State Tourism, Indian and Siamese Community Affairs Committee chairman Datuk Mohd Rawi Abdul Hamid (left) crossing the link bridge to the Gunung Kerian cave. Mohd Rawi said the state government had allocated more than RM1 million to build a nine-floor lift to enter the cave. Pix by Danial Noordin

ALOR STAR: Gunung Keriang, which is popular for its limestone will be opened to the public to spice up the state tourism sector for the Visit Kedah 2016.

State Tourism, Indian and Siamese Community Affairs Committee chairman Datuk Mohd Rawi Abdul Hamid said to enhance the visitors' comfort, the state government had allocated more than RM1 million to build a nine-floor lift to enter the cave.

He said unlike other caves in the country, Gunung Keriang was blessed with a unique feature as it was part of the Chuping Limestone Formation, which stretches from the Thai-Perlis border to Langkawi.

“This is a treasure trove of the state and there are so many interesting things that visitors could enjoy a thrilling 600-metre tour inside the cave which may take up to two hours to be completed.

“I believe Gunung Keriang cave will be the latest tourist attraction in the country and we encourage investors to tap into its vast potential by developing the area," he said after flagging-off the State’s Treasure Exploration Programme here today.

Present was State Economic Development Unit director Datuk Bakar Din.

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