Mysterious Caves of Langkawi, Malaysia
Jointly Published by The Department of Irrigation
Ministry of Agriculture, Malaysia and Design Dimension Sdn Bhd
First Edition 1994
21.5 cm x 28.5 cm; 124 pages;
The Langkawi islands are renowned for their clear
turquoise waters blessed with an abundance of tropical marine life, sun-kissed
beaches of fine white sand, mist-covered mountains with lush green forests,
superior marble and a heritage of enchanting folktales and legends.
Beyond these, little is known of the mysterious
caves nestling in gigantic limestone outcrops in hills and mangrove throughout
the island that make up the jewel that Langkawi is. These caves are geological
masterpieces of nature created over millions of years. The diversity and
magnificence of their stalactites and stalagmites astound the senses.
Regardless of the preconception down the ages of
caves being dark, gloomy holes shrouded in superstition and
supernatural, the experience of being actually in one is beyond description.
The world of caves is a world of prehistory, and a miracle of evolution.
This book, the first of its kind to be published
on the Langkawi caves, is the result of numerous trips, spread out over several
months, to locate and photographically explore as many of the caves as possible.
This book attempts to capture the spectacular essence of the caves through
a selection of excellent photographs and lively non-scientific text, and
to create an awareness of the natural beauty and mystery of caves and the
need to conserve them.
There are numerous caves, excluding arches, notches
and smaller sea-caves which, according to this book do not qualify as genuine
caves. Of these, twenty-four caves have been identified, located and
photographed. These include Gua Landak, Gua Kelawar, Gua Tanjung Dendang,
Gua Cerita, Gua Bukit Putih, Gua Tok Jangkit, Gua Buaya, Gua Dangli, Gua
Dukung Adik and Gua Pulau Lima.
The heaviest concentration of caves is on the northern
region of the main island, and they are most interesting. Others are scattered
over much smaller islands north, south and east of the main island. Hardly
any cave has been located in the western region.
The caves represented in this book are by no means
the total number of caves to be found in the islands of Langkawi. Many more,
perhaps, lie lurking in the depths of limestone outcrops, forests and mangrove,
awaiting discovery and exploration. Some will require professional skills
and equipments to scale the treacherous limestone cliffs. Others will remain
undiscovered for a long time to come, challenging those who dare to reveal
their secrets and mystery.
This book boldly captures in excellent pictures
and words the mystery and magnificence of caves and their stunning limestone
Highly recommended reading for nature and caving
enthusiasts, Mysterious Caves of Langkawi, Malaysia is available at all major