KL’s Best Parks for a Relaxing Day Out

WP Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia boasts an array of diverse destinations catering to varied preferences, whether one's inclinations lean toward the embrace of natural landscapes or the vibrant energy of urban life. As the capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, too, extends its welcoming embrace to nature enthusiasts.

Within the bustling heart of Kuala Lumpur, one can discover a collection of meticulously maintained parks that offer a respite from the urban hustle and bustle. These parks are strategically situated, facilitating easy access via the city's comprehensive transportation network. Kuala Lumpur stands as a comprehensive destination that fulfils an array of visitor needs.

Among the favoured park destinations cherished by visitors are the Perdana Botanical Garden, KL Bird Park, KLCC Park, and Taman Titiwangsa. Each of these parks possesses its unique set of attractions, further enriching the options available to visitors. Whether one seeks a tranquil gathering spot, an idyllic picnic setting, an invigorating jogging path, or an exhilarating cycling route, these parks offer a diverse range of recreational opportunities to cater to individual preferences.

Perdana Botanical Garden

Nestled within the heart of Kuala Lumpur, the Perdana Botanical Garden stands as the preeminent and expansive park, commanding popularity not only among the local populace but also drawing the admiration of tourists seeking respite in this sprawling oasis. With its sprawling expanse encompassing an impressive 91.6 hectares, it proudly holds the distinction of being the largest park within the city's boundaries. The origins of this verdant haven trace back to 1888 when it was initially christened as the Lake Gardens. However, in 1995, it underwent a renaming transformation and has since been referred to as the Perdana Botanical Garden.

What sets this garden apart from its counterparts is its remarkable diversity of plant life, boasting an eclectic assortment of species hailing from various corners of the globe. Among its botanical treasures, one may encounter trees from all over borneo, rare fruit collections and even a miniature herb garden. Learn more about each plant life through the descriptions available on a plaque near the plant. Adding to its allure, several picturesque lakes grace its landscape, providing an ideal backdrop for leisurely picnics and convivial gatherings. 

The presence of ornate fountains further enhances the garden's aesthetic appeal, offering enchanting vistas for photography enthusiasts. As one strolls through the garden's winding paths, numerous sculptures beckon attention, adding an artistic dimension to the visitor's experience. Perdana Botanical Garden is also home to a Deer Park. Walk over a bridge to catch a glimpse of some of the most graceful and majestic does and stags available.

It is worth noting that the Perdana Botanical Garden enjoys acclaim as a sought-after destination, catering to locals and tourists. Visitors planning on going to this botanical haven can look forward to an array of attractions and activities. One of the most exhilarating experiences is the opportunity to embark on tranquil boat rides across its serene lakes. For those seeking simpler pleasures, sightseeing, jogging, and moments of relaxation amidst the lush greenery await. Visitors are also able to head over to the National Museum through a tunnel located just nearby the great lake in the park. Drop by the gift shop at the garden to purchase a souvenir to remember the day you had at the garden. Expand your knowledge of the garden’s history and the green life at the Interpretation Centre. Furthermore, access to the garden is entirely free of charge. This garden is open every day from 7 AM to 8 PM.

The Orchid Garden

Additionally, within the confines of the Perdana Botanical Garden, there is an orchid garden. This orchid garden is home to an impressive collection of over 3,000 orchid species, including some that are rare and classified as endangered varieties.

How to Reach Perdana Botanical Garden

For those considering the use of train transportation, a convenient option is to disembark at the MRT station and exit at the Museum Negara station. The distance from the Museum Negara station to the garden is estimated to be approximately a 10-minute walk. This short stroll offers visitors the opportunity to appreciate the surrounding urban landscape and soak in the atmosphere of the area before arriving at the garden's entrance.

KL Bird Park

A mere short stroll from Perdana Botanical Garden, one will encounter a highly esteemed attraction, namely the KL Bird Park. This park serves as the habitat for over 3,000 avian inhabitants, representing an impressive array of approximately 200 distinct species, encompassing both local and foreign origins.  Stretching over 20.9 acres, the park is nestled in the serene and scenic lake gardens.

