Cameron Highlands – A Botanical Paradise
It was the last day of the trip and I was done with my packing and ready to leave. Before that I thought I would spend some time enjoying the view from my room. I could see the mountain range over the wild blue yonder. The weather was extremely pleasant.
The farm terrace in the valley makes for an intriguing view.The previous day when we reached the hotel I saw some beautiful flowers in the garden of the hotel, so I skipped breakfast and decided to take a stroll and enjoy the landscape.
Fuchsia belongs to the group of flowering shrubs famous for their pendulous bell-shape flowers, usually in two contrasting colours. They were a common sight in Malaysia.
I just love purple flowers, and they were growing all around the garden.Purple flowers just added more colour to the beautiful landscape.Cameron Highlands is a botanical paradise so intricately made, we can only marvel at the Great Gardener who created this wild wonder.
It was raining flowers at CameronI was absolutely thrilled seeing the different varieties of flowers in the garden. And these were different from the ones I saw at the Flower nursery.
The landscape looked like an artist drawing unfathomable patterns on his canvas.Enchanting yellow flowers blending perfectly with the wonderful scenery.
It just keeps getting better.Purple, yellow, red, pink, there are so many colours and species to dazzle you and sweep you off your feet.
The universal flower of love grows in abundance in Cameron. It is popular for its rose gardens, and there were plenty of roses growing in the backyard of Hotel Equatorial. These were no ordinary roses, but big flowers with a lovely fragrance.
There plenty of activities to do in Cameron. Be it trekking or going to butterfly farms or visiting the aborigines – Orang Asli Village. However, my itinerary didn’t include visit to a local village, but I would have loved to. Their lifestyle, occupation, would be really interesting.
Decorative tree outside the HotelThe cool climate of Cameron also makes it a perfect place to grow tea. Before we headed to the airport, we made a quick stop at Cameron Bharat Tea Plantations or Cameron Valley Tea Plantations. It is owned and operated by the Bharat Group, the second largest tea producer in Malaysia. If the name Bharat conjures an image of the Indian subcontinent, then you are not far off. In fact this plantation company originates from India’s Uttar Pradesh region and they are present in Cameron Highlands since 1933.
Cameron is also Malaysia’s largest tea-producing region. The green rolling hills with the neat regular rows of tea plants was a splendid sight.The tour guide gave us just 15 minutes to go around the place. So I took a brisk walk around the tea estate. The leaves of this plant seemed like they were floating in the air.There is a narrow path to walk around the tea plantations.
Workers pulling out tea leaves. This reminded me of India’s tea center – Darjeeling.
Most tea trees can live for over a hundred years, provided the tea farming methods are done properly.There was a waterfall far away, probably the water source for the massive tea estate.
The walk was short but the view was majestic. Green hues spread over several acres of land and the blue skies made it picture perfect! There is a tea shop overlooking the plantation which provides an eye-catching view of the place. So after a walk one can always sit back, relax and have a cup of tea. I bought flavoured teas – Orange and Strawberry – which I am yet to taste. But I am sure it will be tasty.Orange flower blooming in the sun.After a visit to the tea plantations it was time to make one last stop near the waterfall, which is on the way on the outskirts of Cameron. I love waterfalls, especially to get drenched in it or sit underneath a fall and feel the water falling on your back with great force. Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to do that here. It was too short a visit.
It’s not a huge waterfall, but sitting close to it with my feet dipped in the cool water felt nice.Captured a butterfly close to the fall at the right time.A spider’s web close to the Fall with sun rays passing through it.One can also indulge in to shopping activity here with locals selling souvenirs, bags, showpieces and items made by the local tribe. I bought some interesting items and at a good bargain too. I purchased an Indonesian wooden hand bag, a blow pipe, this was a crazy piece. Blow Pipe is the traditional hunting weapon of the tribes – Orang Asli. Usually, they are made of bamboo and wood. The blow-pipe is actually made-up of two layers of bamboo. The inside layer had a diameter between 1 to 2 cm. The blowing point can be made of wood or the beak of a hornbill. The body of the blow-pipe is decorated with attractive designs. The ‘traditional bullets’ used together with the blow-pipe are soaked in poison extracted from either the ‘Ipoh Tree’. These tools are still being used especially by the Orang Asli living in remote areas.
After that we were on our way to Kuala Lumpur International Airport, which is around 2 hours away. We made a stop at a shopping center for a quick bite. We decided to have burgers, but KFC doesn’t prepare vegetrian burgers, so luckily Burger King came to my rescue. Within the center they had frames and pictures of Malaysia’s route to freedom. I found that quite patriotic, every one was revelling in the spirit of independence.We reached the airport, bid farewell and thanked the guide for being of such great help and loading us with vital information.The trip was wonderful. I had a great time seeing a new country, and am sure I want to come back here as there is lots more still to see. We had some time to kill at the Airport, while all of them decided to do some duty-free shopping, mind you, alcohol is the only thing cheap at the airport and the rest are a bit on the expensive side. I surfed the Internet in the mean time, it’s free surfing, and then it was time to board the plane.
I was looking forward to going home and meeting up with everyone and telling them about my great journey. From being part of a country’s independence day celebrations to some lovely sights in KL, Cameron and some adrenaline rush in Genting, it’s worth visiting Malaysia.
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