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Kilim Nature Park

Ben van Wijnen

"One of the fun things to do with children in Langkawi is a boat trip through Kilim Geoforest Park. On Boxing Day 2004, when the tsunami caused havoc throughout Southeast Asia and many life costs, the mangrove of Langkawi was one of the main reasons that the villages were spared here. Partly for this reason, these mangrove forests on the coast of Langkawi were declared a Geoforest Park. The nature reserve now enjoys protection and with that it became increasingly interesting for tourism."

The Kilim Nature Park spreads over an area of 100sq. km that features a mixture of protected green mangrove forests, isolated white beaches and blue lagoons. You can enjoy the scenic and spectacular views of unique limestone rock formations emerging from the floor of the mangrove swamps and the sea. Kilim Nature Park is located on the northeastern side of Langkawi about 13km from Kuah town and is accessible via Jalan Ayer Hangat. Along the trail, passing through calm winding river, you will be exposed to the wonders of the park's marine ecosystem, flora and fauna and its natural habitats.

The water of the Kilim River shimmers in a deep emerald green as you follow the river bank, taking in the changing scenery with overhanging bogak trees and baby mangroves. You'll spot a large monitor lizard, and on a dark bulky rock, half hidden among the lush green, sits a family of long tailed macaques - as if to welcome us in the wilderness…

The boat will cruise further along the river (Kilim River) which will make a stop at the Bat Cave (Gua Kelawar). At the Bat Cave, you may explore the cave with guidance of the boatman. Inside, hundreds of bat hanging at the cave roof, silently. You can see bats but if you bring camera, you could photograph them with a flash. No worry, they will not fly on your head. 


Through this river cruise, you will be able to witness the wonders of the park’s marine ecosystem, flora and fauna and its natural habitats. You’ll get to see eagles here, in a great number too.
The boatman will do his trick to call the eagle (Brown Eagles) from the mangrove forest or the hill side nearby. Maybe those eagles familiar with the sound of the engine and as well as the food thrown in the water, so they come visiting you. Not just the eagle, Tree Crab, Monitor Lizard and Macaques are also available.
The eagles include white-bellied fish eagle, brahminy kite and the gigantic sea eagles. Some tour operators will stop at a special spot along the river where they feed the eagles, found in great numbers here. These include the white-bellied fish eagle, brahminy kite and the gigantic sea eagles. Kilim River is also a great place for some bird watching during the migratory seasons in September and March.

After feeding the eagles, the boats will move downstream and soon the Andaman Sea, located in the northern coast, comes into view as they exit the Kilim River through The Hole in the Wall. This is a famous passage so named after a narrow opening between formidable walls of limestone cliffs that connect the river to the open sea.

This narrow gap provides a sheltered area for a thriving fish farm and yachts mooring venture.
Not to miss, enjoy yourself with varieties of fish in cages, floating restaurant, fish farm restaurant or some says Hole in the Wall. What ever it is, they have a nice chef that cook good food for you. The fish is of course from the farm. Very mouth watering meal indeed. 

The Langkawi Geopark is made up of 99 tropical islands off the north-western coast of Peninsular Malaysia covering an area of about 478 square kilometre. These rocky tropical legendary islands are rich in geodiversity, many of which have scientific value of national and regional significant.

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