Eco-Adventure At KL Tower – Things You Can Do In 6 Hours
Say it is the weekend and you are free. You woke up at dawn like you usually do and felt slightly bored. You think it might be great to do some recreational activity. You thought you would sweat it out first before playing with some cute animals and then take some Instagram-worthy photos at a newly-opened attraction and share them with your friends.
But where can you find a spot to do all of that in Kuala Lumpur?
One word: KL Tower.
With less than RM50, your weekend will not be as boring as your recently jilted next door neighbor.
KL Forest Eco Park
Did you know that there is a forest reserve in Kuala Lumpur city?
In case you did not know, KL Tower is surrounded by lush greeneries. In 1906, the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve was gazetted as a permanent forest reserve with an area of 17.5 hectares. After KL Tower was built and a landslide happened which required chopping off some mature trees to make strong embankment, the area remained at 9 hectares.
There are many activities that can be done at the KL Forest Eco Park. If you arrive here after dawn, you can start your day by jogging. There is a nature trail for you to trek with minimal climbing. Go on the trail twice if you would like to burn more fats.
You can choose to visit the herbal garden that has many types of herbs like Tongkat Ali, Misai Kucing, Kacip Fatimah or the more regular herbs we use in cooking like Serai, Kunyit and Pandan. As you walk around, take notice of the large trees too. The park has some species of dipterocarp (a family of hardwood) and non-dipterocarp trees including threatened species like Karas and Kapur.
How about a Canopy Walk? It is a short, yet impressive 200 meters canopy that allows a good view of the treetops and the city beyond. For a short moment, you would even forget that you are in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.
You can also picnic and camp here. Camping requires prior permission though, which you need to contact KL Tower for further details.
A good exercise in KL Forest Eco Park and a visit to some of the sections here might take around 2 to 3 hours of your time.
Note: Do put on mosquito repellent cream or patch to keep the mozzies away.
Entrance fee: Currently free.
Operation Hours: Monday – Sunday, 6am – 7pm
KL Tower Mini Zoo
After a good session in KL Forest Eco Park, you can cool yourself down with a drink at one of the cafes near KL Tower car park or just head on to the KL Tower Mini Zoo located right at the foot of KL Tower.
The zoo is not as mini as it said it is. With 28 stops of different species of animals as well as resting areas, you would need a minimum of 1 1/2 hours to cover the whole zoo.
You would find animals roaming around so please beware. Do not step on any chicks or trip over the 100 year old turtle. You may take “selfies” with some of them too especially the birds. There are handlers at every section that will assist you or have food to let you feed the animals.
⇒ NOTE : DO NOT USE FLASH ON YOUR PHONES OR CAMERAS WHEN YOU TAKE PHOTOS OF THE ANIMALS. THIS WILL STRESS THEM OUT AND SOMETIMES CAUSE BLINDNESS.
By the time you end up feeding, patting and selfie-ing with the animals, it is already noon time.
Entrance Fee: RM32 (Adult), RM27 (Children below 11 years old), RM27 (Senior Citizens of 60 years old above)
Operation Hours: Monday – Sunday, 10am – 9pm.
KL Tower Upside Down House
Before you leave KL Tower to get lunch, take a little detour to the KL Tower Upside Down House. Newly opened last June, the 6.1 meters tall house is located in an area of 2,000 square feet.
It is a medium-sized English cottage made of 80% steel and 20% wood. There are bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen and a living room. The only thing is; they are upside down so you would not be able to rest your behind on the sofa any time soon.
The house is a nice place for photo session since the interiors are painted with bright colors; probably to enhance “good mood” to its visitors.
After you have explored the insides of the house, why not take some photos outside too? There is a mini replica of Hobbiton (how small can The Shire be?) and a garden of beautiful flowers for you to walk about.
Did you know that this installation is currently Malaysia’s tallest upside down house?
Entrance Fee: RM15 (Adult), RM10 (Children)
Operation Hours: Monday – Sunday, 9am – 7pm.
Before you know it, half your day is gone and now you can share some of your photos on Instagram too!
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