09 Feb 10 Best places to add to your Kuala Lumpur itinerary
The unique ethnic and cultural diversity of Malaysia has found apt expression in the tagline, ‘Malaysia, Truly Asia’. But, its capital city, Kuala Lumpur is nothing short of an amazing wonderland. Stretching for an area of 243 sq. km and housing nearly 18.1 lakhs people, as of 2017, the capital of Malaysia is one of the largest cities and an important cultural, financial, and economic center of the country.
Glittering skyscrapers, colonial architecture, charming locals, and a myriad of tourist hotspots make Kuala Lumpur a dream travel destination for many. Plan your trip with some of our best recommended tour packages and enjoy the tropical city at its best. Following are some of the noteworthy hotspots that will make your travel itinerary to Kuala Lumpur worthy of your time.
10 Best Places to See in Kuala Lumpur
When we think about the beautiful urban metropolitan Kuala Lumpur, the first image that emerges in front of our eyes is that of the iconic Petronas Twin Towers.
Once acclaimed as the tallest buildings in the world, the Petronas towers will consume nearly 45 minutes of your time for touring it. The Skybridge built on the 41st floor and the observation deck on the 86th floor will give you a spellbinding panoramic view of the city around, from 170m and 370m height respectively. Highly spacious and beautifully landscaped KLCC park stretches out to the side of the towers and features a jogging track, water fountain and a wading pool for children and host of other attractions such as Petronas Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre as well as the Petrosains Science Centre.
Moving forward, we have the enchanting Batu caves to marvel at.
The famous Batu Caves of Lumpur City
The suburb of Selangor is the home to some of the amazing limestone cliffs and carved cave temples which are dotted by multiple caves. Also known as Batu caves, this 400 million years old limestone hill hosts the annual Hindu festival of Thaipusam and have Hindu shrines which are considered important places of pilgrimage for many Tamil residents of Malaysia. The Cathedral Cave is the largest cavern here and at the foot of the Batu Hill lies two other cave temples, the Art Gallery Cave and Museum Cave that features numerous Hindu statues and paintings.
Take our half day Batu caves tour to witness the local flora and fauna inhabiting the caves such as wild monkeys and cave-dwelling bats as well as partake in a few adrenaline-pumped rock climbing and trekking activities available for the tourists.
Our next stop will be a day’s tour to the historical Malacca.
Malacca in Malaysia
Approximately 145 km south of Kuala Lumpur lies the city of Malacca, the capital of the Malaysian state of Malacca. It is one of the oldest Malaysian cities that grew up on the Straits of Malacca and has numerous colonial structures, heritage buildings and ancient landmarks adding to its beauty. Here, you will experience British, Dutch and Portuguese cultures in a perfect blend, and the numerous forts, museums, churches and towers bear witness to those periods of foreign invasion clearly.
Jonker Street – A travel to this city will be a real treat both for your eyes and taste bud. Especially because the vibrant Jonker Street is the center street of Chinatown and was once a hub for antique shops. Over the years, small markets have cropped up across the street offering everything right from yummy delicacies to cheap items.
Christ Church – You simply cannot miss the brick-red cathedral with a huge white cross at the top, Christ Church, situated along Jalan Gereja, near to Malacca’s Chinatown Center and across the bridge from the Jonker Street. It was built in 1753 to acknowledge a century of Dutch occupation. Step outside the church and you will confront numerous religious paraphernalia for sale and colorful trishaws waiting to give you a ride – you have to pay for those rides though.
Other important places that will catch your attention here are –
A’Famosa or one of the oldest surviving European architectural remains in Asia.
The Stadthuys or one of the oldest surviving Dutch building in the East.
Ayer Keroh or the town that hosts a range of attractions such as Taman Mini Malaysia and ASEAN, the Malacca Butterfly and Reptile Sanctuary, as well as the Melaka Zoo.
Melaka Sultanate Palace or the wooden replica of Sultan Mansur Shah’s 15th-century palace.
And, definitely, the nightlife here which is one of the things you can enjoy for a day with our private guided full-day tour.
Now we drive towards the cool hill station, Genting Highlands, which is just 45 minutes’ drive away from Kuala Lumpur.
The 1800 meters high Genting Highlands offers you a buffet of entertainment and adrenaline-pumped activities you can enjoy with your friends and families. Vegas-style casinos and its range of indoor-outdoor theme parks along with the world’s fastest cable-car system will make your stay in Kuala Lumpur highly exciting and intoxicating.
Few places that you simply cannot afford to miss during your stay here are –
Skyway Cable Car or the fastest and definitely the easiest way to climb up the Genting Highlands will give you a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding hills. For a grandeur experience, do try the glass-bottomed gondolas.
Snow World or a winter wonderland gives you the flavors of cold wintry and chilly weather, even during the warm summer days. The white landscapes including the Cresta Run snow slide will be quite a treat to escape the hot and humid weather.
Casino de Genting may not take you on a dreamy tour to Vegas but is surely going to treat you with the fun of playing poker with your gang. The only legal land-based casino in Malaysia, Casino de Genting will have men in batik shirts and women in pretty frocks crowd the tables to try their luck at gambling.
And, there are other options to choose from such as Flying Fox, Indoor-Outdoor Theme Parks and Video Games Park. Next, we will head to a full-day tour to experience the Japanese culture and spent a few hours at Bukit Tinggi.