The park is thoughtfully organised into four distinctive zones, each offering unique and immersive experiences to patrons. KL Bird Park employs the concept of free-flight, enabling visitors to witness birds in natural flight within the park's confines. This unique approach provides an opportunity for up-close with a diverse array of avian species. The admission fee is determined according to the following list:

 

MYKAD Holder

Non-MYKAD Holder

Adults

RM45.00

RM85.00

Children (3 to 11 years old)

RM20.00

RM60.00

Senior Citizen (more than 60 years old)

RM20.00

RM85.00

Prices may vary. Kindly visit the KL Bird Park’s website to confirm.

The park welcomes visitors throughout the week, from Monday to Sunday, operating between the hours of 9 AM and 6 PM.

The KL Bird Park also hosts a variety of activities that allow bird lovers to interact with the birds. Walk among some of the most beautiful and colourful birds that reside in this open bird park. With a reasonably priced entry, you can spend the whole day watching and learning more about the multitude of bird species that are available. 

Check out the Love Aviary where you can view the loveable Lovebirds and their sweet interaction with one another. Stop by the World of Parrots to witness a variety of parrots from the cockatoos to the lorikeets. The KL Bird Park is home to one of the largest hornbill species in the world, the Rhinoceros Hornbill. Drop by the Hornbill park to check it out. If you are feeling tired and wish to take a seat while still interacting with the birds, hop over to the Bulbul Land where you can rest while enjoying the view of small colourful birds, basking in the sun. Flamingoes have always been the number one attraction to everyone, at the Flamingo Pond, visitors are able to catch a glimpse of the graceful Flamingos sunbathing in the beautiful pond by a waterfall. On your way out, don’t forget to pick up a souvenir at the Peacock and Hornbill Gift Shop to remember the fun and exciting day you had.

Interact with all the colourful and majestic birds with some fun-filled activities planned out by the park. Timings for each activity and bird show are as follows:

Bird Photography: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Lory Feeding: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Ostrich Feeding: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Free Flying Bird Feeding: 10:30 AM
Hornbill Feeding: 11:30 PM
Bird Show: 12:30 PM & 3:30 PM
Eagle Feeding: 2:30 PM 
Milky Stork Feeding: 4:00 PM

Feeling a little peckish? Dine at the Hornbill Restaurant and Cafe where you will be spoilt for choice with the many options the restaurant has for you. From Asian delights such as Malaysian Fried Rice and Satay to mouthwatering Western options like their famous Chicken Chop. Enjoy the view of the bird park if you choose to have your meal on the balcony of the restaurant. With an open concept on the balcony, guests can also dine with the birds as our feathery friends perch themselves up on the railings of the balcony. The Hornbill Cafe and Restaurant operates daily from 9.00 AM to 7.00 PM.

KLCC Park

Situated adjacent to the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, an unexpected urban oasis known as the KLCC Park graces the heart of the city. This distinguished park has adorned the cityscape since its inception in 1995 and continues to hold a prominent place within Malaysia's urban park landscape. Encompassing a vast expanse of 50 acres, this urban sanctuary offers an extensive array of recreational activities for visitors to partake in. The park features several serene lakes, an eclectic collection of meticulously cultivated flora, and an array of amenities designed to enhance the visitor experience.

For those embarking on a visit to this locale, a diverse range of amenities awaits exploration. Furthermore, the park boasts a dedicated 2-acre children's playground, catering specifically to the younger members of the audience.

KLCC Park has rightfully earned its status as one of the most sought-after destinations for both local residents and tourists, owing to its strategic placement within the city. Adjacent to the park, the Suria KLCC Mall enhances the overall visitor experience. The park's strategic location also provides unobstructed views of the Petronas Twin Towers, affording a captivating opportunity to capture the majestic skyscrapers against the backdrop of the lush greenery, an experience that promises to be truly remarkable for photography enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

Furthermore, an array of activities awaits visitors within the park's expansive grounds. The park offers ideal settings for leisurely walks and invigorating jogs, boasting some of the city's finest pathways, including an additional 1.2-kilometre jogging track. 

