During the 3rd day of Malaysia Asean East Coast Trail, we explored Museums and Caves in Kuala Terengganu. One of the best locations for nature tripping in Terengganu is Lake Kenyir, situated a 45 minute drive from Kuala Terengganu. This unique lake is a dam reservoir with hundreds of islands that were once rolling hills.
Terengganu is a sultanate on the eastern coast of the Malaysian Peninsular, endowed with natural beauty, including various pristine sandy beaches and luxurious resorts tucked away in nature. There are beautiful lakes with green hills, forming awe inspiring vistas in the background as well, so no matter what kinds of sights you enjoy, there should be something for you here in any case.
In Lake Kenyir, the greenery of the scenery is amazing, being in the middle of some of the world’s oldest rain forests. The lake is home to fabulous chalets, snugly set on the islands and lake shores. The lake and its surroundings offer many attractions including fishing, hiking and camping.
Bewah Jetty Port
Explore Bewah Cave
Close to the lake, you’ll find three famous caves – the Bewah Cave, Taat Cave and Tok Bidan. The latter is submerged underwater. The other two are fantastic natural wonders with limestone formations dating back thousands of years; the Bewah Cave is actually an archaeological site, with Neolithic findings that you can explore.
Concrete Stairs to Bewah Cave
This cave is best accessed by a boat ride from the Gawi jetty. There are different types of boat, the most preferable being the house boat. You can enjoy a 2-hour ride to the caves through the lake, with mesmerizing landscapes in the horizon.
Excavation site inside Bewah Cave
The Bewah Cave is a limestone cave at the foot of Bewah Hill. It is home to thousands of bats, which nest on the roof of the cave. The whole cave is a natural ecosystem of insects and spiders, crabs, crickets and cockroaches. There are also snakes, frogs and smaller mammals that have made a home in the guano covered cave.
Foot of Bewah Hill
A Neolithic fossil and artefacts, such as kitchen utensils, tools and axes were discovered here in the 70s. The cave is accessible through wooden stairs and trails that lead to the mouth of the cave, and there are also great views of the lake from the entrance.
Inside Bewah Cave
The other famous cave, Taat Cave, has magnificent stalagmites and stalactites, with the limestone giving a white sparking hue that gleams in the light. It has two entrances, but can sometimes be inaccessible during high tide, so plan accordingly.
Lake Kenyir is a huge lake that offers many activities such as angling, water skiing, kayaking, and beautiful nature trails around the islands. The various estuaries at the mouths of streams teem with many species of fish. There are many waterfalls, where boats stop for a lovely evening dinner and camping. There are great views and hiking trails up Gunung Gagau Mountain. If you’re a nature lover, you’ll be amazed by the many plant and flower species, butterflies, tropical birds and fungi.
various artifacts found inside the cave
A visit to this destination offers Malaysian natural beauty that will enthral visitors like few places in the world can do – it’s a must-visit for anyone who loves traveling!
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