The Kilim Karst Geoforest Park is a 100 square kilometre nature reserve in Langkawi that holds some of the islands most amazing geo-sites. Such is its beauty that the entire area is administered and protected by the Peninsular Malaysia Forestry Department. It is full to the brim with giant limestone rock formations, caves, fossils, lagoons, beaches, fauna and flora, as well as seascapes. You will enter the park from Kilim Jetty or Tanjung Rhu Bay, where a guided boat tour takes you to the park’s entrance via the Kilim River. The Geoforest Park area includes the river basins of Kilim, Kisap, Air Hangat, as well as several islands, such as Tanjung Dandang and Langgun. Kilim river starts you off with green, wetland mangroves on one side and enormous limestone rock formations on the other, some even discovered to be over 500 million years old. That’s an aesthetic and historical holiday treat all in one.
Price: RM 200 – 400
Pick-up: 9:00 am
Return Transfer: 5:00pm
- Grab a torch/flashlight and make your way through Bat Cave, home to thousands of Malaysian fruit bats. No need to fear, as your sugar content isn’t high enough for them to find you delicious.
- Visit the fish farm, a wooden platform floating on the water which acts as an exhibit for the exotic fish and other marine life.
- At one point eagles will swoop down around the boat to grab up food that the boat has provided for them. Eagles are a generally competitive bunch, so the aerial acrobatics are incredible to witness.
- The boat will take you to Kilim River’s edge where you can see the Andaman Sea disappear into the horizon.
- Anak Tikus Island will be your next stop, also known as fossil island due to the rock structures full of dead impressions of once-living organisms. The fossils are said to date as far back as 480 million years ago.
- If you’ve ever wanted to wander into a place where people say a banshee lives, then you’re in luck. The Langsir cave legend began probably due to the shrill, shrieking sound made by wind passing through the depths of the cave via an opening in its upper chamber.
- Pulau Langgun’s north-western coast is where you’ll find Mempelam Bay and the most famous formation of Devonian rocks in the Malaysian Peninsular.
- Within Langgun Island lies the second largest freshwater lake in Malaysia, which came to be as water dissolved the limestone walls of the surrounding caves.
- Stop by one of the many islands along the tour to relax and unwind at picturesque beaches.
- Crocodile Cave gets its name from a time when crocodiles used to roam the waters there. Unfortunately, there are no longer any reptilian beauties here anymore, but the plus side is you are now safe to explore. Kilim River passes through the cave, and at low tide, a boat can fit through as well. The Caves ceilings have amazing limestone rock formations which are definitely worth making an effort to see.