Gua Tempurung (Tempurung Cave)

Gua Tempurung in Gopeng is the largest known cave system of numerous limestone hills surrounding Ipoh!

If you are reasonably fit and physically able, this is a great opportunity to combine nature with a workout!

For those that have never been caving before, Tempurung Cave (in English) is a perfect base to start!

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Where Is Gua Tempurung?

About 25km south of Ipoh, close to Gopeng.

Address: Pusat Pelancongan Gua Tempurung, 31600 Gopeng, Negeri Perak

Opening hours: 9.00am – 4.00pm

Phone: +605-318 8555 / +6014-220 4142

Email : [email protected]

Getting From Ipoh To Gua Tempurung

You can visit Gua Tempurung as part of an Ipoh itinerary for a private tour!

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  • Safe and reliable transport (MPV or van)
  • Local English-speaking or Chinese-speaking guides
  • Customize-able itinerary
  • Combine other places into your tour package like Cameron Highlands, Taiping or Kuala Sepetang!
  • Direct transfer from anywhere in Ipoh and back!

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Features Of Gua Tempurung

Natural light seeping into Gua Tempurung
Natural light seeping into Gua Tempurung – photo credits to twiqh (Instagram)
  • At 4.5km long, it is one of the longest caves on this side of Malaysia.
  • 400 million years old.
  • Tourists can access about 2km of the tunnel that goes underneath Gunung Tempurung and Gunung Gajah.
  • An underground river inside stretches for 1.6km of the cave.
  • 5 chambers in total – With some of the ceilings resembling coconut shells. Hence the name, tempurung which means coconut shell in Malay.
  • Each of the chambers look very different from one another.
  • Gua Tempurung has lots of large stalactites, stalagmites and other curious rock formations..
  • Bats are present in this cave. Their droppings form some pretty interesting patterns on the ceilings.

The 5 Caverns Of Gua Tempurung

1. Golden Flowstone Cavern

This is the cavern you get to explore on Tour 1.

Highlight: Smooth stone with a golden sheen from the river

2. Gergasi (Giant) Cavern

Gergasi (Giant) Cavern
Gergasi (Giant) Cavern – photo credits to applengipad (Instagram)

Highlight: The centrepiece is a 15m high column within the cavern.

3. Tin Mine Cavern

Highlight: See the remains of previous tin mining excavations

4. Alam (Universe) Cavern

Highlight: Impressive ceiling height of 72 meters

5. Battlefield Cavern

Highlight: Curious formations of fallen stalactites and other rock piles.

History Of Gua Tempurung

How Was The Cave Formed?

Millions of years ago, the whole of Kinta Valley was under the sea.

The shells of a vast amount (talking billions) of tiny marine life were formed into limestone by the pressure of the sea water.

Beautiful rock formations at Gua Tempurung
Beautiful rock formations at Gua Tempurung – photo credits to crms_n (Instagram)

Underwater earthquakes pushed the ocean floor up, forming hills and Kinta Valley.

Millions of years of constant rain and water movement shaped the limestone further.

Gua Tempurung Caving
Gua Tempurung – photo credits to saifulbahriabdrahman (Instagram)

Stalactites and stalagmites are built up over time by dripping water that contains calcium carbonate particles.

Did you know that a stalactite takes 200 years just to grow an inch?!

Tin Mining

Because the limestone caves contained more than just limestone:

Tin mining activities were carried out here too back around the 1920s.

A Communist Shelter?

Somewhere before Malaysia’s independence, communists used the cave as a hideout.

Today, you can see marks of their stay on the walls in the form of graffiti.

Tourism At Gua Tempurung

The groundwork to make Gua Tempurung fit for tourists began in 1995.

Steel and concrete walkways and staircases were installed along with all the spot lights.

Staircase at Gua Tempurung
Staircase at Gua Tempurung – photo credits to aifolo_adventures (Instagram)

Gua Tempurung Price

Tour Entrance Fee (MYR)
No. Code Type Duration Foreigner Malaysian
Adult Child/Senior Adult Child/Senior
1 GF Dry Tour 40 minutes RM 20 RM 10 RM 8 RM 4
2 TOW Dry Tour 100 minutes RM 30 RM 15 RM 12 RM 6
3 TWR Wet Tour 150 minutes RM 40 RM 20 RM 15 RM 7.5
4 GT Wet Tour 210 minutes RM 50 RM 25 RM 30 RM 15

Child: 6 – 12 years old
Senior Citizen: 60 years old and above
Wet tours are ranger-guided.

Gua Tempurung Tours

There are 4 tours of varying length and difficulty by APT Consortium that you can choose from:

Note: You can also rent torch lights and safety helmets here.

Tour 1 – Golden Flowstone (GF)

Of the 4 tours, this is the shortest and the most family-friendly one.

