Concealed within this limestone
massif is an intricate system of caves honeycombed inside the limestone
hills. These caves are actually a breath taking gallery of stalagmites
and stalactites and other amazing rock formations which are superb
geological wonders found only in this
part of the world.
Entering this cave in the rain forest, it would take 5 and a half hours
to go through the entire cave. Many times one has to crawl on hands and
knees to fit through the labyrinth of stalagmites and stalactites. Much
of the time you would also be knee deep in water
Bats can be heard squealing in the high caverns throughout the cave
lending a very surreal atmosphere to the entire experience. The ancient
smells tell stories of their own. It is humid and pitch black except for
In the middle of this cave there is a stalagmite over 2 million years
old. It stands so tall that it feels like an enormous Earth Guardian.
The "Giant", as the stalagmite is called, points high into the cave, and
even the ceiling of the cave is so majestic, and so enormously
magnificent that you would become totally awe struck. The feeling is one
of being in the presence of a wise sentient being; an Earth
Guardian. Standing silent you try to listen to what this
ancient stalagmite had to say.
Shining your flashlight into a running underground river brings
brilliant reflections like so many stars in the night sky from small
chips of marble in the riverbed. These small stones have never seen the
light of day. Become transfixed as if transported to some other place in
When you finally reach the exit of the cave, enjoy the sunlight
filtering down through the lush jungle greenery, with monkeys and birds
frolicking all about.
Gua Tempurung, is located in Gopeng, Perak, and can be reached from the
North-South Highway by exiting through the Gopeng Interchange, about 25
km south of Ipoh. You then take Federal Route 1 and proceed south about
2 km until Kampung Gunung Mesah. Turn left and drive on the kampung road
for about 4 km. This kampung road can support heavy vehicles including
buses. As you drive through this kampung area you begin to see the
limestone hills in the distance. Approaching the caves is a very
mystical experience with the mist hovering above the hills.