For those seeking relaxation and a tranquil respite, designated areas within the park provide perfect spots for picnics. Inviting family or friends for a picnic in this scenic environment offers an ideal opportunity to relish the panoramic views of the Petronas Twin Towers and the park's verdant surroundings.

What sets KLCC Park apart from other parks is the captivating Symphony Lake, a sprawling 10,000-square-foot man-made lake nestled within the park. This extraordinary feature is adorned with a synchronised water fountain display that is sure to captivate and enchant your senses. To experience a more vibrant and magical performance, it is recommended to witness the fountain show at designated times.

The fountain display boasts two distinct musical fountains, each showcasing over 150 unique programmed animations that come to life in a synchronised spectacle. KLCC Lake Symphony Light and Sound Water Fountain performances are scheduled at 8 PM and 9 PM. Additionally, KLCC Lake Symphony Water Fountain showcases with light effects only are scheduled at 7:30 PM, 8:30 PM and 9:30 PM daily.

How to reach KLCC Park

There are two train stations accessible to reach the park. Firstly, one may disembark at MRT Persiaran KLCC, followed by continuing on foot until the Asy-Syakirin Mosque becomes visible along the route. Subsequently, proceed on foot to reach the park. This route is estimated to require approximately 10 minutes of walking to reach the intended destination. Alternatively, KLCC LRT Station is situated even closer to the park, necessitating only a brief 2-minute walk.

 

Titiwangsa Lake Park

 

The Titiwangsa Lake Park encompasses a total expanse of 46.13 hectares or 114 acres. Remarkably, this park is situated in close proximity to the city of Kuala Lumpur, being merely 3 kilometres away. Its inauguration to the public transpired on the 1st February 1980 under the auspices of the late Prime Minister Tun Hussein Onn. Originally, this area served as a former mining pond, but it has since undergone a transformative metamorphosis, now adorned with an abundant array of meticulously cultivated flowers and trees.

In 2019, comprehensive enhancements were undertaken to transform the park into a more visitor-friendly destination suitable for individuals seeking recreational activities. These improvements are aimed at cultivating a park environment replete with an array of amenities. Consequently, the park has ascended to an iconic status, firmly establishing itself as a renowned attraction within Kuala Lumpur.

Titiwangsa Lake Park possesses distinctive attributes that have elevated it to the status of one of the most beloved and frequented parks in Kuala Lumpur. The park's resplendent vista exerts a mesmerising charm, seamlessly blending the captivating allure of nature with the urban grandeur of the cityscape. 

Nestled within the park's confines, visitors are afforded with an unobstructed, panoramic perspective of the Kuala Lumpur skyline, an irresistible draw for those seeking to capture indelible photographic memories. Among the prominent architectural landmarks gracing this skyline are the iconic Petronas Twin Towers and KL Tower, both of which stand majestically and are visible with exceptional clarity from this verdant expanse. A beautiful and serene lake is situated in the middle of the park which provides a calm and tranquil environment for everyone who visits. 

Photographers frequently select Titiwangsa Lake Park as their preferred location for outdoor shoots due to its ideal positioning, offering captivating scenic vistas with stunning skyscrapers in the backdrop, thereby augmenting the visual appeal of their work.

This park caters to diverse needs, providing facilities such as bicycle rentals, dining establishments and even boating experiences. Within the park precinct, a bicycle rental service is available, commencing at a reasonable rate of RM5. Furthermore, White & Black Lakeside Tasik Titiwangsa, a restaurant nestled within the park's confines is renowned for its exceptional Western and Fusion cuisine, featuring mouthwatering delicacies like Spaghetti Mushroom with baked salmon, Smoke Duck with garlic cream sauce and many more. To further enhance the allure of the park, there is a designated area where visitors can embark on rowboats, paddle boats and kayak excursions across the lake.

For families with children in tow, an exquisitely designed playground awaits, fulfilling the fantasies of young ones and offering a dedicated play area situated at the lake's far end.