Live and Dine like the Japs
Bukit Tinggi – This is a small town in Bentong district of Pahang, Malaysia. Notable for its famous restaurants serving mouthwatering delicacies, Bukit Tinggi is the must-stop spot for tourists who are driving from Genting Highlands. Enjoy the French culture at Colmar Tropicale which is a French-themed village and hotel located in Berjaya Hills Resort at Bukit Tinggi. The resort is about 2600 feet above sea-level and is surrounded by natural forestland, covering a total area of 80 acres. The architectural inspiration of this town descends from Colmar in Alsace, France.
Japanese Village – This is a small garden enclosed within a lush tropical rain forest, built at an altitude of 1070 meters above sea-level and has traditional Japanese cottages dotting the area. Ancient castles, clock tower with an original cuckoo bird clock and the viewing tower alongwith the calm tranquility of the lush green tropical foliage create an enchanting ambience altogether. You can sip into a cup filled with brimming Japanese tea at the Tea House or rent the Kimono for a small ride.
From here, it is time to move out and explore the beauty of the tropical rainforest in Malaysia itself.
A day spent amidst green foliage of Tropical Rainforest
A guided tour to the tropical rainforest of Malaysia will introduce you to some of the exotic flora and fauna that have built their nests here. Journey to the forest will take you to the outskirts of the city and the overall journey will not consume more than an hour of your time.
Here, you will come face-to-face with the Malay villagers and get introduced to their everyday simple lives. There are a few places that will surely arrest your attention such as the virgin culture of the Aborigines that once lived here, as exhibited in the Aboriginal museum.
Taman Negara national park – On the other hand, Taman Negara is a 130 million years old forest which is home to some of the most endangered species on earth. A canopy walk across the dancing rope bridge will be nothing short of an adventure for you. Also, the displays in the Aboriginal museum such as rare weapons used for hunting, clothes made out of tree barks and ancient musical instruments will brief you on the lost culture of the Batek tribes. Trekking through the forest or engaging in wildlife photography are some of the other activities you can partake in during your visit.
If your hunger for wildlife photography is not satiated, then move to some of the famous sanctuaries and come face-to-face with the unique wildlife of Malaysia.
An oasis of exotic flora and fauna
Kuala Selangor’s Fireflies – The synchronized flashing of thousand fireflies glowing along the banks of River Selangor is quite an enchanting sight to witness. The Government of Kuala Lumpur takes immense measures to protect the fragile natural habitat of these fireflies. So, if you have to catch them in action, then ride their traditional sampan or electrically powered fibreglass boat along the river silently at night.
Kindly note – The best time to view them is after 8 pm on a clear, moonless night.
Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary Tour – Kuala Gandah is home to some of the rare species of Asian elephants, also known as Borneo Pygmy. Located just outside the city of Kuala Lumpur and about 14 km away from Langchang, this National Elephant Conservation Center was established in 1989 within the Krau Wildlife Reserve that was managed by the Malaysian Wildlife Sanctuary.
Kindly note – April to October are the best months to visit this beautiful elephant sanctuary.
Deerland Park – This is a privately owned and managed deer sanctuary that is situated in about 2km away from Kuala Gandah and houses approximately 30 Indonesian deer. This small yet well-maintained park is a perfect spot to spend your day with kids as they will simply adore these lively, jumpy and cute little deer with their unique antiques.
Last but not the least, a visit to the Cameron Highlands will complete your Kuala Lumpur travel itinerary.
Climb up the Tableland of Cameron Highlands
This tableland is one of the oldest tourist spots in Malaysia that will greet you with a soothing chill breeze and verdant landscapes. The cactus valley and vibrant hues of the lavender farm are perfect for clicking Insta-worthy pictures. The highlands are famous for their expansive tea estates, jungle trails for trekking and strawberry firms.
Sam Poh is a beautiful temple complex that is decked up with magnificent gigantic statues and amazing tile-work. Hand-painted Buddha images adorn the ceramic tiles covering the inside of the temple.
Time Tunnel – 2000 artefacts, vintage teacups, 1970s postcards to rusty old bikes have found a place inside the museum, Time Tunnel that narrates the ancient and old history of the Cameron Highlands.
Amidst your brief stops and rendezvous with Kuala Lumpur’s best places, take some time to taste the rare Malaysian flavors and exotic cuisines.
A savory and sweet moment with Kuala Lumpur
The versatile and aromatic ala carte of Kuala Lumpur will make you lick your fingers for hours. So, without further delay, plunge into this sweet and savory adventure here.
Few dishes that are worth tasting are mentioned below –
Cendol or gummy worms are made out of mung bean flour and pandan leaf syrup. Coconut milk, palm sugar syrup and shaved ice top add a unique texture to this otherwise gooey confection.
Nasi Lemak or coconut-milk-soaked rice is a part of the daily diet in Kuala Lumpur and is gobbled by locals for breakfast, lunch or dinner alongside meat, fish or vegetables.
Masak Lemak is a delicacy made out of an entire chicken dipped in a mixture of coconut cream and milk.
Other items in the menu should include Banana Leaf Rice, Yong Tau Foo, Bak Kut Teh, or Nasi Kandar.
Have you made your vacation plans already?
If not, then a visit to this beautiful Garden city of Lights, Kuala Lumpur will be a perfect holiday destination for you and your family. Plan your itineraries with our recommended tour packages and get the best of what this smart city has to offer.
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