The Geoparks of Langkawi – Kilim Karst

Aerial view of Kilim Karst Geoforest Park

Aerial view of Kilim Karst Geoforest Park

 

Whenever a friend or anyone tells us they will be visiting Langkawi, we always..always tell them to visit the geoparks, especially the  geosites. And as usual, the response we normally get is ‘what’s a geopark?’

Firstly,’geopark’ is not a short form for geological park, in fact it is a term used for a nationally protected area that has geological heritage sites of international significance. It doesn’t stop there. According to UNESCO, the geological heritage sites must also be part of the sustainable development of the local community who lives in the area, and that’s what differentiate a geopark from a national park.

Last we check, there are about 88  geoparks in the the world and Langkawi was the first geopark in Southeast Asia endorsed by UNESCO on 1st June 2007.

Basically, Langkawi Geopark can be divided to 3 main Geoparks.  The Kilim Karst Geoforest Park, The Machincang Cambrian Geoforest Park and The Dayang Bunting Geoforest Park.

 

The meeting point between the Andaman Sea (right) and Kilim River (left)

Aerial View of Kilim Karst Geoforest Park. Here you can see the meeting point between the Kilim River (left) and the Andaman Sea (right)

 

The Kilim Karst Geoforest Park

It is easy to identify which geoforest park you are in just by looking at the colour of the stones. For Kilim Karst, it is greyish limestone all over.

 

This is a sea stack. It used to be part of a headland. Over a long period of time and countless waves has shaped it into what we now see today.

This is a sea stack. It used to be part of a headland. Countless waves and erosion over a long period of time has shaped it into what we now see today.

 

One of the best way to enjoy Kilim is to charter a boat. There are many interesting locations to visit and you can choose which locations you would like to go to.

 

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Feeling hungry? There are many floating restaurants around serving fresh seafood

One of our favourite geosites is at Anak Tikus Island. This dark grey coloured limestone island is rich with fossils, particularly the gastropod, ancestors to the snails family.

 

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Aerial View of Anak Tikus Island

 

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Gastropod Fossils on Anak Tikus Island

 

Actually, it is not that easy to spot a gastropod fossil, it took us a few minutes to find one. The fossil is about the size of an average thumb, and it can be found scattered over the small island. I guess this is as close as we can get to be a geologist.

 

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Dark and moderate to thickly layered limestone of Anak Tikus Island

 

Kilim is also rich with its mangrove forests. If you are up for it, you can hire a kayak and explore the small passages that only a Kayak can access to.

 

Kayaking through Kilim River

Kayaking through Kilim River

 

A normal tourist package will take about one whole day to sight seeing around Kilim Karst Geoforest Park, but if you have the time, we would suggest you to spend at least 2 days to explore the beauty and history behind Kilim Karst Geoforest Park.

Don’t worry… you don’t have to be a geologist to enjoy Langkawi Geopark

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Sunset at Kilim Karst Geoforest Park

 

Visit www.naturallylangkawi.my, www.lada.gov.my

 

6 Comments

  1. dalo2013 says:

    Wow, beautiful series of shots…I hope to visit this place some time this year 🙂

  2. Thank you dalo2013….A good time to visit Langkawi would be Feb – August. If you are planning to visit some of the geosites which are located on the small islands surrounding Langkawi’s main Island, we wouldn’t recommend going in November – December, because the sea can get a little bit rough due to the rainy season 🙂

  3. Cheers for liking my Collateral Lettuce post about teh tarik! Apakah kalian sering minumnya?

    A couple of these photos remind me of Yeliu in Taiwan, Have you been?

    • Hi there, yes, as you know, we Malaysian love our teh tarik….ya, kami sering meminumnya… 🙂
      We’ve never been to the Yeliu Geopark…hoping to get there in the near future

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