You can avoid getting wet if you take this tour! As it makes use of the man-made stairways up to the Golden Flowstone cavern ( Platform 3).

Walkway at Gua Tempurung
Walkway at Gua Tempurung – photo credits to sooo.000823_m (Instagram)

There’s no guide on this tour.

And there are multiple viewing platforms from which to admire the rock formations around.

Opening hours: 9am to 4pm (last tour at 4pm)

Duration: Allow up to 40 minutes

Fee (foreigner): RM20 (Adult), RM10 (Child/ senior)

Fee (Malaysian): RM8 (Adult), RM4 (Child/ Senior)

Difficulty level: Easy

Guided: No

Tour 2 – Top Of The World (TOW)

As with the first tour, you can stay dry on this one and there is no guide.

But you need a minimum of 5 people before they allow this tour to proceed.

Gua Tempurung Recreational Park in Gopeng
Gua Tempurung Recreational Park in Gopeng – photo credits to am_azizulhashim (Instagram)

Besides this, be prepared for a lot of stairs (~650 steps) because this tour takes you to all 5 caverns (i.e. up to Platform 5)!

Platform 5 is the highest spot in the cave and you will encounter a wind tunnel too!

Opening hours: 9am to 3pm (last tour at 3pm)

Duration: Allow up to 2 hours

Fee (foreigner): RM30 (Adult), RM15 (Child/ senior)

Fee (Malaysian): RM12 (Adult), RM6 (Child/ Senior)

Difficulty level: Medium

Guided: No

Next are the wet tours:

Mind that these are not always available as it depends on weather and river situation!

Tour 3 – Top Of The World & Short River Adventure (TWR)

You can’t proceed on this tour until they’ve filled the quota of 8 people per session.

The first part of the tour is like Tour 2:

But instead of going back the way you came, you get to wade in the underground river!

Crawling on all fours and sliding on your bum is necessary at a couple of spots!

Crawling through gaps in Gua Tempurung
Crawling through gaps in Gua Tempurung – photo credits to amrisamin (Instagram)

Super fun and challenging with a short detour to the river outside before going back in again!

And there is a guide with you the whole way!

It is 2.4km journey in total.

Opening hours: 9am to 12pm (last tour at 12pm)

Duration: Allow up to 2.5 hours

Fee (foreigner): RM40 (Adult), RM20 (Child/ senior)

Fee (Malaysian): RM15 (Adult), RM7.50 (Child/ Senior)

Difficulty level: Medium

Guided: Yes

Tour 4 – Grand Tour (GT)

Again, there needs to be a minimum of 8 people before they start the tour. And you should not take young children along on this one!

Adequately called the Grand Tour because it is the longest (3.8km total) and most challenging tour of the 4!

On this tour, you will go through all 5 caverns as well as the east side of the cave!

There will be water involved (up to the chest level) when you go back via the underground river.

You will need to crawl, climb and squeeze yourself through small openings and tunnels too!

Opening hours: 9am to 11am (last tour at 11am)

Duration: Allow up to 3.5 hours

Fee (foreigner): RM50 (Adult), RM25 (Child/ senior)

Fee (Malaysian): RM30 (Adult), RM15 (Child/ Senior)

Difficulty level: Challenging

Guided: Yes

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Tips To Go Caving At Gua Tempurung

For the first 2 tours, you won’t need much since they avoid the river:

  1. T-shirt and long pants (no jeans!)
  2. Comfy shoes suitable for hiking (e.g. hiking boots or sandals with straps)
  3. Drinking water
  4. Camera (or just your phone) that can take photos in low light situations
  5. Torchlight is optional

If you plan to take on the any of the last two tours (Tour 3 and 4), you will get wet so in addition to the above items, you will need:

  1. Long sleeve shirt (instead of T-shirt)
  2. Change of clothes
  3. Towel
  4. Gloves and kneepads are advisable but not necessary
  5. Small waterproof bag
  6. Torchlight or headlamp
  7. Band-aids
  8. Small snacks (plus somewhere to keep your trash later!)

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Facilities At Gua Tempurung

  • There are food and drink stalls outside Gua Tempurung
  • Toilets (that serve as the changing room)
  • Convenience store
  • Muslim prayer room (surau)

Other Nearby Attractions

Many opt to go white water rafting on Kampar River after caving it up in Gua Tempurung!

There are packages you can book with local adventure tour companies.

Besides this, Kellie’s Castle is not far away from this cave:

At roughly 25 minutes’s drive, this historical building is a must-visit Perak attraction too!

Conclusion

If you want an unforgettable experience in Ipoh, this is it!

There are 4 tours to cater to different group sizes, fitness levels and available time! 2 of these tours will require you to get soaked as you wade through the underground river!

Explore Gua Tempurung with its 5 chambers and appreciate this amazing limestone cave up close and personal!

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