Forest Eco Park – The City Reserved Tropical Rainforest
Kuala Lumpur is the only city in the world that has a natural rainforest situated right at its centre. The KL Forest Eco Park (formerly known as the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve) was gazetted as a forest reserve in 1906 and is one of the oldest in Malaysia.
Situated near the forest is one of the city’s skyline icons, the Kuala Lumpur Tower, which was constructed with utmost attention being paid to the environment to ensure that the natural surroundings of KL Forest Eco Park remain undisturbed.
Eco Park Hiking Route
There is a few interesting path for you to choose in order to conquer this forest trail:
Path A (Front Gate) => Eco Park Museum => Cliff Path => Rest Area => Canopy Walk (Easy)
Path B (Back Gate) => Cliff Path => Rest Area => Eco Park Museum => Canopy Walk (Medium)
Path C (Back Gate) => Canopy Walk => Rest Area => Eco Park Musem => Cliff Path (Hard)
Depending your parking location, usually people would choose Path B or C at the eco-park back gate since it is only a walking distance to another attraction “The KL Tower”
The Cliff Path Sight Seeing
On this trip, we choose Path B which requires a little forest walk before reaching the rest area, insect screeching noise is everywhere as we walk along the stairs.
Thick and aged trees are within the sight with climbing plants blooming growth rising along the trees.
On the middle of the path, there’s a Herbal Garden with various types of herbal plant growing on pot or land.
Among many of them, we discover a special herbal with the name tag which named after “Peha Ayam” (chicken drumstick).
Could it be the last secret ingredient of the famous Kentucky Fried Chicken? 😉
More greenery plants along the sideways which gives a bit more feel like a forest garden.
The Rest Area / Half Way
Roughly 10-15 minutes of walking we reached the middle part of the trail, the rest area. Not much energy needed since we are just walking down the slope.
The rest area consists of a large flat marbling stadium which enables visitors to rest, picnic and enjoys the forest scenery.
There are supposed to have a few stalls opening for selling hot tea and canned beverage on the same spot (which never operate during our visits).
The rest area also becomes the hotbed for the local forest residents (Monkey) to hang out while seeking food for their juvenile.
*Be sure to keep a distance from the monkey while observing, they are very agile and will pull anything which comes across if you are not careful enough.
Eco Park Museum
Another 5 minutes walk down the trail from the rest area and we finally reach the Eco Park Front Gate (Main Gate) where the museum situated in.
The museum ground floor showcases various informative knowledge about the tropical forest, which is the best place to learn natural environment species, especially for the young ones.
There is also a dark room surround with luminous light in the museum ground floor where visitors can experience the beautiful deep ocean environment.
Photo Gallery and information of various plants along the staircase to the first floor.
First floor of the museum consists of animal specimen; Snake, Wild Cat, Armadillo, Sea Turtle and Sea Reefs.
All of the specimens are the real ones which might give you a shiver when you are too nearby especially the snake! 🙂
Besides specimens, there is also a small playground cater for kids to learn more about the tropical forest and animals.
While given the chance to explore the real environment at KL Forest Eco Park, parents can take this golden opportunity to teach and guide the next generation for a valuable lesson.
The Canopy Walk
The Canopy Walk is the last attraction in KL Eco Park if you are taking Path A and B (Taking canopy walk route for the won’t be as tiring as taking the staircase). This sky bridge is generally a long curve bridge linking one and another from middle rest area straight to the final destination point.
From here onwards you can enjoy and admire the beauty of a natural green lung for the surrounding metropolitan area.
The admission fees for KL Forest Eco Park:
The Admission Fee is Free of charge
Address: Forestry Department, KL Lot 240, Bukit Nanas, Jalan Raja Chulan, Kuala Lumpur.
Open Hour: 07.00 am – 06.00 pm (Mon-Sun), Including Public Holiday.