National Park Tasik Kenyir
Pengkalan Gawi,Tasik Kenyir (Gawi Jetty)
Taman Negara Tasik kenyir or Kenyir Lake National Park is 55 km from Kuala Terengganu and is the largest man made lake in Southeast Asia, spanning over 260,000 hectares. Its is also Malaysia Largest rock filled hydroelectric dam. Tasik Kenyir which also a part of the National Park promises to astound you with its extraordinary mix of exotic flower and fauna. Tasik Kenyir is a treasure trove for Angler and nature lover. Tasik Kenyir or Kenyir Lake got her name from one of the former main river here ,known as Kenyir River but now the river is beneath the lake when Kenyir Lake was filled by the surrounding river and especially the large rainfall during the monsoon.
Here you will find about 340 islands where some of them are as big and bigger that Singapore. This islans were created when the hilly region area was flooded most of the hill were above the water level thus creating the 340 islands which is the peak of the hill that survive the flooding during the dam first and early monsoon season..
The rain forest that cradle the area bestow the lake with an astounding and incredible assortment of flora and fauna including rare ferns, exotic orchids , hornbills, many herd of elephants and panthers. From the last research Kenyir which is surrounded by a lush tropical jungle, are home for more that 8,000 species of flower , 2,500 species of plant and trees.800 species of orchid and 300 species of fungi.380 species of birds and more than 200 species of animal.
The lake are fed by 30 rivers with 24 waterfall. Kenyir Lake has a wide variety of fresh water fish such as Baung, lampan and many large size Game fish like Tapah, Toman (snake head Fish) ,ketutu, sebarau, thus making the Kenyir Lake a popular and ideal retreat for nature lovers, anglers, photo enthusiasts and fun seekers. Here beside angling you can go for swimming, canoeing, boating and jungle trekking.
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Cruising along Tasik Kenyir One of the many waterfall at Kenyir
There are many interesting Place in Tasik Kenyir and to get there your first stop will be at Pengkalan Gawi,the Gawi jetty serves as the main gateway to Kenyir Lake and there are also the Tourist Information Center located here for the conveniences of tourist. Here there are many boat that any transfers by boat can be made available to the resorts, chalets and lodges located at various parts of the lake. With the current and growing number of tourists to Kenyir Lake, the state Gov had plans and are afoot for another gateway like , the nearby Pengkalan Utama which will be equipped with bigger and better facilities.
Beside being the gateway to Kenyir lake.Pengkalan Gawi is also the nearest access point to Taman Negara. Should you decide to go to the Natinal park, it is best to remind you that like all National Park in the world, the area here are forbidden to any trespasse. The warden here are VERY strict .There was a stories that I heard from my friend three year ago when I visit the Kenyir. It about a minister who brought a group of reporter to promote the national park but was kick out by the park warden for trespassing and not first obtaining a permit from the Wildlife Department office. There are one Tourist Information Center and Wildlife Departmen office in every entrance to the park including next to Pengkalan Gawi. that can provide you with permit .
So please remember to obtain a permit from the Wildlife Department at the Tourist Information Center at Gawi jetty if you are heading to Taman Negara by Kenyir first, before u journey to the Taman Negara .The Tourist Information Center at Gawi jetty are opened from 9.00am - 5.00pm from Saturday to Wednesday, while 9.00am to 1.00pm from Thursday to Friday.
Popular Destination in Tasik Kenyir
GUA BEWAH or BEWAH CAVE
Bewah Cave is located in the towering limestone hills, the caves which provides spectacular sigh of towering limestone and stalactites and stalagmites. The Bewah cave are also know as Gua Tahi Kelawar (Cave of Bat Droppings) as the chamber of the cave is home to thousand of bats roosting upside down on the ceiling. This is one of the caves where many artefact was uncovered by a group of archaeologists in 1956 and 1970’s. the many artefacts that was found were kitchen utensil, axes and tools dating back in Neolithic era. Thus during that era this place was known as and been listed as a centre of civilisation .The best way to visit the cave is trough Ping Anchorage Tour Package by houseboat as the provide the best service to many guest for more info you can visit www.kenyirlake.com
Bewah Cave Taat Cave entrance
Inside this cave, an extraordinary sigh of stalactites and stalagmites wait the explorer. It also holds many secret of the past and further excavations are now being planned to unravel its mysteries and secret. like Bewah Cave, the cave its self are located in a towering limestone caves that are abound with mysteries as this the site where archaeologists and historians from the state museum have uncovered many artefacts that dated to the Neolithic era. Both Bewah and Taat caves lie within Taman Negara. Therefore permits have to be bought in order to enter the Park .For more info you can visit www.kenyirlake.com
Waterfall in Kenyir.
There are about 24 waterfall around Tasik Kenyir. Among the 12 most beautiful waterfall here ,Lasir waterfall and Tembat Waterfall are the most popular as they are easily accessible by boat and have many camping site that are prepared with needed amenities.
Enchanting Lasir Waterfall
The 150 meter high Lasir Waterfall is one of the many spectacular waterfalls within Lake Kenyir. drops gracefully into multi-tiered levels of boulders forming sprays of water. Ponds of water can be found at each of the 5 levels. The waterfall its self are well shade by the surrounding forest tress that offers an enjoyable and cold refreshing bath here.There are a large flat area here is perfect for camping site. Here you can find a hiking trail leading to the top.
Tembat WaterfallsLocated at the Tembat River,The 60 foot waterfall is beautifully amazing that you can be enchanted by its flowing water and its sound that calmly flow and cascade trough the ridge and many boulder into a big lagoon. The waterfall itself is a wonderful place for a swimming and picnic. For the most adventure type you can always rent a camping gear and camp here as there is camping sites by the fall which can be accommodate the large number of people that came here everyday. You must first inform the Tourist center first if you wish to camp at any where in Kenyir Park .You can rent a boat from the many operator at the Pengkalan Gawi or through you chalet. The 50 minutes boat ride will lead you to many trail along the river that will magnificent you with its clean water and air.
There are actually more destination in Kenyi. The Information that can be obtained about tasik kenyir is from www.kenyirlake.com which is run by the most well know travel agencies in Malaysia.
Ping Anchorage , Malaysia Best Tour Operator (Inbound) & Malaysia Best Tour Operator (Domestic) 2005 and who also won two award in 2004’s Malaysia Tourism Awards
National Park Tasik Kenyir