 

How to reach Titiwangsa Lake Park 

 
A convenient train station in close proximity to the park is the MRT Hospital Kuala Lumpur station. As you make your way from this station towards the park, your journey will be marked by the prominent presence of the Istana Budaya, a renowned cultural and performing arts venue in the vicinity.

The estimated duration of this walk is approximately 7 minutes, providing ample opportunity to appreciate the surrounding urban environment and perhaps even catch a glimpse of the Istana Budaya's architectural splendour.

 

KL Forest Eco Park


Previously known as Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, the KL Forest Eco Park is one of Malaysia’s oldest conservation areas. Located in the bustling city of Kuala Lumpur, visit the KL Forest Eco Park to catch a glimpse of the luscious greenery the park has to offer. Spanning over 9.3 hectares, not only is the park home to the most breathtaking scenery but also serves as a habitat to a multitude of wildlife species. During your trip to the park, keep an eye out for Silver Leaf Monkeys and Long-Tailed Macaques that roam around freely. Not only can you enjoy an energetic stroll through the park but you can also partake in the many activities provided. With picnic areas and camping facilities, this park is a definite must-visit.

Throughout your journey through the park, stop by the canopy walk to take in the beauty that surrounds you from above the ground. With a large wooden and steel aerial bridge, the canopy walk offers you a breathtaking view from 21 metres above the ground. Spanning a distance of 200 metres, the bridge leads visitors to a place where the natural beauty of the park can be captured. At the end of the bridge, you will be able to gaze at some of the oldest trees in the city as well as the spectacular panoramic views of the city’s skyline. 

Not only does the park offer a canopy walk but also a thrilling hiking adventure. Offering a variety of hiking trails such as the Merbau trail which is 361 metres in elevation, the Jelutong trail which is 300 metres in elevation and the Penarahan trail, KL Forest Eco Park calls hiking enthusiasts for this exciting experience. Grab your hiking gear and head down to the park for an adventure of a lifetime.

If you are not into hiking, KL Forest Eco Park offers you a stunning sight of the incredible flora and fauna that can be found in the park. Stroll along the captivating trails in the park to spot insects of different species as well as bats and civet cats. Other than that, you will also be enthralled by the beautiful nature that surrounds this park. With bamboo, rare herbs, ferns, creepers and much more, take your time to bask in the stunning view and environment. 

Visiting Hours and Admission Fees

The KL Forest Eco Park is open daily from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM. Last tickets are available to be purchased at 4:30 PM. 

Cash payment is the only form of payment that is currently being accepted by the park. Admission fees are as stated below:

 

MyKad Holder

Non-MyKad Holder

Adult

RM10

RM40

Children (6-12 years)

RM1

RM5

Children (under 6 years)

Free

Free

Senior Citizen

RM1

RM40

Person with disabilities

Free

Free

**Prices may vary. Kindly visit Jabatan Perhutanan’s website to confirm.


How to get to KL Forest Eco Park

The park has two main entrances, one at the front of the park's head office and another located at the KL Tower. 

There are numerous ways that visitors can get to the park. The first being by train. Hop onto the MRT and stop at the Pasar Seni station, from there it will be a 20-minute walk to the park. Alternatively, you can reach the park via the KL Monorail line, which is then an 18-minute walk away. The Ampang LRT line is also another alternative to bring you to the KL Forest Eco Park. Simply stop at the Masjid Jamek LRT Station and take a 20-minute stroll until you reach the doors of the park.

Buses are also available for those who wish to take a bus to the park. The KL Hop-On Hop-Off bus brings passengers directly to the KL Tower which is just next door to the KL Forest Eco Park. As an alternative, the purple and blue GOKL buses are free and stop at Bukit Nanas. 

Kuala Lumpur is home to some of the most luscious and green parks. Find unique flora and fauna during your trip. Join in the fun and bask in Malaysia’s evergreen through these enchanting parks. Spend your day taking a stroll, hiking or just simply enjoying the scenery with a picnic at the wondrous environment all these parks provide. So grab your exercise gear or picnic baskets and make your way to these heavenly locations and soak up the beauty of Malaysia.


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