Kilim karst geoforest park is a geological heritage park in Langkawi, Malaysia and is spread over the area of 100 square kilometres at the mouth of the Andaman Sea featuring many mangrove swamps, beaches, and the unique karstic hills. The Kilim Geoforest Park is one of the three geoforest parks and is a part of the larger langkawi geoforest park. You can reach the park by boat from the Tanjung Rhu Beach which is only 3 kilometres away. What makes this place really special is the co-existence of coastal karsts and mangrove ecosystems, which is one-of-a-kind in Malaysia. Its diverse natural, geological, biological, and cultural come together to offer a unique spectrum of visual experiences to its visitors.
kilim karst geoforest park tour experience the wonders of nature at Langkawi’s coastal mangrove forest. Stopping at the jetty, you can then walk along a wooden platform through a mangrove swamp while admiring the natural beauty of the overhanging Bogak tree, tree crabs, macaques and unique limestone formations. The path leads you directly to a bat-filled cave! Developed on the oldest limestone- the Setul formation, the pinnacles of various sizes and shapes are breathtaking. The Mangrooves are also one of the best found in the world. You can also explore the forest reserve via boat and learn all about its ecology, medicinal plants and migratory birds.
Of the many geological formations, the visitors can enjoy the park’s rock formations, coastal and island karst morphologies, century-old fossils, interesting caves, and a plethora of flora and fauna. The vertical rock formations found here made up of the Setul Formation (the oldest carbonate rock in the region) and some of them are believed to more than 500 million years old and have been given unique names like Temple of Borobodur, the Elephant Stone and the Hanging Gardens. The many caves found here are also given names like Crocodile Cave, Cave of Legends, and Bat Cave and are definitely worth exploring. Animals like otters, monitor lizards, macaques, and tree crabs, and bird species like kingfishers, white-bellied, fish eagles, the Brahminy kite, and kite eagles can be seen here in abundance.
If you want to explore the Kilim geoforest park, the most recommended way is to do so by taking a ride in a riverboat cruise along the Kilim River. This boat ride will cost you anywhere between RM200 and RM500 per person. This boat comes with an on-board experienced guide who will take you to the limestone caves and floating fish farms, which you can then explore at your own pace. If you are looking for a more personalized experince, you can rent a private boat, kayak, or jet-ski.
The other two parks that form the Langkawi Geopark are Machinchang Cambrian Geoforest Park, located to the west of the island and The Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest Park, located on the island of Pulau Dayang Bunting.
Machinchang Cambrian Geoforest Park is located on a vast mountain range to the north western side of the island. Mount Gunung Raya, a huge granite mountain that is best known for its Cambrian rock formations is located right in the centre of this park. The region of Teluk Datai is oldest part of this geoforest. It is believed that the Machinchang Cambrian Geoforest Park is home to the oldest mountain range in Malaysia and one of the most ancient rainforests in the world. The mountains here show a very high-resistance to tectonic deformations, you will see that the rock appear to have been chopped. Most locals believe that this formed due to a brawl that happened between 2 giants – Mat Cincang and Mat Raya. This park is also home to the to the Cable Car, Langkawi Sky Bridge and Sky Trail which are some of the top attractions on the island.
The Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest Park is the second largest forest park of the three geo-parks on the island of Langkawi. This park is located 18 kilometres south of the island of Langkawi and is made up of 99 islands. To reach the park, you can take a 20-minute boat ride from Pantai Tengah. Featuring many marble and limestone formations, this park is the only place where you can see the Permian marble in the entire world. Other geological formations found here are the caves of Pulau Lima and Pulau Dua, sea stakes and other rock formations formed due to the impact of sea waves. The Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest Park is also home to a large fresh water fish that was naturally formed due to the surrounding limestone caves. This lake is separated from the sea by a tiny strip of land and yet continues to contain fresh water which has led the locals to believe that this water has some magical properties. Many childless couples come to this lake with a hope to gain fertility and hence this lake is also called ‘Lake of the Pregnant Maiden.’ The lake is surrounded with lush rainforest from all sides which boasts a range of recreational activities like swimming, boating, kayaking, fish spa, hiking, wildlife-viewing, and more. The rich vegetation here is also home to many animal and bird species like hornbill, kingfisher, woodpecker, kite, drongo, monkeys, a number of insects and butterflies, and monitor lizards among many others. This geopark is also the first UNESCO geopark in Southeast Asia.
- kilim karst geoforest park tours are available.
- The fare includes the journey tickets, food and the tour of the Geoforest park.
- Riverboat cruise along Kilim River is generally priced between RM200 and RM500.
- Hole in the wall restaurant- BBQ fish
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77.6% of people who visit Langkawi Island include Kilim Karst Geoforest Park in their plan
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73.6% of people start their Kilim Karst Geoforest Park visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Kilim Karst Geoforest Park
74.29% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Kilim Karst Geoforest Park
Absolutely the best attraction on the island. Did a 2 hour private boat tour. Boat ride along the mangrove was fun, seeing snakes, with the eagle watching a highlight. The fish farm was meh but the bat cave was unique. The boat driver could be a bit more talkative though.
Beautiful Scenery with broad river. A serene greenery. A small boat ride along the stream is greatly enjoy.
It was great! Fantastic nature experience. The limestone Bat Cave was fascinating and boat trip was awesome. We were lucky enough to see the white eagle as well.
Oh this is a must do it was only RM90...all worth it!!! An experience you will never forget. Our guide was great too. MUST DO Guys
Worth the time. Get out there and feel the nature. I'll not say more, find out yourself.