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Kenyir Lake ~ Waterfalls & Caves

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Waterfalls


There are 14 waterfalls found and flow rapidly around the lake. The most famous are Lasir Waterfall (nearby Uncle John Resort), Tembat Waterfall (just a minute to Musang Kenyir Resort) and Saok Waterfall. Saok Waterfall is situated at the east of Pulau Besar (about 20 minutes boat ride from Gawi Jetty). Whist to the south (nearby Jenagor Dam) are Lasir, Kenyir and Pertang River waterfalls


Lasir Waterfalls
One of the many spectacular waterfalls within Lake Kenyir. Being about 500 feet high, Lasir drops gracefully into multi-tiered levels of boulders forming sprays of water. Ponds of water are available at each of the 5 levels.

Well shaded by the canopy of the surrounding forest it offers a cold refreshing bath at the fallsLocated about 16 km to the south of Pengkalan Gawi. By boat it will take about 30-45 minutes to reach there. It is also a perfect camping site with a flat area at the highest level.



Soak Waterfalls
Located on the eastern shore of Besar Island, it is a 15 - 20 minute boat ride from Gawi. A favourite spot for picnickers and nature lovers, the fall is a beautiful sight of cascading water over rock terraces and boulders. At the ground level, there is a flat sandy area perfectly sized for a whole family to have a picnic and for children to have a fun-frolic time.




Tembat Waterfalls
Located at the Tembat River, the waterfall is a beautiful gradual series of flowing water on boulders and ridges. Unlike Lasir and Soak, Tembat is actually composed of five rapids with fast flowing streams to form a cascading waterfall. It is a very popular spot for visitors and campers as there is a camping site by the fall which can accommodate a fairly large group easily. In addition, there is also a hiking trail which will enable you to reach the top and from that vantage point you will be rewarded with a magnificent view of the waterfall. From Gawi to Tembat, you only need a 45 to 60 minute boat ride.



Caves


Located in the National Park, Bewah and Taat Caves are two towering limestone caves that abound with mysteries and legends. These cave are not only natural wonders, they are also the sites of archeological discoveries dating back to Neolithic times. This is the site where archeologists and historians have uncovered artifacts such as kitchen utensils, axes and tools.


They are located at the southern end of the lake, and lie within Taman Negara. Therefore permits have to be bought in order to enter the Park. Before the creation of the lake, there were probably several caves accessible and some were of archaeological importance. However when the area was flooded, most of the caves were lost underwater.

You can now explore the Taat Caves through its two visible entrances while the nearby Bewah Caves has only one entrance. It is advisable to bring along torchlight's should you explore Taat Caves. At Bewah Caves, solar lighting are available. Gua Bewah is the biggest of the known caves, situated in Bukit Bewah while Gua Taat is in the hill opposite Bewah and has two entrances.


Gua Bewah
From the floating jetty, a steep flight of steps lead up to the big entrance situated 40m above lake level. The cave is basically one huge chamber. The back section of the cave is the most interesting containing an abundance of cave fauna such as crickets, bats and spiders. There are not many stalagmites or stalactites, so although the cave is not pretty in that sense, it is really impressive due to the huge size of the chamber.


Gua Taat
The main entrance is reached by a wooden step ladder. The entrance is quite small and low compared to Bewah. A straight tunnel with a flat roof leads to the back section, where it meets a small stream.

The passage then swings round to the left, and there are some nice formations, such as a "Lion King" shaped stalagmite and an impressive array of 'sharks' teeth' formations. Light comes in from the second entrance, but to reach it entails a belly crawl through a tight squeeze. Gua Taat was first dug in 1959. Flaked tools from the Hoabinhian period (14,000-10,000 years ago) were found, as well as pottery and food remains such as molluscs. There is a second cave further round, Gua Taat 2, but it is basically just a long rock shelter. It is easy to see why Stone Age man used these caves as temporary refuges - for shelter and protection, and providing a good view down onto the lower grounds below.

Bewah and Taat Caves beckon anyone to uncover its mysteries, and it takes approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours by boat to reach these caves from Pengkalan Gawi.

 


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