Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands on Malaysiya’s west coast. Oohh! 99 islands, yes and that makes it an amazing place to enjoy sun, sand and waters. The beaches with silky sand and swaying coconut trees with ample number of comfortable hotels dotting the shore line tempt tourists to visit Langkawi.

Langkawi also has hills decked with virgin forests. The jungles are exotic, dense and extend to limits and locations which is very difficult to reach in normal way but then the authorities there have created the miraculous wonder like Sky Bridge to make it possible for the people to breath in that fresh air, to feel the closeness of those remote hills and jungles.

Sky bridge, as the dreamy name suggests is  a bridge which hangs about 100 meter high from the ground. The bridge is suspended over the hills and jungles from 82 meter high single pylon. This 125 m long  sometimes slightly swaying steel bridge is the longest free span curved bridge in the world. The bridge takes us deep into the hearts of otherwise unreachable hills and forests. Walking on the bridge provides with such a multidimensional experience that one feels free from all the confines, enjoying a feeling of floating in the free space.

For reaching the sky bridge, we need to purchase tickets for sky cab at the base. various combo tickets are available at different prices as many activities are available at the base like three dimensional movie and four dimensional dinosaurs island visit.

The sky cab takes us to middle station. While reaching that point the cab on rope way  slowly walks over dense forests giving a panoramic view from height. This ride is considered to be the steepest sky cab ride in the world. Steeped in green when you land on the platform of middle station , you get an opportunity to soak in the exhilarating natural elements from a stationary position. Watching the other cabs running on the rope way one can fathom what height and length one has covered. Looking at those tiny dot like figures in the distance slowly moving, I am sure you are bound to gasp and suck in your breath imagining that few minutes ago you yourself were there.

There are two ways for reaching the top station from the middle station. One can line up again for sky cab to go to the top or walk through the sky trail to reach there. We preferred cab and reached the top station.

Top station has a number of viewing platforms which provide panoramic views of Machinchang mountain, cenang beach etc. From here there are two ways to reach Sky Bridge either walk or descend via skyglide. skyglide is a kind of lift cum tram. While returning from Sky Bridge we used the services of sky glide but while going there we walked through the jungles. It was a well paved path through jungles. Various birds chirping and calling in woods and sight of occasional ones makes up for the serpentine path climbing efforts.

and then we were there, on the most spectacular pedestrian bridge I had seen so far. The curved structure offers different views of surrounding as one walks on it. The hills, the green jungles, the clouds floating in the valley and the sky above head and midst all this we ourselves though walking but not on ground enjoy a kind of floating experience.

The bridge definitely an engineering marvel. I don’t understand technology and engineering hence would not talk about that but am thankful to the people who thought of it, designed it and then placed it here.

 

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On the way, the varying moods and shades of nature

 

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The green jungles below

 

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Thousands of these locks on Sky Bridge proclaim, technological developments, engineering innovations might travel on newer paths but love reigns supreme.  Lock fastened, the key is thrown deep down in jungles with a faith and wish that like this padlocked entity their love too would go strong for ever. The bond would remain fastened.

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On the way to Sky bridge, while going we walked through jungles instead of going by Sky Glide

 

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On Sky Bridge platform at two or three places these glass squares are fixed. Watching through these, feeling the undulating green jungles swaying and floating below is an amazing experience.

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All pics copyrighted by Sunder Iyer.