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Gua Kelam, Kaki Bukit

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>>Gua Kelam (Kelam Cave)

One of the most distinctive caves in Malaysia is a 370-metre long limestone cave near the small town of Kaki Bukit (literally 'foot hill') called Gua Kelam (Cave of Darkness). Located about 33km north of Kangar, the state capital, Gua Kelam Recreational Park is popular for its enchanting 'cave walk' where you can enter from one end of the cave and come out at a different location.

The only path to the cave is via an eight-foot wide wooden suspension bridge. This bridge links Kaki Bukit to the Wan Tangga Valley, a valley on the opposite end of Gua Kelam. Back in 1935, an Englishman saw the water pathway as a brilliant method to transport tin ore from a mine located near the stream entrance through the underground cavern to Kaki Bukit.

Now, locals and tourists make their way through the cave via a brightly lit wooden walkway inside the cave. You can still find remnants of the tin mine operation within the cave. As you make your way through the cave, the whispers of a swirling dark subterranean stream, together with the squeaking bats and dripping water from the stalactites, form a concerto of natural sounds. It sounds a bit spooky, but adds to the mystery of a cave that was was once the home of Stone Age men.

>>Getting Here (By Bus)

Take a bus going to Kaki Bukit at the Kangar's main bus station. Then, take a walk of 10 minutes.

>>Getting Here (By Road)

From the North-South (PLUS) Highway, take the exit via Changlun and take the Changlun-Kuala Perlis highway to Kangar. From Kangar, continue on route heading towards Padang Besar and you follow the signboard to Kaki Bukit or Wang Kelian.

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  • It was a great visit. Wished we had more time to spend climbing all the trails and up the top. The garden is beautiful. The walk through the cave was nice and mysterious. Loved it!  more »
  • You can have an experience walk in the cave. Plus, you can see a formation of stalactites and stalagmites that hangs from the ceiling of caves by yourself  more »
  • Beautiful place with river stream and limestone cave, certain places in the cave is not lit and it certainly holds to its name as 'darkness cave'. I went to visit during weekday and the cave walk can be a bit creepy as there is no other visitors but the place is quite popular in the weekends. You will be greeted by a garden at the end of the cave, more like a forest garden than a flower garden. FYI, you can have a picnic even without entering the cave as there is a forest garden before and after the cave.
  • Unique cave. Not something you see everyday. Love the bridge like platform as there are water flowing underneath. You can see beautiful formation of the limestone inside. Not too much bats sleeping around and no smell of droppings either. You can traverse to the end of the path to find beautiful vistas outside. Overall good experience for first timers and returning visitors

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