What’s greener than green and more mysterious and thrilling than the bestsellers of the world?
The answer to that lies undiscovered in The Gunung Mulu National Park for it boasts of a series of complex cave systems that lie buried under forested mountains. These passages cover a whooping 300-kilometre stretch approximately. These caves are situated in Sarawak and are without doubt, the most impressive hosts of wildlife! Apart from all this, it was listed as a UNESCO Site in November 2000 for its sheer magnificence. The 2376-metre Gunung Mulu and the 1750-metre limestone Gunung Api cradle between themselves humongous rocky mountains and deep gorges with gushing rivers. For those interested in adventure, the Gunung Mulu National Park is a mystery to solve and a treat to indulge in. For those preferring the beauty of nature and find solace in nature, the national park offers a display of its exotic beauty.
What’s more, the tropical rainforest that surrounds it has a plethora of natural treasures to boast about: 20,000 animals and 3,500 plant species have made this tropical rainforest their home.
Gunung Mulu National Park is dominated by three mountains, namely - Gunung Mulu, Gunung Api and Gunung Benarat.
Fast facts about Gunung Mulu National Park:
1.The world’s largest cave chamber: The Sarawak Cave Chamber lies here. Its size is equivalent to the size of nearly 16 football fields!
2.The Gunung National park is Sarawak’s largest national park.
3.The world’s largest cave passage, the deer Cave, as also the longest cave in South East Asia - Clearwater Cave is found here!
4.It houses a 480-metre long walk way that is called the Mulu Canopy Skywalk and has the best views of the national park.
Getting there: An express boat from Kuala Baram will take you up to Baram River. Embark at Marudi. From there a smaller boat will take you via Long Terawan to the Gunung National Park.
Author : Roshal Mascarenhas