Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Herbal Garden, Kenyir Lake, Malaysia

Kenyir Lake is one of the largest man-make lakes in Malaysia. It is  located in the district of Hulu Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia and  is about 80km from Kuala Terengganu, the state capital. This lake is large covering hundreds of hectares of land with 340 islands. I am going to tell you one of the islands that is Pulau Sah Kecil which was planted with Malaysian herbs. This garden is unique due to its species.

This island covers 16 hectares and was opened to the public since 2002. It has more than 230 species including exotic plants. The garden is managed by Terengganu Tengah Regional Development Authority.

The jetty at the Pulau Sah Kecil, where the garden is located.

The sign board to the Herbal Garden.

One of the plant species, "Tongkat Ali".

Keladi Murai species.

Even reflexology path is provided here.

The garden.

The plaque about the garden.

The officer's (blue and red shirt) routine job is to give briefing to the visitors.

The selected herbs are boiled to  make herbal drinks using the old method (using wood as the fuel) 

The "tongkat ali" and "kachip fatimah" herbal drinks are served warm to the visitors at the courtesy of the management.

Herbal drinks are served and being  tasted by the visitors.

Kenyir Lake.

Another view of Kenyir Lake.

For those who like to visit this garden, you have to go to Pengkalan Gawi. If you come from Kuala Terengganu, you can take a taxi and straight to Pengkalan Gawi. When you reach Pengkalan Gawi, take a boat to this island which takes about 20 minutes. This garden is open to the public from 8.00 am to 5.00pm daily. Mind you, island hopping here is quite expensive. If you are not careful, it will burst your budget. It is advisable to go in group because the boat fare to this garden is around RM100.00 per boat (can accommodate 10-12 persons). You can share the cost. If you want to explore this lake, I suggest you stay at the hotels here. The hotels around this lake also conduct tour to this island for their  clients or customers. Happy travel.

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