This is the name of a elephant shaped mountain just outside Alor Star. It’s a very large limestone lump jutting right out of the flat landscape. We had heard that you could get a guide and venture either to the top or go inside. Going inside sounded intriguing.
So jumping into a taxi and 30 mins later we pulled up to the base. At the bottom you will find a car park and a few shops selling rocks and quartz mined from the mountain. After a few enquire’s with a friendly local shopkeeper. She jumped on her small motorcycle and zoomed off, ten mins later she returned to advise us that a guide will be with us shortly.
Sure enough a chap arrived on a pedal cycle made in the 1970’s. He was small in stature but big on personality. Please call me Rocky I will be your guide inside the mountain. How long would you like to spend inside ? He presented us with a few options.We opted for a few hours.
This would entail going through in more or less a sort of straight line (liberal interpretation). Now for those of you who are health and safety conscious. In this kind of environment there is…None….You just have to be very, very, very careful as any kind of rescue will take hours and hours. First of all you have to walk up and up on a very small stony path in the intense humid heat with all the bugs buzzing about your head. As there was fresh meat on offer I soon found myself with a few new unexpected friends. Bugs aside the tropical jungle environment is wonderful and totally enchanting. A few photos with some text follows all taken on the Nikon D810.
Bat droppings ! What !
Yes bat poo is a money maker….Not a lot.
The way into the cave entrance is by the red writing on the wall.
The dark area to the left of it. Of you go son get stuck in !
There are no photos inside the cave. First of all, I was a bit preoccupied with looking where my feet went as the only light inside the cave comes from your head torch. There are no ropes or real designated paths. Just trust and follow the chap (Rocky) in front. During the trip he went to great lengths to explain the flora, fauna and types of crystals.