Located 30 kilometres east of Jerantut, Pahang, Kota Gelanggi Caveoffers a spellbinding and exciting
adventure experience. Reputed to be one of the best tropical limestone caverns in the region, visitors from all around come here to witness the caverns’ natural wonders and experience the awe of the
stalagmites and stalactites as well as the spectacular rock formations. At the entrance of the area is Kota Gelanggi Museum. The area is opened all year round from 9am to 5pm.
One of the highlights for visitors to this area is exploring the Kota Gelanggi Cave. Explore the 150 million year old historical and mythical cave complex and its unique fauna, flora and rock formations. The magnificent cave chambers are among the best in this region. Visitors will be able to experience what tropical limestone caverns are all about, with their myriads stalagmites and stalactites and strangely shaped formations.
The word Kota means city and the peculiar feature of this intricate network of caves reveals the impression of an old city. Legend has it that these caves were actually the ruins of an ancient city
belonging to forest elves (Bunian), which were turned into stones together with their belongings. An old man of the house can be seen here sitting on his chair by his oven or furnace with loaves of bread and
his cupboard filled with flour and sugar, all turned to stone.
Some believe Kota Gelanggi was a hiding place for Puteri or Princess Bera and Putera or Prince Jelai. When parents from both sides, particularly Putera Jelai’s father – Maharaja Perba Jelai – opposed
of their wedding plan, the couple decided to elope, which resulted in a civil war in Inderapura (City
of Demigods), an ancient kingdom of Pahang. Others believe the word Gelanggi is a variant of the Indian
empire Kalingga that ruled Kedah in the early days.