yot National Park. Right in the cave is a religious landmark, which makes it special among others. It is the Kukha Karuhas pavilion. It was built here in 1890 by the order of King Chulalongkorn, and the cave itself received its name in honour of one of the rulers who first opened it during a storm. Complete article

Ice Caves Mutnovsky, Russia

Ice Caves Mutnovsky, Russia In Russia on Kamchatka there is a majestic Mutnovsky volcano, on one of the slopes of which scientists have discovered a unique cave. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that this is an icy cave. For many years it has been existing in close proximity to the incandescent volcano crater. The cave is incredibly beautiful. The sunlight penetrating it paints the walls and the ceiling in all colours of the rainbow. Complete article

Dongzhong Cave, China

Dongzhong Cave, China In the Chinese province of Guizhou is located the Dongzhong Cave, which in a matter of days gained worldwide fame. The cave was formed several thousand years ago, and it is remarkable that in 1984 it was decided to open a school there. It is situated in a small place called Mao. Even presently there is practically no infrastructure in it. In the 80s of the last century local authorities promised to build a school in the village, but they did not keep their promise. Complete article

Kyaut Sae Cave, Myanmar

Kyaut Sae Cave, Myanmar Kyaut SAE Cave, located in Myanmar, is known all over the world. The majestic cave holds a Buddhist temple inside its depths. This fact does not diminish the natural splendour of the cave at all. Through the small openings in the ceiling, daylight penetrates the cave. At certain times of the day the cave is flooded with orange or blue glow. Complete article

Aven Armand Cave, France

Aven Armand Cave, France In France there are also caves, which are worth seeing. Aven Armand Cave should definitely be mentioned among them. The cave is located at the depth of about 100 meters and is known for its numerous stalagmites. In the cave there are over 400 types of these amazing geological formations. They form an incredibly beautiful architectural group of natural origin. In Aven Armand cave is the largest known stalagmite in the world, whose height is 30 meters. Complete article
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