Gunung Tapis Gunung Tapis Rainbow Falls Gua Charas
Other attractions on the way to Sungai Lembing is the beautiful nature park of Gunung Tapis and the reclining Buddha at Gua Charas (Charas Cave)
Gunong Tapis is a hill some 35 kilometers inland from Sungai Lembing
Town. A beautiful nature park with camping spots in the areas. Gunung
Tapis offers a number of activities. You can shoot rapids on one of the
several rivers, or do some great fishing especially for the delectable
"Ikan Kelah" (tortambriodes duronesis). The park also noted for its hot
springs and wildlife. If you plan to stay overnight, camping and
survival equipment are recommended. Prior arrangements for a visit to
the park can be made with the proper authorities.
Gunung Tapis Rainbow Falls
There is loggers trail that leads to the foot of the fall but passable
to off road vehicles only and also during the dry season. The trip by
4X4 vehicle is 35 minutes. Here the falls drop vertically, and as it
splashes down the water is broken up and reaches the bottom as mist.
Between sunrise and 11.00 am, with the sun shinning, a rainbow is
present. Check up the weather before you go in to avoid being stranded
by the rising water!
Charas Cave lies at the foot of the imposing 1,000m-high Panching Hill
and is clearly visible from the road leading towards Sungei Lembing
town. In the Malay language the word 'Gua' means cave. Formed millions
of years ago and carved out by the forces of nature these caves offer an
Housed inside one of the caves is a statue of the reclining Buddha. You
need to climb about 100 cemented steps to reach the lower cave. It is
lighted up and houses a statue of sleeping Buddha. Notable sites were
rock formations resembling the goddess Kwan Yin, an elephant, a combing
princess, a royal tombstone, a fish and a nostril.
Some further steps upwards, are other caves networks with openings. The
walls of the caves are greenish blue because of the moss. From an
opening, you get to see a panoramic view of the plain and the town of
Kuantan in the far distance.
The temple is open to visitors
from 8.30am to 6pm daily
Location: About 25 km northwest of Kuantan at Panching on the Sungei
Take the road that leads to the entrance of the Chinese Temple. The road
is 4 kilometers long and it goes in circle around the palm oil estate to
circumvent the karst hills. Reaching the caves opening facing east.