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Cave Of The Banshee-Langkawi Island

Pulau Dayang Bunting (Island of the Pregnant Mermaid) of Langkawi is a beautiful island and a favorite tourist destination. It is especially preferred by the island hoppers who wish to be blessed by the mythical crocodile that is believed to live in a lake on this island. A big highlight of the Pulau Dayang Bunting is the Gua Langsir Cave. This cave is also known as the Cave Of The Banshee due to the banshee like wail that resounds across the hills when the wind blows.

The Gua Langsir cave is a limestone formation on a hillock of the island. Located at an altitude of 91 m from sea level, tourists need to beware the thousands of bats that inhabit the dark interiors of the cave. Cave explorers alight at the island’s jetty on the western shoreline of the island and trek their way up the hilly track. It is always advisable to visit the cave well equipped with mountaineering tools and other such paraphernalia.

Though Pulau Dayang Bunting is easily approachable by motorboats available on rent at the Kuah Jetty, the trek up to the Gua Langsir is an arduous task and calls for considerable skill. The natives of Langkawi, however, desist from entering the cave precincts as the “Langsir” (evil specter) haunting the cave is believed to lure human victims into the cave and drink up their blood. Tourists however are known to enjoy their time in exploration of this enigmatic cave.