Langkawi is an archipelago of about 99 islands, we visited only two besides the long walks and leisurely times spent on some beaches.

The first island cum marble geo park was Dayang bunting island and marble geo forest park. From a point on beach side we rode on boat and what a ride it was. Waters green blue to the limit of eyes, green forest covered islands standing in the middles of waters and the speed, it was thrilling, it was fun. We all shouted with child like enthusiasm whenever a wave under the boat bumped into the boat with force and pushed it upward.

 

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Dayang Bunting island is said to be the second largest island in Langkawi. It is uninhabited island though various tourist activities, stores and hoards of boats keep it alive and buzzing during day time.

The literal meaning of Dayang Bunting island is island of a pregnant woman. It is said that one of the dominating hills surrounding the island is in the shape of a pregnant lady lying on her back hence the island is named so. While others relate to some folk lore related to a princess, who met her love at the lake. Their son died early and they decided to let him rest in peace in the lake. However local belief is that a couple aspiring for a baby get their wish fulfilled if they visit  and take a dip in the lake.

 

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The area of the lake and hills surrounding it where boats drop passenger for a walk into geo forest park.

 

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As our boat dropped us at island

 

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Though the surrounding area was full of green dense forests this tree in particular attracted us. It was standing at the starting point of the wooden platform leading to a view point deep into the waters . In fact it were the birds on the tree that made it beautiful. Their chirping sounded like a welcome song.

 

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A walk that not only took me to that shaded structure at the end of path but like a bird made me feel soaring up in the blue sky, over those green hills and then with outstretched hands coming down to touch the crystal clear water playfully with all the songs of joy in my heart.

On the opposite side of this, the concrete path where we landed from boat took us to dense green jungles. The path goes up and down. Amidst the tall trees are various rock formations. At the end of this path is lake Guillemard lake. This lake is a fresh water lake. The most unique part of this lake is that it very close to sea still it is a fresh water lake. Surrounding area is a part of Dayang Bunting geo forest park.

 

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The Guillemard lake 

The lake too is called as pregnant woman lake. The lake is formation from an underwater lake whose surface collapsed and the area is filled with water to form lake.

 

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A view of lake from the structure on the bank. Down are shops selling various souvenir and other essential items. 

 

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Another view of lake. People enjoying boating, bathing , swimming. Nature is amazing. In between it’s destruction too lies creation.  The faults, the plates trembles, shudders, shake, rocks rumbles down and in between those rumblings, trembling and stumbling features change and something beautiful emerge.

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resting on way back from the lake

This area has many rocks big and small. Shady trees and shades built provide respite on a hot, sunny day. But one needs to be a bit cautious of monkeys. They tend to snatch things if you are not careful. But then sometimes they entertain too. Look at this one. Somebody threw a beer can to him and he started enjoying it.

 

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“Devang bunting marble geoforest park that host the endemic palm is made of two main limestone formations the Setul- 490-370 million years and Chupina 285-250 million years formations with Singa formation in between. The tectonic movement….. brought up the entire Setul formation in the eastern part of langkawi to overlap  the much younger chuping formation in the west is among important evidence of the major tectonic event in the south east asian region during the period between late permian and late triassic-250-220 million years in langkawi, these two minor blocks collided along a plane called the kisap thurst fault dividing the pulau dayang bunting into two halves. this event was followed by the emplacement of the dayang bunting granite intrusion -220to 210 million years that transformed the limestone into one of the world’s best marble . Due to these faulting and intrusion the limestone had undergone severe fracturing thus facilitating ground water to penetrate the weak zone and dissolved it along the way. it is the combination between the ground water dissolution and have erosion under the influence of sea level changes that are responsible in the development of the complex island and terrestrial thrust landscape including the tasik dayang bunting.”

Above paragraph I took down from a rusting board from the site, I don’t know much about Geology and related phenomena but as the text written on the board was getting eroded due to climatic conditions thought of preserving it.

All pictures copyrighted by Sunder Iyer.