Templer Park ~ Places to Visit in Kuala
KL Visitors Guide
KL CITY OUTSKIRTS > TEMPLER PARK
Templer's Park is a
forest reserve located in a small valley, 2 km long, situated about 22
kilometres from Kuala Lumpur. Consisting of lowland forests and a
five-kilometre limestone ridge with monkeys and abundant birdlife.
With a 740-metre hill,
the park has waterfalls, jungle trails and a natural pool that attracts
nature lovers, bird watchers, jungle trekkers,
photographers and picnickers.
Established by the
British during the colonial years, it was named in honour of Sir Gerald
Templer, a British High Commissioner of Malaya, in 1955.
Located beside the busy trunk
road to Rawang and Ipoh, the park is a 1,200-hectare (3,000-acre) section of
Malaysian jungle where visitors have the chance to explore trails, swim in
the pools and relax by waterfalls.
As you enter, there is a
general parking area, and from here, an uphill tarmac road leads you 500
meters to the general pool area. the pool is surrounded by towering
rainforest trees covering the hill slopes
From here there is a track to the waterfall. It is a nice walk,
almost level, with little bridges crossing the stream several times. After
about 1 km you will hear and see the first waterfall, a nice cascade.
For most visitors, the attraction here is the gushing waters of the
and streams feed the thriving vegetarian here. Soft mosses cover the forest
floor and huge ferns grow as epiphytes, while matured trees form soaring
Sheltered picnic spots and
changing areas are provided and walkways have been built where necessary to
Wildlife that can be spotted in Templer's Park include the park's cheeky
monkeys (the long tail macaques), various birds as well as the Malaysian
green crested lizard, and various kinds of toads.
Bird watchers can get to see
birds such as the hawk-cuckoo, the crested serpent eagle, the emerald dove,
the forest wagtail, malkohas, the barbet, the woodpecker, the
the blue-winged leafbird and the earless agamid.
Freshwater Swimming Pool - Nothing beats the tropic heat like a jungle river
dip. The reinforced and landscaped
pool area is a safer outdoor alternative to jumping into a rocky stream.
Find A Picnic Spot - Wander upriver or down river from the pool and find a
secluded section of the forest to chill out for lunch, snap some jungle
pictures or just read a book. Bring a ground cloth and prepare for a few bug
Jungle Waterfall Trail - Spend about 30 to 45 minutes one-way on level
terrain across streams with concrete planks and crossings to a gentle
waterfall about 2 km away. Not too difficult for kids if you're careful and
let them swim at the shallow pools before returning.
Loop Around Rainforest Hike - Take the waterfall trail and continue on from
atop the left side of the falls, where the trail loops back across three
forest streams for another 2.5 km to the swimming pool. A nice opportunity
to mix walking for exercise and jungle photography.
Bird watching - Noted as a refuge for rainforest birds and other wildlife
like long tailed macaques. Hike the trails or find a quiet spot and hang out
with your binoculars and guidebook ready for any feathered arrivals.
Points to Note
• Be prepared to
carry all your gear and food. Weekends are busy, so fend off the
crowds and find some family space below the pool water drop or on
the nearby hill.
• Toilet and changing facilities are not so good. There is one
bathroom and changing area at the parking lot. But sometimes this is
closed if the ranger is not on duty.
• Wear your swim costume under your clothes, then, find a big tree
or a sarong when you need to change back to dry clothes.
• Parking fee - RM 3 / Entry - RM 2 Per Person
• Camping at waterfall site available
• Visitors are not civic minded on cleanliness. Council Authorities
are normally nowhere to be seen
• People especially hikers has been known to get lost here in the
jungle and mobile phones here receive no signal in the jungle. So
keep within sight of other people
• The water is getting less as development encroaches into the area
• The monkeys are everywhere - long-tailed macaques, the monkeys are
cagy and aggressive. Do not leave your gear on the ground, the
macaques are curious, quick and grab anything in reach.
Best Way to Visit -
Half Day Trip to Templer Park & Batu Caves
This half day private tour offers visitors in Kuala Lumpur a tropical
rainforest experience, where you can do a jungle trek, watch the monkeys in
their natural habitat, go bird watching, or going for a dip in the fresh water
pools here. It also include a visit to the famous Batu Caves.
PLACES & SIGHTSEEING ~ KL CITY OUTSKIRTS
• BATU CAVES • SELANGOR PEWTER •
SUNWAY LAGOON •
• FRIM RAINFOREST •
• KANCING WATERFALLS