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Day Ride at Paya Indah Wetlands
Paya Indah Wetlands is Malaysia's premier eco-tourism park covering approximately 3,100 hectares in Kuala Langat District near Putrajaya and Dengkil, about 50 km from Kuala Lumpur. As the haven to 229 species of birds, 63 species of mammals, 20 species of reptiles, 10 species of amphibians and 14 species of fish, this sanctuary is ideal for family, school and corporate outings.
Paya Indah Wetlands is divided into three zones - recreation, educational and conservation. Not widely promoted until recently, From Putrajaya (Dataran Putra or Putrajaya Sentral), a tour van took us a short ride to Paya Indah Wetlands. Filling our stomachs with local delicacies such as Nasi Lemak for breakfast, we hopped on our bicycles to begin our ride. Bicycle rental is available for RM 5 for two hours. If you prefer to ride on your own bike, we recommend that you bring a mountain bike as the ride is both on-road and off-road.
A 1. Peacock fanned its colourful tail as if it were greeting us upon the start of our exciting journey. From the restaurant of the wetlands, we rode into 2. ‘Rentis Typha’, an off-road trail cutting between Tasik Typha and Tasik Teratai. Fishing enthusiasts are allowed to fish at Tasik Typha, but not at Tasik Teratai. We caught sight of the Acacia trees on both sides as we passed along this trail, just before we took our first stop at a 3. wooden bridge to appreciate the beauty of both lakes.
Taking a U-turn from ‘Rentis Typha’, we entered the educational zone for 4. Hippopotamuses feeding. Both adults and children would be amazed by seeing the hippos up-close. The Botswana hippos (a four-ton male, Kundra, and two 3.5-ton females, Juwita and Cendana) are so huge that they are fed with 70kg of papayas, Napier and Cow grass every day. The third largest land mammal by weight stays in water or mud during the day to keep cool; even reproduction and childbirth occur in water.
We rode to an enclosed lake nearby for 5. Crocodile feeding. Paya Indah Wetlands maintains the population of the Buaya Tembaga (Crocodylus Porosus) at 38. Crocodile eggs are harvested, and newborns are sent to zoos and crocodile farms to avoid over-crowding. Crocodiles are fed only once a week during the morning of weekends. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see crocodiles emerged from the calmed lake one after another as the wetlands keeper whistled to signal that it’s already feeding time.
Paya Indah Wetlands is well-maintained that parents could let their children cycle and explore nature freely. However, a watchful eye is a must as the wetlands are occupied by lakes, swamps and woods. Cycling deeper into the wetlands, you will find 6. Malayan porcupine (Hystrix Brachyura) next to the horse range.
We proceeded on our off-road ride, stopping at the 7. Observation tower for an experience that should not be missed. At the top of the tower, we gaped at the full 360-degree view of the wetlands. Next to the tower is the bamboo plantation that supplies bamboos for the two pandas from China at our Zoo Negara.
Further down the trail is a 8. Small jetty which is one of the favourite team building sites for many companies. Participants are trained with kayaking, jungle tracking and other outdoor team building activities.
From this point on, be prepared for a longer off-road ride. We cycled on a narrow sandy and muddy trail to the other side of the lake for lunch in a 9. Rumah Melayu (a Terengganu Malay House). For those who have not experienced sitting on a wooden floor and eating your meal with your hands, this is a one-of-a-kind experience. Everyone sits in a circle with dishes lying at the middle of the wooden floor. Best of all, we were served with authentic Malay cuisine.
After lunch, we pushed our weary legs to cycle another 2.5 km on off-road trails back to the starting point and ended the tour with a cruise ride on Tasik Putrajaya.
This 7.5 km cycling tour package may be a bit physically challenging to some, particularly to riders who are not used to cycling on off-road trails. However, cycling for 4 hours and 40 minutes offered a different experience. The tour is similar to cycling in wetlands, zoos and jungles combined. Its happy ending included not a carriage, but a ride on Putrajaya Lake Cruise to top it off.
Cycling Route - Day Ride at Paya Indah Wetlands
This cycling tour package is provided by: Inter-Orient Travels and Tours Sdn Bhd
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