Lying 3 km northeast of Tanjung Rhu Beach, Kilim Geoforest Park is the first Geopark in the South East Asia region that offers 100 square kilometres of mesmerising archaeological landscapes. Along with its historic beauty, this park offers beautiful mangrove swamps, breathtaking beaches, and magnificent hills. Famous animals like the brahmini kite, monitor lizards, monkeys can be spotted quite often.
Kilim Karst Geoforest Park is nestled at the northeastern tip of Langkawi and is full of sandy beaches, mangrove swamps, lush green trees. It is just a 10 minutes drive from Tanjung Rhu beach and thus, is a good option for families; especially those with kids and can be one of the most Langkawi places to visit.
During the months of September to March, which form the migratory season, tourists can spot different species of birds here. Some of them being - white-bellied fish eagles, kite eagles, and kingfishers. For the other months, the wildlife is not bad either and comprises of creatures like monitor lizards and tree climbing crabs.
Location: 3 kilometres from Tanjung Rhu Beach towards the northeast
Timings: 8 am to 5 pm
Entry Fees: RM 200 to 500 for a tour guide plus a boat ride.
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• Enter the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park through the infamous Kilim River Tourism Jetty.
• Witness the elegance of coexisting coastal Karst and mangrove ecosystems.
• Experience the richness of Malaysian heritage through the humblest village of Kilim that is located inside this park.
• Engage in Socio-economic activities with locals of the Kilim village.
• Visit the most unique tunnel cave made of pure limestone.
• Explore the island of Tanjung Rhu to relax on one of the cleanest beaches watching 20 different species of birds.
• Check out the Bats cave (Kalawar Cave) situated in between the mangrove swamps.
• Walk towards one of the freshest lakes in Langkawi islands, the Langgun Lake.
• Enjoy snorkelling at the dangli island during neap tide with the calmest waters.
• Enter the mysterious Gua Buaya cave commonly known as the crocodile cave.
• Catch a glimpse of the infamous habitants like Brahmini kite, white-bellied sea eagles, and monitor lizards.
You can reach Kilim Geoforest Park by taking a motor boat from Kilim River Jetty, and Tanjung Rhu Bay. A 20-minute boat ride from Pantai Tengah will take you to Kilim Geoforest Park.
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Places to Explore Near Kilim Karst Geoforest Park
1. Mangrove Flora: Mangroves can withstand extreme weather conditions including strong water currents, high temperatures, high salinity, strong winds and muddy soils in anaerobic states. The term mangrove points to trees, plants, ferns shrubs, palms etc mainly called mangrove swamps. The mangrove of Kilim is generally composed of two types, Bakau Kurap (Rhizophora mucronata) and Bakau Minyak (Rhizophora apiculata).
2. Limestone Flora: The limestones of the Kilim Geoforest Park date back to 500 million years in the past. The limestone structures are found almost everywhere inside this place with beautiful colours and shapes.. The most unique species is the limestone cycad found in the limestone hills. Beautiful yellow flowers are famously known to grow on the limestone deposits.
3. Fauna: The biodiversity index of Kilim Geoforest Park is impressive as there is a variety of species of different animals are found here. 34 species of Mangrove fauna, 33 species of snakes, 25 species of mammals and a whopping 238 species of birds are found in this area. Among 84 species of butterflies found here, 22 of them are the rarest species belonging to Geoforest Park only.
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B) Geological Wonders
1. Rock Diversity: The oldest carbonate rock in the region, dates back to almost 500 million years ago, While the intermost of the rocks are made of Setul formation, the younger rocks are of Singa formation with layers of sandstone in them. Karst hills with overhanging cliffs, limestone caves, and bare rocks are diverse rocks found in this region.
2. Landform Diversity: The Setul limestone of the Geoforest park got dissoluted, resulting in different shapes and forms of the pinnacles, islands and hills. The most interesting outcome of this dissolution of rock formations are needle-like structures, known as pinnacles. Rock formations enlarge and join together in a series to form a lake tunnel showcasing different beautifully shaped and coloured limestone deposits.
3. Fossil Diversity: Fossils of the Geoforest park try to speak about the Setul and Singa formations dating back to 500 to 200 million years ago. These fossils are mainly inside limestones and detrital rocks taking shapes of moulds, karsts, traces and imprints. Fossils are found here in various shapes such as spiral ones in different colours.
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Tips to Visit Kilim Karst Geoforest Park
- Make sure to pre-book your tickets as this place is a crowded place leading to sold-out tickets.
- Be careful while entering inner tunnel lakes as it is home to hundreds of bats.
- Carry medicines with you in case of any discomfort near saline waters.
- Stay hydrated as this place involves continuous exploration.
- Be careful while feeding the eagles at different places in this park.
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Translating from their local language, and as the name suggests, this place is home to 100s of Kelawar or bats. Located in the centre of Kilim Mangrove swaps, this 60 m long cave is a combination of two caves. The western cave trends northeast and the other cave is bigger trending northwest. The radiocarbon embedded in this cave dates back to 5000 years in the past.
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Situated at the southernmost tip of Langgun island, this island possesses an abundance of fossils. Anak Tikkus translates to “Baby Rats”. The limestone making up this island is of dark colour with moderate to thick layers. The fossils found in the dark limestones are mainly gastropods and cephalopods. A lot of spiral-shaped formations are found here as a result of prolonged erosion.
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The second Largest pure water lake owned by the Langkawi islands, this lake is pristine and beautiful. Originally a sinkhole, this lake repositioned itself into its present state as the years passed by. The mesmerising view of Langgun Lake with limestone hills at back is what people visit these clearest waters for.
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Situated on the northwestern coast of Pulau Langgun, this place is famous for its Devonian rocks in Malaysia. Mempelam translates to “Mango” as this is the place where Setul formation was uprighted. You can click the beautiful photographs of the Gastropod fossil found in the beautiful golden-colour mould, greenish sandstone clasts and the red mudstone of the Singa Formation.
Connecting a large lake to the sea, this is a small underground lake tunnel in the Kilim Geoforest Park. This small lake can be entered by boats during low tide and is a doline of salty water encircled by a vertical limestone cliff. The limestone, just like the others is rich in fossils and has ancient seashells engraved vibrantly on the cave’s enchanting roof.
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Containing the two chambers overlapping on the top of each other, this cave was developed a whooping 440 million years ago. Facing the sea, the upper chamber shows you the beautiful views of emerald waters and the lower one is an extension of an ancient water cave. The enchanting cave is home to swallows and bats. The cave possesses archaeological artefacts and ancient paintings and is preserved by the archaeological bodies of Malaysia.
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Centered around the name of a tree, this cave is a tunnel that connects a bay with the waters to a brackish water doline. The doline lies in between limestone cliffs and portrays itself as a mangrove fringe along with the forested wetland. Entering this cave. you may experience captivating views of the turquoise water sea, limestone cliffs and the bay.
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Not to be confused with a lake full of crocodiles, this lake is named as such due to its elegant look mimicking the look of an actual crocodile when witnessed from certain angles. This lake is 100% naturally developed by limestones making a small boat enter at the time of low tide. However, you are likely to catch bats that sit on the roofs and walls of this adorable lake.
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Protecting the lagoon behind itself, Tanjung Rhu is a large sand spit providing several viewpoints of Karstic hills. The Tanjung Rhu has a beautiful beach with white sands, known as a place for staycation and picnics. With the stunning view at the time of sunset dropping behind the Ayan Rooster Island, this Tanjung Beach offers one of the most photographed views.
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