A cluster of 99 islands on the west coast of Malaysia – Langkawi – is one of the most captivating sites on the planet. Lush green forests and paddy fields surrounded by turquoise blue sea and hills in the background look stunning. Langkawi holidays are all about serene, intriguing and fun moments. From adventurous diving in the sea to electrifying experience of cable cars, travellers have a plethora of activities to do while in this archipelago. On the other hand, swaying coconut trees lined in powder fine shining sand makes it a paradise for nature lovers also. Some of the places that can be explored during the trip to Langkawi are as follows.
Modern Town Kuah
Situated on the south-eastern edge of Pulau Langkawi, Kuah is the main town of the region. Kuah literally means gravy, as it is believed that this is the spot where two battling giants overturned a huge pot of curry. Gradual changes over decades have changed this rustic town into a modern one, featuring shopping and business complexes. In addition to access to all modern amenities, this town offers duty-free shopping also. Travellers can purchase a handful of items from a wide variety of goods, ranging from clothes to artefacts. Apart from being the shopping centre, Kuah serves as the take-off point for other islands of the archipelago. History lovers can visit Makam Mahsuri, located at a short distance of just 12 km from this town.
Mausoleum of Mahsuri
It is one of the most significant historical sites of the island that was built to honour a Mahsuri – a beautiful maiden – executed for adultery. As per tell a tales, the maiden bled white blood after execution, which was sign of her innocence. It is said that she cursed this place to be barren for coming seven generations before the execution. Be it fact or fiction, tens of generations have passed on this land, since then. This spot has been well preserved and has emerged as one of the most intriguing tourist attractions in the region. Another destination with a gripping story is Tasik Dayang Bunting.
Tasik Dayang Bunting
Tasik Dayang Bunting – the Lake of the Pregnant Maiden – is an oasis of beauty, serenity and peace, which is set in thick forested hills on the Pulau Dayang Bunting island. Large limestone formations collapsed centuries back, and resulted into this scenic spot, featuring meadows, mountains and calm waters. The giant granite bedrocks look like a lying pregnant woman, and the story related to this lake is quite moving.
It is believed that a princess – Mambang Sari – used to visit this island with her maids. One day Mat Teja saw her and fell in love, and thereafter made many unsuccessful attempts to express his feelings. Many stories feature them as male and female genies also. In between following her everywhere, he met an old man, who suggested him to get mermaid tears and wash his face with it in order to attain his goal. After he splashed tears on his face, the princess saw and fell in love with him. They got married and the princess got pregnant, but unfortunately, the son died after seven days of birth. She laid the child in the lake for rest along with blessing waters for childless women that will help them to conceive if they swim in the lake. This is the reason that it is called the Lake of the Pregnant Maiden.