Photo courtesy of Geoscience and Mineral Department, Perak
The Lembah Kinta is expected to be declared as a national geopark by November, making it the largest location to be accorded such status in the country.
With a land size larger than the Langkawi UNESCO Global Geopark, the Lembah Kinta national geopark will be the third geopark in the country after Langkawi and Gunung Jerai.
Lembah Kinta promises to become the most exciting national geopark in Malaysia because within its confines are located a wide variety of attractions.
Geotrails have been demarcated which lead visitors to enjoy different travel experience. The geotrails are namely the route that takes visitors to Gunung Lang, Limau Bali Tambun, Gua Tempurung, “Pencil Rock” at Lost World of Tambun, and Kampung Pos Raya, an Orang Asli (indigenous) cultural village.
Gunung Lang is a recreational park some five kilometres away from Ipoh, the Perak state capital, and within it is a cascading man-made waterfall over the edge of the limestone hill.
The site, located off Jalan Kuala Kangsar, is a well-landscaped former tin mining area that is already filled up to become a lake amid its lush greenery. A walk-up tower affords a bird’s eye-view of the area.
Limau Bali Tambun or known as Tambun pomelo is the signature fruit in the geopark. The flesh is juicy that is sweet or sweet and sour and a must-have for visitors.
Motorists will stop over to buy them at fruit stalls in the city of Ipoh or along highway rest areas.
Pencil Rock is the unique limestone formation at the Lost World of Tambun water theme park. The vertical limestone slab resembles a pencil is a favourite spot for shuttle bugs.
The Gua Tempurung is one of the longest limestone caves in Peninsular Malaysia located in Gopeng about half an hour drive south of Ipoh. Be sure to explore the 3km-long stalactites and stalagmites inside the cave and a subterranean river that runs through it.
Next up is the Kampung Pos Raya inhabited by about 500 natives of the Temiar tribe in Simpang Pulai, about 20-minute drive from Ipoh.
Check out the culture and unique dance-style at the quaint village and be sure to buy shirts, pants, and blankets as novelties made from the inner barks of the Terap Tree.
Geoscience and Mineral Department (JMG) Perak director Mohd Sidi Daud said with an area of 1,958 square kilometers encompassing the surrounding areas of Ipoh to the town of Kampar, the sprawling Lembah Kinta National Geopark is host to a lot of natural and cultural heritage.
He said Kinta Valley Geopark ‘geotrail’ would start at the Geological Museum and reach as far as Tambun Cave, a cliff face with prehistoric paintings on its walls.