GUA KELAM PERLIS
Gua Kelam is one of limestone's cave in the Setul Formation in Nakawan Range and was maintained by Perlis Forestry Department since 1997. Gua Kelam are also located in Wang Mu Reserve Forest with area coverage of 2000 hectares and was gazetted as a part of Perlis State Park in 3 July 2008 under the Section 10(1) State Forestry Enactment (Application) 1987. The nearest town from Gua Kelam is Kaki Bukit town which is 500 metres from the cave.
Perlis Forestry Department have received an allocation of RM9 Million under "Rancangan Malaysia ke 8" from Malaysia Tourism Ministry for developing the Gua Kelam areas and converting it into a natural museum for educational purpose. Gua Kelam began its operation in the middel of 2007 and fully opened to public in 1 January 2008.
Gua Kelam become famous with the public starting with the high quality tin ore discovery by the Chinese miners during the middle century. According to history, the term Gua Kelam is a title given by the miners due to the darkness within the cave itself. The miners have been forced to use carbide lamp to light the cave during their tin ore mining activities.
Gua Kelam management have been placed under State Park Unit, Perlis Forestry Department and start its operation from 8.00a.m untill 5.00p.m. On Monday, all operation for Gua Kelam are disabled for maintenance work in the building and the surrounded area. A total of 8 workers have been assigned here to ensure that the operation of Gua Kelam goes smoothly.
Since the opening of Gua Kelam in the early 2008, this place have been getting an increase in visitors by domestic and foreign tourist. A total of 3000 person was recorded only in two months time which is between February to March 2008. In addition, Gua Kelam have been receiving around 20 groups of visitors from primary school level until institutions of higher learning.
Visitors can drive here or using taxi and busses services from Kangar straight to Gua Kelam which will take around 30 minutes. The fees charged are also quite cheap and affordable.
HOW TO GO THERE
Take a bus going to Kaki Bukit at the Kangar's main bus station. Then, take a walk of 10 minutes.
From the North-South (PLUS) Highway, take the exit via Changlun and take the Changlun-Kuala Perlis highway to Kangar. From Kangar, continue on route heading towards Padang Besar and you follow the signboard to Kaki Bukit or Wang Kelian.
sumber dari perlisforestry.gov.my