Header Image-Melaka Straits Mosque: Photo By Sham Hardy
Explore Melaka Malaysia’s Outdoor and Wildlife Adventures
Malaysia’s beautiful state of Melaka, formerly called Malacca by uniformed tourists, has always been a favourite travel destination for Asians. Annually the region sees over 15 million tourists with travellers from China and Singapore leading the tourism numbers.
Recently Melaka has also garnered the attention of tourists worldwide as it offers an authentic Malaysian experience for visitors with an abundance of natural attractions. If you plan to travel to Melaka during peak season, weekends, or national holidays, you should think about booking hotel online well in advance so as to secure your accommodation.
Many historical buildings and places are protected and showcased through the state’s numerous museums. Melaka City has been recognized by UNESCO as one of the important historical city sites of the World.
Melaka is home to wonderful wildlife attractions such as its bird park, reptile sanctuary, crocodile farm, and the Melaka Zoo which is home to the area’s endemic rare and threatened wildlife as well as a wealth of international species. Melaka also offers several beaches, forest reserves, and hot springs.
It is said that “Visiting Melaka Means Visiting Malaysia” and that could not be more true. The recent tourism boom has led to an abundance of high quality accommodation options. You can check Malacca hotel offers & deals quite easily to choose the best hotel that’s right for you.
Let us explore Melaka’s natural side by visiting some of its greatest wildlife and natural attractions.
Melaka Botanical Garden: Formerly Air Keroh Recreational Forest
Popular area for local joggers and bikers, the botanic garden provides natural tranquillity. Hiking trails, suspension bridges, and observation towers are available as well as camping options. The Aboriginal Park offers historical insight into the culture, customs, and traditions of the Orang Asli people.
Kids will love the replicas of prehistoric animals found throughout the Prehistoric Park as well as the chance to feed the local deer.
Melaka Forest: photo by suatu ketika
Crocodile Farm: Taman Buaya
Malaysia’s largest crocodile farm, Taman Buaya Melaka allows visitors to experience over a hundred crocodiles representing several species from around the world including rare varieties like the African dwarf crocodile and the Indian Mugger Crocodile.
Watch crocodile shows where you can watch them get fed as well as snake demonstrations. Onsite there is also an aviary along with other animals you can feed and touch if you wish to.
Cape Rachado or Tanjung Tuan
Head up to the Cape Rachado Lighthouse and be rewarded with stunning sea and jungle views. On a clear day you may even be able to make out the Indonesian island of Sumatra in the distance. The lighthouse is Malaysia’s oldest, dating back to the 16th century.
The area offers many hidden private beaches as well as jungle hikes which are great for birdwatching as well as other wildlife. The area is a stopover for some 300,000 migrating birds every year.
Cape Rachado Lighthouse: Photo by m. king
Head out on the Melaka River to get a different perspective on the area. Day cruises allow for wildlife spotting of monkeys, monitor lizards, and birds. Opt for a night-time cruise to enjoy beautifully lit bridges, murals, and kampong houses.
Cruises are generally short, usually lasting less than an hour but offer the chance to see places you may want to discover in more detail while on foot later. Be prepared to get a bit wet from inevitable splashing water.
Painted Mural: Photo By Michael Coghlan
For adrenaline pumping fun, head to Skytrex Adventure where you can test your athletic ability. It is a suspended obstacle course that takes you over the lush tropical Malaysian Rainforest. Challenges include flying foxes, cargo nets, ladders, bridges, tires, sky bikes, and Tarzan swings.
They offer courses for beginners as well as the Extreme Warrior course designed to test highly skilled athletes or adventurers. A great way to get exercise and experience the beautiful Malaysian landscape.
Pantai Kundur Beach offers the chance to watch fishermen fish off kelongs, which are platforms built on stilts in the sea, or simply relax beneath the casuarina trees. It is a popular beach for swimming or a picnic.
For a more manicured beach, head to Tanjung Kling where you’ll find white sand and coconut palms. You may even find some seashells.
You may also want to consider visiting a nearby island such as Pulau Upeh, once home to pirates but now where endangered hawksbill sea turtles come to nest.
The island of Pulau Besar offers caves to explore, snorkeling, and other water based activities.
Kelong Fishing Village: Photo By Todd Huffman