The Klang Valley has become so accessible over the years, all thanks to highway developments and various public transportations, and in spite of it being associated with skyscrapers and urban living, it also holds its fair share of breathtaking nature places.
Here’s a list of underrated yet MUST VISIT green destinations within the Klang Valley that are so worthwhile, you’d be visiting it almost every weekend!
Lata Medang Waterfall
A hike up Lata Medang is very much suitable for beginners. The terrain is nothing too strenuous with most of it being relatively flat until you near the peak where the land gets steeper.
You will come across various smaller waterfalls as you make your 2-hour hike to peak from your starting point, where the main attraction awaits – the Lata Medang Waterfall.
For those who enjoy the thrill of camping, there is a campsite at the foot of the hill before you proceed with your jungle trekking and another located further up the trail.
*RM1 per person will incur.
How to get to Lata Medang?
- Drive along Lebuhraya Utara – Selatan and take Exit 118 – Bukit Beruntung after the toll.
- At the traffic light, turn right at Route 3208.
- Follow the signs until you reach Persiaran Kuala Kali.
Lepoh Waterfall is relatively small but nevertheless offers an awe-filled ambience in its cold and refreshing cascading waters and rock formations.
It is also a relatively easy adventure with bridges, cemented walkways and seasoned trails to follow – not to mention the signs that guide you throughout your approximate 2-hour hike uphill.
As you make your way through the lush vegetation, you will come across large rock formations in the middle of a rapid stream, a durian orchard, a bamboo forest and a rubber estate. There will also be a huge unused pipe and a dilapidated hut on your way up to the waterfall as well. If you’re lucky you might catch sight of gibbons as they swing from branch to branch in the jungle canopy.
* RM5 charges for parking and you will need to fill in your details before proceeding on your hike.
How to get to Lepoh Waterfalls?
- Drive along Lebuhraya Sungai Besi (E9) and exit at Jalan Pandan Utama.
- Follow the sign to Jalan Hulu Langat (B62) and later B52 before exiting to Jalan Kuala Pansoon.
- Carry on straight and follow the signs leading towards Asli Adventure Base Camp and you will reach your destination.
Kepong Metropolitan Park
Kepong Metropolitan Park holds oodles of facilities amidst a tranquillizing atmosphere, a perfect location for a fruitful family outing over the weekend.
This 95 hectares park holds not only playgrounds but also jogging tracks, cycling track and many reflexology facilities for those interested in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. There is also a huge lake that adds to the natural atmosphere as well. Visitors will also find a boathouse and an observatory tower which helps view the park from a whole other angle (and maybe snap some Instaworthy photos too!)
During favourable weather conditions, the park’s blue skies turn vibrant as kites with varying shapes and size dance to the wind, making it a haven for kite flying enthusiasts. In fact, the park has allocated a vast open space solely for kite flying. You can also purchase a kite inside the park and fly it if you happen to leave yours at home.
The park is open from 6am to 8pm, so you won’t want to miss the scenic sunset by the lake as well – truly breathtaking sight and a fitting way to end a long day.
How to get to Kepong Metropolitan Park?
- Take Jalan Lingkaran Tengah 2 and exit on the left when you see the sign of Kepong/Bandar Baru Selayang/Inst. Penyelidikan Perhutanan Malaysia (FRIM).
- Your destination should be before FRIM.
Kanching Eco-Forest Park
Sitting just 30km from 1 Utama Shopping Centre is Kanching Eco-Forest Park (formerly known as Kanching Recreational Forest) which covers nearly 500 hectares within Rawang.
Your journey uphill should take about 1 hour from the starting point to the 7th waterfall at the peak. The first 4 levels are relatively easy to hike with cemented walkways that pave the way but progressively becomes tougher. Nevertheless, hiking the hill would not require high levels of fitness to get to the top.
The park is well equipped with many amenities such as huts, picnic gazebos (near the 2nd and 3rd waterfall) and food stalls as well as the basic changing rooms and restrooms.
Though the majority of the visitors do not progress further than the 3rd waterfall, there are directions that guide visitors who intend to explore further.
Below are the rates for Kanching Eco-Forest Park:
Open Field with Astaka
How to get to Kanching Eco-Forest Park?
- Head towards Rawang taking Lebuhraya Sultan Iskandar and take the exit leading to Ipoh (Route 1).
- Carry on Route 1 and proceed along Jalan Kuching before turning out to Jalan Rawang.
- After about 19km make a u-turn and take the first left into Persiaran Bukit Takun and later left into Persiaran Bukit Takun 1 at the end of the road.
- Follow the road and you will reach your destination.
Kota Damansara Community Forest Reserve
Initially gazetted in 2010 to make way for a more recreational and educational purpose, the Kota Damansara Community Forest Reserve covers 320 hectares of nothing but greenery.
It has 7 interconnected routes (Petaling Trail, Scout’s Trail, Temuan Trail, Sahabat Trail, Unity Trail, Harmoni Trail and Aunty Sipew’s Garden), all with different distances and difficulty but taking approximately 1 hour to reach the peak. Regardless of the route chosen, there will be signages that will guide you throughout your hike to the peak.
As you approach the top, there will be a split which would lead you to 2 viewpoints – Denai Tiga Puteri (Petaling Jaya view) and Unity Peak (Bandar Sri Damansara view), both offering a picturesque sight of the urban landscape in the distance.
Though this location is famous for hiking, visitors can also cycle around if they so wish.
How to get to Kota Damansara Community Forest Reserve?
- Travel along Lebuhraya Damansara – Puchong to Persiaran Surian before taking a right into Persiaran Bidara.
- Take a right into Persiaran Mahogani at the traffic light after the train station and later exit at Persiaran Bidara after about 2.5km.
- Follow the road and you will reach your destination.
One thing to note, it’s best to begin your adventures as soon as the first light to avoid a cluttered venue and fully embrace the relaxing and refreshing atmosphere. You might also want to pack some food, a water bottle, extra clothes and anything deemed necessary as well.
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