The Cable care system is actually a combination of the cable car ride, various platforms or stations and the spectacular Sky Bridge, all built on the Machincang mountain range. Located at the Oriental Village which in itself is an attraction, as it’s a theme shopping centre housed in 30’s individually designed buildings showcasing Malaysian and Oriental architecture. The total length of the cable car ride is 2079 meters, takes about 15 minutes each way and was completed in 2002.
Base station - It is here that visitors purchase their entrance tickets and board the gondolas for the ride on the cable car. As you step into the gondola and its starts it climb, you are overcome with an incredible feeling almost like flying, as the gondolas start their smooth and graceful ascent towards the Middle station. Views of the green rainforest and steep mountain ridges zoom up to meet you. Looking down, your eyes are caught by the beauty of the Telaga Tujuh or seven wells water fall and on the horizon, the many enchanted islands of Langkawi, and float like jade pebbles in a blue ocean. Occasionally a white bellied sea eagle will fly across your path of vision reminding you that you’re in their airspace.
Middle station – Sitting at an elevation of 650m above sea level the distance from the base to the middle station is 1,700metere in length. Visitors get off here and walk up to the viewing platforms which give access to the eastern cliff of the Machincang range. Here you are able to enjoy the 360-degree views of the main island and surrounding islands and also observe at close range the unique rock formations of the Machincang range that was formed 500 million years ago during the Cambrian period, in geological terms. After enjoying the beautiful view, visitors then re-board the gondolas for the final 450 meters to the top station.
Top Station - A short walk up the stairs from the Top Station will take visitors to the two (2) viewing platforms at the top of Mt. Machincang. Built at a height of 708 meters, the view is simply breathtaking with towering rock peaks, deep chasms, overhangs and cliff walls, isolated pinnacles and even a few caves. At this height you enjoy a spectacular 360-degree panoramic view of the Langkawi
|view from inside a gondola.|
Another incredible attraction here is the SkyBridge which was completed in 2004; this suspended bridge is built on top of Mt. Machinchang and is accessible from the Top Station. Measuring 125m in length, the structure ranks among the world’s longest curved suspension bridge and constructing it was not an easy feat as many solutions had to be found for the construction challenges. The entire bridge, in all its elements had to be lifted to the top of the mountain by helicopter and was later assembled to its current position. The bridge is suspended from an 82m high single pylon and hangs at about 100m above ground. It swings out over the landscape to give visitors a very unique experience, and to bring them into otherwise unattainable locations, above virgin jungle with spectacular views.
For me, the thrill of the cable car ride and the beauty of the scenery is more than enough reason for another visit to Langkawi
Sky cab tickets : RM30.00 ( there is a concession for MY Card holders )
For more information :www. panoramalangkawi.com
Photos and text by DAVID DE LA HARPE