Sunday, 19 May 2013

Island Of Big Lion ! ( Pulau Singa Besar) 

Located at the southwestern tip of Langkawi, Pulau Singa Besar is strategically situated between the well-renowned Pulau Dayang Bunting and Pulau Beras Basah. According to some information from the local tourist centre, the island sprawls 636 hectares, 6.5km long from north to south and 2.5km from east to west.. 75% of the land with gradient of 20° or more. 3 primary watersheds. The Sg. Botol and Sg. Pantai flowing down to the east of the island and the Sg. Sepai to the northen coast.  It is almost fully covered by thick forest and huge stones. It consists mainly of steep hilly land covered by tropical forest .The natural setting as such has made it into a paradise of various wild lives where animals such as monkeys and eagles can be easily spotted around that area.

Pulau Singa Besar, The top soil (kekura series), is thin layered. Towards the southern part of the island the land is rocky and devoid of soil. Limestone outcrops are prominent on the north eastern part of the island. The island geology is unique and has a formation called the Singa Formation.

Home to exotic species of flora and fauna rarely found on the mainland, Singa Besar was declared a forest reserve and a bird and animal sanctuary in 1998.

The palm-like cycas fern or dipterocarp is often considered a living fossil and is famous for its fragrant resin. When meandering through the woods, you may spot an iguana, a peacock flaunting his magnificent feathers, or a mouse deer—all animal species that appeared in Asia during the Oligocene era 34 million years ago!

How Island Of Big Lion (Pulau Singa Besar ) got its name?

According to legend, Pulau Singa Besar, which means "Island of Giant Lions" or "Great Lion Island", got its name because the guardian fairy of the island, Mambang Sari, placed lions on the islands to protect it. Mambang Sari is of course the same fairy nymph of neighbouring Pulau Dayang Bunting fame. Pulau Singa Besar is paired in name with another smaller island to the north of it, Pulau Singa Kecil (Lesser Lion Island). Other islets in the vicinity include Pulau Jong to the east of Tanjung Pekula, and Pulau Chupak to the southeast of Tanjung Genting. 

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