Monday, October 26, 2015

THE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIR

THE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIR

The placid lake of Kenyir will be our quarters for two days.  The haze may have covered the mountains and limestone rock formations as a necessary façade of traversing the waters through a speed boat but once each destination is reached, I felt lost in reverie that I have to remind myself I’m in Terengganu, Malaysia.

THE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIR

It was only then I have known that Lake Kenyir is the biggest man-made lake of Southeast Asia.  Once upon a time, the small islands (340) surrounding the lake were hilltops and highlands created through damming for the creation of Sultan Mahmud Power Station.  During my recent visit to Terengganu, Malaysia, I was given the opportunity to discover and marvel at some of the eco-tourism sites that surround the Kenyir Lake.

THE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIR

Butterfly Island

Our first stop is the Butterfly Island.  Without even setting your expectations, you know what’s in store at the island.  The attraction is relatively new according to the caretaker.

THE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIR
THE BUTTERFLY ISLAND FACADE
The colorful and varied species of butterflies makes the well-landscaped garden of the island as their natural habitat. For minutes, we roam around, took photos and visited its breeding center.  Butterflies came in varied sizes too.  The park would appear like any other ordinary garden if it does not feature species endemic to Peninsular Malaysia.  And it did not disappoint. Rajah Brooke’s Birdwing, Orange Emigrant, Courtesan, Plain and common tiger, species of sergeant and jays, and palm kings are but a few of the many Malaysian species of butterflies captured by my camera lens.

THE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIR

THE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIR

THE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIR

THE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIR

THE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIR

THE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIR

THE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIR

THE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIR

THE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIR

THE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIRTHE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIR

THE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIR

THE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIR

THE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIR

Surprisingly, there is a section (air-conditioned) at the Butterfly Island which features tarantulas, scorpions and the Malaysian horned frog.

THE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIR
Photo by Edgar of eazytraveler
THE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIR

THE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIR

THE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIR

THE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIR

Orchid Island

THE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIR

The hanging bridge makes a prominent landmark of the Orchid Island that even from a distance, the bridge is recognizable. 


THE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIR

THE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIR

As we walk, varied species of orchids all over Southeast Asia hang on each corner of the island with tags of names and origin.  Unfortunately, the Philippine orchids are not in bloom during that time.

THE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIRTHE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIR

THE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIR

THE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIR

THE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIRTHE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIR

THE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIR

THE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIR

Herb Island


THE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIR

THE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIR

The Herb Island is quite interesting.  The collection of herbal plants makes up the landscape of the island, visible on the pathways with complete tagging which leads us to a small cottage uphill.  From there, we rested for minutes and tried the complimentary drinks.  The drinks were not ordinary thirst quencher.  Though known as aphrodisiacs, Tongkat Ali (for men) and Kacip Fatimah (for women) can likewise increase blood circulation and are a good source of oxygen in our bodies.  The 240 species of plants at the island contains medicinal value.


THE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIR

THE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIR

THE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIR

Lasir Waterfall (Sungai Lasir)


THE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIR
Photo by Edgar of EazyTraveler
Our last stop for the day was a refreshing treat.  In a few minutes of ascending walk over concrete pathways surrounded by trees, a multi-tiered level of boulders and huge rocks forming cascading showers of water became visible.  At first I was hesitant to swim on the natural pool of the waterfalls but it was so irresistible.


THE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIR

THE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIRTHE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIR

THE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIR

THE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIR

The cold waters was indeed a therapeutic treat and the perfect way to end the tour at Lake Kenyir.

Where we stayed


THE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIR
The island has no mobile signal, internet access and the resort provides no television on the villas.  It was a complete immersion with nature for the night.  I stayed in one of the villas, together with Edgar and two Indonesian members of the media.

THE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIR

With a location near the world’s oldest rainforest, Malaysia’s Taman Negara, natural attractions at Lake Kenyir would definitely be the best selling point and an interest to nature lovers.


THE ECO-TOURISM SITE OF LAKE KENYIR

Special thanks to Tourism Terengganu and media coordinator, Gaya Travel Magazine Malaysia for making this trip possible.  Trip is conjunction with the 10th Anniversary celebration of Sultan Mizan Royal Foundation.





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