Be captivated by Kuantan’s natural offerings through a walking tour around Panching Caves, a limestone cave that is also a place of religious worship for Hindu and Buddhists and enjoy the cooling surroundings of Pandan Waterfall!
Be prepared for a lot of walking up the steep stairs on this tour! Situated 25 kilometres west of Kuantan, Panching Cave (Gua Charas) is a 400 million-year-old limestone cavern with distinctive and stunning rock formations. It is a place of worship for Hindus and Buddhist located within the vicinity of the palm oil plantations of Panching and is a must-visit if you’re looking for an adventurous yet culturally and spiritually unique activity in the state of Pahang.
You’ll notice that Gua Charas is home to a massive statue of the sleeping Buddha and a few other statues. This happens to be the largest reclining Buddha in Kuantan! You may also observe people praying at certain spots of the cave. During certain parts of the day, the natural opening in the rooftop of the cave gives way to sunlight to shine through and illuminate the Buddha Statue.
Climbing up the cave, you will soon come to realise that there are smaller cavities in the cave, a typical feature of a limestone cave. Be sure to watch out for water droplets coming from the ceilings! These droplets will eventually become stalactites and stalagmites after thousands of years. Other than the statues inside the cave, everything else is natural-made.
Last but not least, make your way to the Pandan Waterfall which is also in Kuantan, a destination that is popular for picnicking and recreational activities amongst local dwellers looking to escape from the city hustle and bustle. Take this opportunity to photograph nature’s best offerings in the form of a 100-metre waterfall. Its cascading streams of water and surroundings is very picturesque! Don’t forget to relax and take a dip in the naturally-formed pool or stand underneath the flow of the water to refresh yourself too after a few hours of walking about.