During our recent trip to Lake Kenyir together with other Malaysia Asean East Coast Trail participants, we visited Lake Kenyir located in the state of Terranganu in northeast Malaysia. Lake Kenyir or Tasik Kenyir is one of the largest man-made lakes in South East Asia. Being a nature and adventure enthusiast myself, I find Lake Kenyir not just a calm and relaxing place but also a promising eco-adventure destination for tourists.
Baby Elephants eating watermelon
We had heard of and planned visits to the nearby fish sanctuary, Bewah Cave and also a few boat trips around some islands, not to forget a food trip in some of the luxurious resorts in Lake Kenyir. However it was the Kenyir Elephant Village day trip I consider one of the most amazing tour we had during our visit in Lake Kenyir.
Elephant interacting with the audience
Kenyir Elephant Village
This elephant sanctuary, with the Temelong River running through it is home to 11 elephants which are allowed to live freely in their natural habitat. All visitors (depending on their arrival time) can experience the daily lives of the elephants living inside this wildlife sanctuary.
Elephants approaching the viewing area
It is best to arrive early in the morning (ask your hotel desk for information) so that you can have a complete experience, from taking a great elephant ride, to participating in the elephants daily routines, all of which is supervised and guided by trained mahouts of course.
Elephant trying to play with kids
A really high canopy bridge (the first thing you see upon entering the sanctuary visitors) gives an amazing bird’s-eye view of the sanctuary. After crossing this bridge, depending on the time you arrive at, you could either see the elephants being fed (perhaps even participate in it) or see them perform some great tricks including playing football and music, or grab a bite to eat at the restaurant which also gives a great view of the elephants frolicking, swimming and bathing in the Temelong river.
Elephants marching in front of the audience
Where to Stay
You could make Kuala Berang your base camp or choose any of the resorts near Lake Kenyir itself or on any of the nearby islands. If you want to splurge, try Lake Kenyir Resort & Spa for a luxurious treat. Other options that are available are houseboats if you are feeling adventurous enough.
Elephants playing dead
How to Get There
From Kuala Lumpur, it would take you at least 7 to 8 hour if you are driving by road. From Kuala Lumpur, take the East Coast Expressway to Kuala Jeneris and onwards to Kenyir. Alternatively, take the Karak Highway to Kuantan and along the coastal road through Kemaman, Dungun, Kuala Terengganu and subsequently to Lake Kenyir.
Elephants taking a bath at Temelong River
You could also drive to the Kenyir Elephant Village or catch a bus to it from Kuala Berang or Kuala Terranganu. The closest airport, Sultan Mahmud Airport is located near Kuala Terranganu. If you are flying down to Kuala Terranganu, you could take a taxi from the airport to the main jetty Pangkalan Gawi at Lake Kenyir itself. The rest of your trip is by oat across the Lake. Do remember to check and request the hotel or resort you have made reservations to arrange for airport transportation.
Seven Elephants at Kenyir Elephant Village
If you want to go there by Bus, the Tasik Kenyir Express departs daily at 9.00pm from Hentian Putra in Kuala Lumpur to Tasik Kenyir. The fare is RM 44.10.
Elevated Canopy in the Elephant Village
All in all the Kenyir Elephant Village is a great day trip. So if you are planning a vacation in north east Malaysia or if you are visiting Kuala Lumpur and have a couple of days off, Kenyir Elephant Village is an ideal place to visit and get up close with the majestic creatures.
Jungle Walk at Kenyir Elephant Village
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