Myths, legends and folk tales may not be based on proven facts but they make a good read. While we may be familiar with stories about Robin Hood, Cinderella, Snow White and so on, local myths and legends don’t seem to be as commonly known. How many of us are aware, for instance, of the legend of the Seven Wells or “Telaga Tujuh” in Langkawi.
The wells are a popular tourist spot in Langkawi. One has to climb about 200 metres of steep stairs to reach the waterfalls area. Depending on the pace you adopt, it could take between 45 minutes and an hour. As soon as you reach the top, a 90m waterfall greets you. The cascading water forms seven natural wells, hence its name.
According to folklore, the seven wells used to be a favourite bathing place of mountain fairies and the water is believed to have healing properties. Once a mountain prince tried to capture the fairies but luckily they managed to escape.
A type of climbing plant with enourmous pods commonly found near the waterfall area is believed to be something the fairies left behind. Known as Sintuk, it is a special kind of lime plant. Locals frequently use it to “wash” away bad luck. Sintuk is also commonly used in traditional Malay ceremonies.
Coming back to known facts, as you walk uphill, don’t forget to look out for the long-tailed macaque monkeys which are a common sighting. The monkeys are playful but can be vicious if provoked.
If you’re lucky, you may spot a light-brown-coloured giant squirrel scampering around trees, or even a hornbill – look hard as they are usually found among trees and branches. And who knows if you look hard enough, you might spot a mountain fairy!