Terengganu Rainforest

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Splendours of Nature

Terengganu’s vast hinterland of virgin rainforests offers yet another point of interest to the nature lover. Its verdant rainforest is home to a diversity of flora and fauna. Local tour agents and resort operators will be of assistance in arranging activities such as jungle trekking, camping, sport-fishing, mountain biking, boat rafting, canoeing, cave exploration and night safaris.

 

An interesting feature of Terengganu’s forest reserves are the multi-tiered waterfalls. Nestled in a 130-million-year-oId jungle, the Cemerong Waterfall is a spectacular sight with four cascading rapids, the highest of which falls 600m. Just 15km away is the 1,300-year-old Chengal Tree, the biggest tree in Peninsular Malaysia.

 

o     Lata Tembakah Waterfall

The Lata Tembakah Waterfall in the district of Besut, is situated amidst a thickly wooded tropical rainforest. The forest canopy and the cool air produced by the waterfall make it a pleasant relaxation spot. A visit to the waterfall requires a 2km trek that is rewarded with a stunning view of its cascades and the surrounding greenery.

 

o     LA Hot Springs

LA Hot Springs a popular picnic and camping spot for the locals. On busy weekends a covered pool area with water piped in from the natural hot spring allows visitors to enjoy the therapeutic properties of its rich sulphur content.

 

o      Lata Belatan Waterfall

The Lata Belatan Waterfall is another popular spot for family picnics. The many boulders serve as a walkway on the meandering stream and it’s easy to take a dip in the shallow ox-bow lakes. The camping grounds are equipped with full facilities including changing rooms, food stalls and a picnic area.

 

o     Sekayu Recreational Forest

Sekayu Recreational Forest, in Kuala Berang 56 km from Kuala Terengganu, is right at the fringe of a mountain range and home to the seven-tier Sekayu Waterfall. The soothing sound of the cascading water can be heard from a distance and the waterfall itself is a sight to behold. The natural pools provide refreshing spots for swimming amidst nature’s lush greenery. The Sekayu Recreational Forest is well-equipped with picnic spots, resting huts and fully furnished chalets as well as a fruit orchard, mini zoo, bird park and a flower garden.

 

o     Kenyir Lake

Located in the heart of Terengganu, the picturesque Kenyir Lake was created as a hydroelectricity project and is currently the largest man-made lake in Southeast Asia.

Surrounded by a large tropical jungle that is home to exotic flora and fauna, the area is a haven for nature lovers.

 

Angling is popular here because of the wide variety of freshwater fish available. Lake activities include boating and canoeing, while the more adventurous prefer jungle trekking, followed by a refreshing dip in one of the many waterfalls. Golfing buffs will enjoy teeing off at the course overlooking the scenic lake. The rugged terrain, lush rainforests and mountainous landscape surrounding Kenyir Lake is ideal tot off-road 4WD driving.

 

Accommodation facilities here include lakeside resorts, floating chalets and houseboats, amidst the peaceful calm of the lake.

 

o     Taman Negara

Gawi Jetty serves as the main gateway to Kenyir Lake and Tanjung Mentong, the state’s nearest entry point to Malaysia’s premier national park, Taman Negara. One of the world’s most complex and rich ecosystems, a trip here is a must for nature lovers.

 

o     The Bewah and Taat Caves at the southern end of Kenyir Lake can be reached by speedboat from the Gawi Jetty. Gua Bewah is the biggest of the known caves with an entrance that is 40m above lake level. The flight of steps from the floating jetty leads to a large cave chamber within which lie archaeological pits and thriving cave fauna.

 

o     Gua Taat

Gua Taat is on the opposite hill. Though smaller in size, it contains interesting stalagmites formations. Archaeological finds here include tools and pottery from the Hoabinhian period (14,000-10,000 years ago).

 

o     Gunung Gagau

Adventure seekers can enjoy a thrilling mountaineering experience at the 1,376 m Gunung Gagau. The base camp provides full facilities but prior arrangements are required for a guide. Other challenging activities here include rock climbing and mountain biking.

 

o     Marang River

Rivers and their tributaries are the lifeblood of Terengganu with early dwellings initially established on riverbanks. The quaint village along Marang River displays the traditional lifestyles of the locals amidst a flourishing fishing industry. River cruises pass through mangrove swamps where animals like monitor lizards and otters can be seen. There are also several cottage industries along the streams producing local items like palm sugar and hand-woven baskets.

 

o     Yak Yah River

The banks of the Yak Yah River are one of the few places in the country with a thriving firefly sanctuary. Accessible through a mangrove swamp lined with local gum trees, the fireflies form an amazing sight after dusk. It is truly one of nature’s wonders.

 

o     Terengganu River

The Terengganu River is an important waterway and is a crucial part of local life. The river esplanade or Waterfront at Kuala Terengganu is a staging point for boat services to the neighbouring islands. At one point the river runs parallel to the town’s main Chinese village, Kampung Cina.

 

A cruise along the estuary of the Terengganu River, takes passengers on a short journey to the Seberang Takir Village, known for its cottage industries producing salted fish and the famous Keropok Lekor, or fish crackers. It also offers a breathtaking view of the South China Sea.

 

A little further at Pulau Duyung, traditional boat builders can be seen busy at work. Some undertake repairs while others create beautifully handcrafted vessels.

 

o     Sungai Dungun

One of the larger rivers in Terengganu, Sungai Dungun pulsates with activities. A cruise downstream offers a picturesque view of the area where rivers converge. Kampung Pasir Raja is a remote traditional village here with magnificent flora and fauna, a waterfall, meandering streams and rapids for an adventure-tilled holiday

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