Location : Kabupaten Kotabaru, Kalimantan Selatan, Indonesia.
“Karst topography is a landscape formed from the dissolution of soluble rocks such as limestone, dolomite, and gypsum. (Wikipedia)”
The karst of Cantungmay not be as famous as that of Halong Bay or Guilin but since we were encouraged by Eko our guide from Pulau Laut to take a look, we thought we might as well. Checked out of Hotel Dewi VIP Room early and drove north along Jenderal Sudirman Road under a very gloomy sky.
Hotel Dewi, very traveller friendly fascilties. The best so far in Kalimantan
Breakfast waiting right outside the room
Rain came soon as we hit the karst area one hour from where we started. This awesome limestone/chalk topography stretched over quite a distance of this road leading into Paser/Tanah Grogot situated in the territory of East Kalimantan.
A face like likestone wall and cave
Limestone for sale
Limestone used as building material
We would have loved to drive to nearby Tanah Grogot if not for Loksado. Beautiful as the karst scenery may be presently, it would be a matter of time when the fast growing oil palms cut off the view from the road. The oil palms were mostly not more than 3 years old so they were still pretty short to allow us to have a good view. But 2 years from now??? Next, to the highlands of the Meratus Dayaks – Loksado
Some Meratus Dayaks living around here
Many caves. There must be a lot of edible birdnest