Kutai Kartanegara –
Kalimantan forests have never lost their charisma. Behind the Kutai Kartanegara forest, hidden 2 caves that are still very natural and have not been touched by humans.
The natural wealth in Kalimantan’s tropical forests has never been lost. The abundant potential of wood will never run out, if humans continue to protect their environment. Likewise with the potential stretch of limestone which is abundant in Kalimantan forests.
One of them is the charm of limestone which forms a natural cave which of course has a beauty and is a favorite of residents who want to enjoy the beauty of the underground world which holds a million extraordinary charms.
The mountain forest of Sedulang Village, Sebulu District in Kutai Kartanegara Regency has a natural charm that is still natural. In the forest there are several caves that are connected to each other along the Karst mountain range in the Sebulu District, Kutai Kartanegara Regency, East Kalimantan.
There are several caves that are currently visited by tourists, apart from their easy-to-reach location, these caves also have their own charm compared to other caves in the forest of Sedulang village, Kutai Kartanegara Regency.
Hidden Cave in Kutai Kartanegara Photo: Suriyatman / Bali Tourism
There are two exotic caves hidden in it, namely Bat Cave and Water Cave. Both of these caves are located at an altitude of about 100 masl. The two natural caves hold various tourism potentials worthy of being visited by tourists.
The location of Bat Cave is approximately 30 km from the center of the Kutai Kartanegara Regency Government, namely in Tenggarong District. Some of these caves are located at the top of the village of Sedulang Hill, some are at the foot of the hill and in the valley area.
Harpiah, a resident of Samarinda City who came with his family to this cave on Wednesday (13/1/2020) morning said that the community had long known about the existence of the cave, but not all of them had been traced. Some of the caves have never been given a name either, because it is still a mystery to local residents.
“Eh, the location of this cave is rather difficult to reach, but in fact, if you look at the potential of the cave itself, it is amazing because there are still a lot of these, what is this term? This is stalagmite. It is still alive because it is still dripping water, besides that there were still many insects inside. In fact, these are local animals that we might not be able to find outside, “said Harpiah.
Furthermore, this student of IAIN Samarinda said that the first cave he visited was the Bat Cave. This cave is behind the trees and the road conditions are quite steep.
Although the mouth of the cave is only about eight meters wide, the inside of the cave is very wide and there are so many bats hanging from the ceiling, with stunning views of white limestone stalactites and stalagmites.
“In front of the mouth of the cave there is a stone with a height of 1.5 meters. The stone seems to be the guardian of the entrance for residents or visitors who want to still enter the cave. Local residents usually place several offerings in front of this stone because there are so many stories mystical in this Bat Cave. Unfortunately, there are still many people who do not know about this 1 kilometer long cave, “added Harpiah.
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