Gua Tempurung (Tempurung Cave)
15 December 2007
Exploring cave is fun. Our caving exploration is located at Perak. One of the popular cave, Tempurung Cave is well known to the kids and adults for adventures. I went once with colleagues in year 2007 and 8 months later again with my family.
Getting there is quite fast, only 3 hours from KL using PLUS highway. Take the exit from Gopeng toll when you follow the Ipoh signboard on the North-South PLUS Expressway towards Ipoh.
Turn left at the junction towards Kampar. Look for the green/white Gua Tempurung sign. Drive for 5-6 km and look for a large billboard sign, turn left. Drive another 2 km to reach the entrance to the cave facilities. Parking is FREE.
That’s the reason why 5 of us organized this adventures after Taman Negara: Gua Telinga cave exploration.
At first, we thought it’s just a visit to the cave like what we had before. But in fact, they have some options to go for tougher and wetter. Here it is:
Of course we go for the toughest as we want to complete it in one shot! We ask our guide how would it be and according to him, it’s just involve some crossing in a very narrow and wet river. The water level is reaching our neck. Haha.
In fact, you need to bow down and crawl, that’s why the water level is on your neck.
For Dry Tour
- Dress comfortably (t-shirts and long pants) and wear comfortable shoes or sandals with straps and a good grip. Hiking boots provide better support on rocky surfaces.
- Bring water containers and other personal stuff in small daypack
- Camera and torchlight are optional, but always good to have another light handy.
For Dry and Wet Tour
- Wear comfortable clothes, shoes and socks. Hiking boots are the best for better traction. For pants, use an old pair of loose fitting ones over constricting denim jeans.
- Gloves and kneepads are highly recommended.
- Bring mineral water and other personal gear in a small daypack
- A change of clothes, towel and shoes/sandals to leave in vehicle and clean up for the ride home.
- Waterproof torchlight.
- Bring a waterproof camera or an inexpensive one in a watertight container.
- Put your other items in a dry bag to avoid getting soaked.
- Caving helmet and first aid kid.
As per schedule, we went in and inside was so dark. Without the light from our torch light, we see nothing, absolutely nothing. It was proven when our guide told us to switch off all the light, what can we see. A total blind person as we are.
What we see inside are walls of marble, stalagmites and stalactites. It grows an inch in a hundred years and took million years to form entire cave.
Most people are unfamiliar with caving and what conditions to prepare for.
Our assigned guide has briefed us some caution during the exploration. A big group here.
We were getting entire wet with crawl all over the place.
I do not want to be the last in the group as I did not bring torch light.
The cave tours are a mix of easy walks to challenging scrambles.
Gua Tempurung (Tempurung Cave) has existed since early 8000 B.C. and it is one of the larger cave systems found in the scenic limestone hills of Perak. In fact, it is the largest natural limestone structure in Peninsular Malaysia. The cave measures 1.9 km in length and 120 metres in height. The cave follows a direct course through a mountain range called Gunung Gajah-Tempurung, located south of Ipoh towards Gopeng and Kampar.
Gua Tempurung was first identified in 1887 in the Map of Perak-Malay Peninsula, which indicated a mountain spelt as “Gunong Tempoo Rong”…..
Here are a few interesting facts about the Gua Tempurung limestone caves:
* A karst cave of marble limestone, the cave is over 400 million years old.
* An underground river passage runs for over 1.5 km inside the cave.
* Five large domes with coconut shell (tempurung) ceilings give the cave its name.
* The cave extends nearly 2 km long with heights reaching 120 metres.
* Water levels range from ankle to chest deep and the stream exits somewhere through the hillside.
Jiann Huei is look nothing in the cave, just pass through with confident.
There are few slopes that need to pass through and with others help. I found the sliding is quite fun and challenging. I fall a few times.
We clambered over muddy paths, crawl over rocky holes and slide down slippery stones on a physical. Squatting along the path is really tired and nearly get my leg cramp.
Try to see what is the hidden image under this nature caused?
Wind tunnel is one of the place where you feel the air blowing. The guide asked us where the wind comes from since there’s no connection to outside world. We are still in cave.
He explained the exchanging air from different pressure, hence the air is moving.
A part of cave history exposes itself as with some remnants of mining activities from the old days.
One of the challenging hole to get into. Sure will get you to another path.
As expected, we finished our tour in 3 hours. Feel tired, wet and dirty are in our mind but it’s fun. Fun in term of the way how we done our exploration gave us some sense of success and confident.
There are a toilet and changing room. Shower need to pay RM1 while normal use is 20 cents. Clean up and we continue our ride to Ipoh for lunch and back to KL after that. As car pooling among us, the cost is really cheap, roughly RM50 plus for entire trip per person.