Air Hangat & Kilim Attractions, Langkawi
Spanning from east to north east of main Langkawi island, this area is full of wonderful sightseeing attractions. If I must choose just one best attraction in the whole of the island, I would pick up one from this area, it is a visit to Kilim Geopark & Mangroves.
The park that can be experienced from the water area is a stunning collections of strange geological formations, limestone cliffs, islands, forests and mangroves along with amazing animal and bird life.
Other great attractions in the area include the Air Hangat village with its famous and self healing hot water spring, the Bird Paradise and Wildlife Park, great waterfalls, and the towering peak of Gunung Raya that provides a panoramic view of the island and the sea from its top.
So this area has a mix of all kinds of attractions except for sea beaches. For that you will need to go further north towards Tanjung Rhu. However some attractions here are quite dispersed and therefore will require that you hire a car or a taxi. The drive to the top of mountain Gunung Raya is charged separately by the taxi drivers.
Overall, air Hangat and Kilim areas are quiet and full of greenery. You will pass by several villages as you drive through the area.
Here are the main attractions in this area:
This is one of our top favorites. You will need to take a boat tour from Kilim Jetty to see and experience the geopark from the Kilim river and can also go out to the open ocean. Accorded by UNESCO as the World Heritage Geopark site, the area is full of stunning limestone rock formations along the banks of the river and full of dense mangrove swamps. There are several other unique geological formations in the park including caves, islands with fossils, lakes and more. You will also see amazing bird and animal life in this area.
Can you believe that a large two storied museum has been created only to showcase gifts and souvenirs received by a person? Galeria Perdana houses an amazing array of gifts that were all received by the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia and his wife from the leaders and well-wishers all over the world. The exhibits here includes exquisite wood carvings, leather & copper items, ceramics & crystals, textile items, musical instruments, even personal cycles & cars, and lot more. There are more than 2500 exhibits on display.
Although called a village, this is a modern complex & a cultural park and spread across 2-acres of area. It has fountains, restaurants and Spa. One of the most popular attractions is the hot water spring which is supposed to heal all pains in your feet if you dip them into the spring water. There are also small stalls selling gifts & souvenir items.
Although originally named as Bird Paradise, this 5.5 acre complex was later renamed as Langkawi Wildlife Park after many animal exhibits were added. The complex has over 150 species of animals, mammals, reptiles and birds. However you won't find too many exotic species here. There are guides available inside. Here you can have interaction with animals though fun feeding sessions, go through the large bird rooms and the aviary, you can take pictures with animals, or enjoy some snacks & drinks at the cafe, etc. The entire park is covered with roofed pathways.
This is a wonderful 14-tier waterfalls that flows down Gunung Raya, the highest mountain in Langkawi. At the base there is a nice spread out park with many different flora and fauna. Each tier has its unique pool. There are shaded resting places on the way. From the top of the falls, the views of the island and the coastline is breathtaking.
The floating fish farm is located on the Kilim river and can be accessed by a short boat ride from the Kilim Jetty. There are many different species of fish and other marine creatures that are found in Malaysian water are on display here including the giant Sting Rays and Horseshoe crabs. Usually a visit to this fish farm is covered as part of the tour to the Kilim Geopark.
A small island on the Kilim river which is full of fossils that date back to the time of 480 million years ago. The island is also great for watching many flora and small animal life in the forests surrounding it.
This is an amazing spectacle. In a calm water area on the Kilim river and surrounded by limestone cliffs and mangroves, the boatman stops the engine and starts throwing small chicken skins into the water. And from nowhere numerous reddish brown eagles would start swooping down to take away their food, as if they were all waiting for a party.
Gunung Raya is the highest mountain in Langkawi with an altitude of 881 meters. There is a road that goes all the way up to the peak and amidst dense forested area. By car it takes about 25 minutes to reach the top from the foot hill. The forest is well known for its wide diversity of flora and fauna. At the top there is a museum and a park. The view, especially the sunset from the top is marvelous.
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