PLACES OF INTEREST : Tropical Enclaves

Numerous parks and green areas provide the city with a garden-like ambience. These green lungs are beautifully landscaped and abound with lush tropical foliage and soothing water features. The National Zoo and several other parks afford you a closer look at a wide variety of animals. Most of these tropical enclaves are located just minutes away from the city centre.


Explore this uniquely landscaped garden to view a collection of prize-winning sculptures in wood, marble, iron and bamboo. Exhibits are skillfully crafted by the ASEAN region?s finest artists. The garden is situated adjacent to the National Monument and in the vicinity of the KL Lake Gardens.


Opening hours: 9.00am - 6.30pm.

Getting there: Take the KTM Komuter ,train to the Bank Negara Station. proceed towards Bank Negara and on to Jalan Parlimen. The garden is a short walk away.



Jalan Temerloh


This pleasant oasis in the city consists of a man-made lake, a paddock, jogging trails, exercise stations and a children?s playground. Go boating in the lake or take a walk to enjoy the fresh, crisp air and lush green surroundings. By night, the lake provides a stunning reflection of the Petronas Twin Towers. Savour local delights at the Nelayan Restaurant situated within the grounds.


Getting There:

Take the STAR LRT to the Titwangsa Station. From here, taxo are the most convenient mode of transport to the ake gardens.


Situated just 13 km northeast of KL, the zoo houses some 200 species of animals, birds and reptiles. Spend the day observing tigers, lions, Sumatran rhinos and other wildlife or watch entertaining performances by orang utans, elephants and sea lions at scheduled hours. Children and adults alike will enjoy the horse, camel and elephant rides. Tram rides are an interesting way to explore the zoo. See nocturnal animals such as tigers, tapirs, porcupines and Nile Hippos at their most active hours in the Zoo By Night on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.


Entrance: RM10 (Adults), RM5 (Children between 3- 12 years and Senior Citizens above 60 years).


Opening hours: 9.00am 5.00pm (Mondays - Fridays) & 9.00am 11.00pm (Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays).


Tel: 03-4108 3422


Getting there: Take the Putra LRT to the Taman Melati or Wangsa Maju Station. From here, taxis are the most convenient mode of transport to the zoo.




This sanctuary has the distinction of being the oldest as well as the only permanent forest reserve in the heart of the city. Beginning at the slopes of KL Tower, the lowland dipterocarp forest stretches over 10.5 hectares and is home to a diversity of inhabitants. A 100- year-old Jelutong tree (Dyera Consulata) adds to the appeal here. Marvel at the lush foliage in a 70-metre boardwalk or join a guided tour to take a closer look at the trees, bamboos, herbs and climbers. Visitors can choose from three different trails. Look out for exotic birds, butterflies, squirrels and monkeys.


Gazetted as a forest reserve in 1906, Bukit Nenas is the oldest such reserve in Malaysia. Bukit Nonos was also gazetted as a wildlife reserve and bird sanctuary. In 1950, a central, pristine section of about five hectares was gazetted as a virgin jungle reserve.


A good starting point to explore the forest reserve is the educational Forest Information Centre in Jalan Raja Chulan. From there, a vigorous climb up a well-maintained, paved pathway leads into the central area of the reserve where there is on access gate into the grounds of Kuala Lumpur Tower.


Nature lovers come to observe the sanctuary?s wild inhabitants along trie more than 660 metres of unpaved forest trails.


The reserve is under the purview of the Department of Forestry. KLTower organises several activities here under the ?Forest In The City? package, including guided forest walks and night walks. Call 03-2020 5444

(KL Towerl for enquiries) Prior arrangements must be made

for group bookings, camping and other activities.



Enjoy verdant greenery in this refreshing enclave in the middle of a bustling city. KL Lake Gardens is the city?s premier park, sprawling over 200 acres.


Built around two lakes, this tropical garden has vistas of exotic blooms, luxuriant foliage, imposing sculptures, majestic rain trees and creative theme parks. Its jogging and walking trails provide refreshing recreation amidst pleasant surroundings. KL Lake Gardens and its environs is home to the Orchid & Hibiscus Garden, Deer Park, KL Butterfly Park and KL Bird Park.


Admire 800 varieties of rare and exotic orchids here. Visitors can buy their favourite varieties at the Orchid Bazaar held weekly on Sundays. The adjacent Hibiscus Garden showcases an assortment of the colourful blooms, known locally as the Bunga Raya, Malaysia?s national flower.


Entrance: Free on weekdays. RM1 on weekends and public holidays.

Opening hours: 9.00am - 6.00pm daily.

Tel: 03-2693 0191


Sprawled over two hectares of undulating terrain, this area with shady trees, trickling streams and ponds is home to spotted deer from Holland. Enjoy feeding these gentle creatures and keep a look out for the endearing Sang Kancil, the wily mouse deer of ancient folklore.


Entrance: Free on weekdays. RM1 on weekends and public holidays.

Opening hours: 9.00am - 6.00pm daily.

Tel: 03-2693 2875


Marvel at more than 6,000 butterflies consisting of over 120 species. The park recreates the natural habitat of the butterfly, with a vast variety of exotic plants and multi-hued blooms. Stroll along to take a closer look at the various colours and sizes of these delicate creatures. Special attractions include the huge Raja Brooke, lswara, Malay Lacewing, Five Bar Swordtail, Yellow Tip, Indian Leaf and Lime Butterfly species. Housed within the park are a butterfly nursery and breeding area, insect museum and souvenir shop.


Entrance: Malaysians: RM5 (adults), RM3 (children); Non-Malaysians: RM15 (adults), RM8 (children).

Opening hours: 9.00am - 6.00pm daily. Last admission is at 5.45pm.

Tel: 03-2693 4799


Explore the world?s largest walk-in free flight aviary. The KL Bird Park is port of the Lake Gardens in the Malaysian capital. It encompasses a butterfly pork, a deer park and an orchid garden. The Bird Pork, enclosed by a vast overhead net roof, is best visited in the early morning, when birds are most active in the walk-in aviary. The park, established in 1991, claims to be the world's largest covered bird park and the world's largest free flight aviary.


It houses over 5,000 birds from about 160 species from allover Southeast Asia. Its main attractions are rhinoceros hornbills, the 'talking' hill mynah or tiong, African macaws and flamingoes. Visit the pelican pond, hornbill park, world of parrots, waterfall aviary, amphitheatre and children's playground. It also has a seminar room for talks and presentations. For a unique souvenir of your visit, take a picture with exotic birds perched on your arm.


Entrance: Malaysians: RM12.00 /Adults, RM6.00 /Children; Non-Malaysians: RM28.00 /Adults & RM20.00 /Children.


Opening hours: 9.00am - 7.00pm daily. Counter doses at 6.00pm.


Tel: 03-2272 1010

Website: www.kualalumpur.gov.my


There are two points of entry to the KL Lake Gardens, from the National Mosque in Jalan Perdana and from the National Monument in Jalan Parlimen. Taxi are the most convenient mode of transport to this park.

PLACES OF INTEREST : Tropical Enclaves