Gua Kelam – Cave of Darkness, Perlis


I had been to this placce at least 5 times. The first time was about 20 years ago when the place was not develop yet and there wasn’t any proper lightings nor walkway. Looking back, I am extremely adventurous because at that time, the place was monitored closely by the police because of security reasons. Communists were still running their activities and the place was also at the border of Thailand.


The few other times I went back was because my children’s textbook featured this place and we wanted the kids to have a first hand look at the real thing. So, each time a kid reached Standard Four, we will return to the place to show them around.

Gua kelam terletak 26 km dari bandar Kangar telah dijumpai oleh seorang penguasaha lombong bijih berbangsa Inggeris bernama Sir John Chambel. Gua yang terletak 0.5 meter dari pekan Kaki Bukit merupakan diantara dua gua yang terunik di dunia, yang mempunyai laluan menembusi gua sepanjang 370 meter.


Translation : Gua Kelam is located 26 km from the Kangar town (capital of Perlis, a northern state in Malaysia). It is founded by an English tin miner, Sir John Chamel. This cave which is located 0.5 km from the Kaki Bukit village is one of the two unique caves in this world. It has a passageway which go throughs a cave measuring 370 metre.


Well, what is unique about this cave is the river running through it. At one end, there is a nice picnic spot. When you appear at the end of the cave, there is an even more beautiful river and park. I shall post photos of the park in another post.

It was just a short walk through the cave and for someone like me who hates cave and its smell, the walk is bearable. (eek, I hate guano, dark, confine places and can get sick in small space) As you can see from the above photos, there are two large chambers and the surfaces of the cave is magical with its surface sparkling in the light.

** I haven’t been posting food blog because lately, there seems to be too many food blogs. Moreover, I found that using my DSLR camera to capture foods seem a little out of place. So, have patience till I find some reason to post food photos! 🙂 Meantime, I got a lot of lovely photos of places I have been to and also festivals which are unique to Malaysia.

Post Author: Lilian

Food, travel, recipes. Chinese Malaysian, blogger, photographer and writer.

4 thoughts on “Gua Kelam – Cave of Darkness, Perlis


    (February 7, 2006 - 8:16 am)

    i like this cave very much, make me wanna be zorro or batman & build my secret hideout here!


    (February 7, 2006 - 2:41 pm)

    Thanks for posting about Gua Kelam, Lilian. The cave is just several kms away from where my parents live in Kangar. There’s another cave called Wang Burma (Perlis – Thai border), suitable for adventurous explorers. I’ve yet to visit Wang Burma, but intend to do so one day.


    (February 9, 2006 - 5:59 pm)

    Love those pics. I have been to Gua Tempurung , near Kampar, and the next time I visit I will definitely check out Gua Kelam. Thanks for sharing.

    […] This is my way overdue post on Gua Kelam at the border of Perlis.  After a walk through the dark caves with water flowing underneath, one will come to the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’. […]

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