Langkawi Cable Car
The Langkawi Cable Car or Panorama Langkawi Cable Car is one of the major attractions in Langkawi Island, Kedah, Malaysia. It provides an aerial link from near Burau Bay Resort at Teluk Burau to the peak of Gunung Machinchang, which is also the location of the Langkawi Sky Bridge. The total length is 2.2 km (1.4 mi). It was officially opened in 2003.
Langkawi Cable Car is located just north of Telaga Harbour, Pantai Kok, with the entrance within 'ORIENTAL VILLAGE' - a theme shopping centre housing in 30 individually designed buildings showcasing Malaysian and Oriental architecture. It is located just north of the Langkawi International Airport, on the north-western coast of the main island of Langkawi. It is just an approximate 40 minutes drive from Kuah town and 15 minutes drive from Langkawi International Airport.
The Base Station is located at the Oriental Village (at the foot hill of the Machincang mountain range). From the base, visitors will be taken up to the Machincang range via the Langkawi Cable Car on gondolas giving the visitors views of the surroundings forests, the Telaga Tujuh (Seven Wells) waterfall as well as the sea. The cable cars are closed weekly for maintenance.
An intermediate Cable Car station on the eastern ridges provides access to the eastern cliffs with its 3 vertical chimneys and the 360-degree views.
The journey from the Base Station to Middle Station will cover 1,700 meters in length and upon reaching the Middle Station at an elevation of 650m above sea level, visitors will be able to alight and walk up to the viewing platforms.
A cafe at the top station offers refreshments and views with cool breezes, at 708m above sea-level is about 5 degrees Celsius (+/-) cooler than lowlands.
Some Facts for Langkawi Cable Car System
- Horizontal distance: 2079 m
- Vertical rise: 680 m
- Inclined distance: 2158 m
- Haul rope diameter: 50 mm
- Bull wheel diameter: 6.10 m
- Passenger per gondola: 6 persons
- Design speed: 5 m/s
- Operating speed: 3 m/s
- Turn around trip time: 28 minute
- Hourly capacity: 700 passengers/hour
- Number of stations: 3
- Number of in-line towers: 2
- Height of Tower 1: 38 m
- Height of Tower 2: 70 m
- Longest free span: 950 m (between Tower 2 & Middle station)
- Steepest gradient: 42 degrees
- Construction period: 16 months (April 2001 - August 2002)
- Testing & Commissioning period: 3 months (August 2002 - October 2002)
- Burau Bay Resort station
- Gunung Machinchang station (708 m above sea level)