Caves of Langkawi
The limestone rich landscape of Langkawi is dotted with several caves (Gua) spread across the island. Some of them have legendary stories attached to it, others are hidden deep in the forests and a few are only accessible by boat. But all the caves of Langkawi have the potential to captivate visitors with their awe-inspiring beauty.
Bat cave or Gua Kelawar in the Kilim Geopark, is inarguably the most well-known cave in Langkawi. Inhabited by thousands of fruit bats, the cave offers a rare glimpse of resting place of the only flying mammals on our planet. The Kilim river also skirts along the Crocodile cave, which is no longer a habitat of crocodiles, but is still an extraordinary spectacle of nature’s creativity. During low tide, the tour boats can even pass through the cave and you can see limestone structures.
The Porcupine cave also known as Gua Landak is probably the most visited cave of Langkawi. It is located close to the Kuah town and is easily accessible by road. Besides the occasional porcupine, the cave is famous for intricate limestone stalactite and stalagmites.
The cave of legends, locally known as Gua Cerita, has elaborate legends associated with it, and even more elaborate formations of limestone structures. According to one of the folklores, Garuda used this two-tier cave to imprison the princess of China to prevent her marriage with the prince of Rome. The prince however found his fiancée and was able to marry her eventually. This cave sits next to the seashore and is accessible by a boat from Tanjung Rhu.
Several other equally mystical caves lurk in the hinterlands of Langkawi, which always await the arrival of the daring and curious adventurers.