Kaul is a traditional festival celebrated by the Melanau living along the coast of Sarawak. In the past, Kaul was looked upon as a religious ceremony to appease the spirits of the sea, land, forest and farm making it the most important festival in the Melanau calender. The festival is a ritual of purification and thanksgiving as well as one of the propitiation for good fortune. Its marks the beginning of the Melanau calender which begins at the end of the Northeast monsoon.
Kaul takes place in third week of the month of April every year. The festival site is on the right bank of the Mukah river estuary. During a week festival, the organiser has line up many activities which include ethnic stalls selling traditional foods, entertaiment programs, traditional games and the highlight will be Serahang (decorated flat round basket made from sago leaf which raise on a bamboo pole) procession lead by local Melanaus' community leader. The highlight of Kaul event will be on April 30, 2011 where YAB Chief Minister of Sarawak will do the official launching for Mukah Kaul Festival 2011. Some of the activities that not to be missed include DIY the Giant Swing (Tibow) and enjoying the Melanau's traditional food serve on the log (Keman Baw Bateng @ Makan Beradat). You may get additional information from the facebook page
The design of this fortress was based on the late English Renaissance fortresses and castles. Named after the 2nd Rajah, Charles Brooke's wife, the Ranee Margaret, it was built in the defensive edifice/castle style of the late English renaissance.
It is hard to believe that Bako is one of the smallest national parks in Sarawak. With its rainforest housing interesting plant life and abundant wildlife, an extensive network of trekking trails leading to jungle streams and waterfalls, secluded beaches with a panoramic rocky shoreline… if Mother Nature were to seat herself on the coastline of Borneo, Bako would probably be her womb.