Explore Some Of The
Coolest Langkawi Caves
Your visit to Langkawi is not complete if you do not spend some time exploring, in Indiana Jones' style, some of the finest & mysterious Langkawi caves. Each Langkawi cave has its own unique name and some has its own legend that is told from one generation to the other.
Gua Cerita can be easily accessible by boat from Tanjung Rhu. You can reach this Langkawi caves with a climb up a wooden ladder.
Legend has it that Gua Cerita is linked with the mystical Battle of the Big Birds. It was in the cave that the Princess of China was kidnapped and held captive. If you visited the cave, you can find faintly legible on the walls of the cave, some ancient inscriptions which are said to be verses from the Holy Koran. Some locals also believed that the place was the home of Gedembai, a giantess who had a deadly power.
You can see some old Arabic script etched into the walls of the lower chamber (about 7.7 m from the cave entrance),and signatures of visitors to the cave that dates back to the 1950's too. The inscriptions tells the story of Sheikh Baharuddin who died on the ninth day of sixth month in year 68 of the Moslem era. They are believed to have been written in 1754 AD which was during the region of Sultan Mohamed Jiwa II of Kedah . He is known to encourage Arab missionaries to visit Kedah.
Gua Kelawar is named after its inhabitants, the Malaysian fruit bats. This Langkawi caves is located along the Kilim River and is only accessible by boat. From the jetty, you can then walk along a wooden platform through a mangrove swamp, leading directly to the cave. The stalactites and stalagmites are of gigantic proportions, forming weird figures reminiscent of other-worldly creatures.
Gua Langsiar is located on the western coast of Pulau Dayang Bunting, this "Cave of the Banshee" is recommended only to serious cavers with mountain climbing experience as the ascent to the cave demands great climbing skill and absolute physical fitness. Surprisingly, you'll not find any stalactites and stalagmites here. Instead, the huge gloomy chambers are permeated with lurking shadows, reinforcing the superstition that the cave is haunted by the spirit of a woman who, like Dracula, lives on the blood of humans.
Bats and Banshees?
Gua Langsiar is a cave so deep and dark that the previous generation of the locals would not dares to venture in. People today claim that thousands of bats live in it but the local people of yesteryear would not set foot there, not even for all the riches in the world. They are convinced the cave is home to a female vampire called the langsiar, which, after having lured men to its lair, would suck their bodies dry of blood. No one would go near Gua Langsiar, for they believe that the eerie sounds that come from the depths of the cave are the cries of the banshee and it is enough to make their blood run cold and their hair stand on end?.
Gua Buaya is a unique Langkawi caves in that the Kilim River actually flows right through it, navigable by a small boat at low tide. You can see the limestone formations and colonies of bats, although the "buaya" or terrifying man-eating creatures of swamp no longer lurk
Gua Dangli can be entered from the sea only at low tide. The cave reveals a fabulous array of stalactites, giant limestone curtains, umbrellas and mushrooms spring out of the sculptured walls. The chamber tunnels up to a small hole, exiting into a bamboo forest where a second cave is located about 30 meters up a slope.
Gua Layang is accessible from Kuah by land. This cave is dome-shaped and lined with oddly-shaped white and grey limestone, with a huge serpent-like stalactites hanging down as if guarding the cave's secrets.
Gua Pasir Dagang is nestled on the coast of Pulau Dayang Bunting. This Langkawi cave is accessible with a boat ride passing by some very enchanting island. This is one of the most intriguing caves, with the stalagmites forming bizarre figures that boggle the mind.
Around the Gua Balai is an abundance of trees, creepers, ferns and palms, providing a pleasant and serene environment. Stalactites and not stalagmites are predominant, with a huge serpent-like one hanging down from the roof.
Gua Landak is just a few minutes' drive from Kuah and is the most accessible cave on the island. You'll find that its fairly large chamber contains an exquisite variety of stalactites and stalagmites with fascinating formations.
Gua Tok Sabong has some of the most impressive stalactites and stalagmites in all of Langkawi caves - many of which are as attractive as quality marble. You'll find thousands of bats roost within, shrieking through without hitting anything.
Gua Siam is located at Sungai Batu Gajah in the heart of a mangrove swamp. This Langkawi cave rests in a limestone hill. Skeletal remains of humans, animals and primitive tools have been discovered here, although the age of the bones has yet to be ascertained.
Located off a tributary at Kuala Kubang Badak, this cave is situated in an area which was under the sea thousands of years ago, as indicated by the abundance of ancient seashells embedded in the cave walls.
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