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Perlis Tourist Attraction

 

Perils has a history dating back to 1800. The northern gateway to Malaysia, it is flanked by Kedah in the south and Thailand in the north. It covers 795 sq km and features a sprawling countryside characterized by paddy plains and Interspersed with rustic villages, limestone outcrops and serene lakes.

 

Multiracial and blessed with numerous natural attraction, it lays claim to the country's only semi-deciduous forest and fascinating caves. Visits to fruit fams and plantations are not to be missed as mango, grape, sugar cane and paddy thrive on the fertile Perils soil. Sample a pace of life that is unhurried in Kangar, the state capital. Here, you will find historical buildings such as the 97 year-old Syed Alwen Mosque. Close by is Arau, the royal town.

 

Perlis State Park

Wang Kelian

 

Come experience 'autumn' in the tropics. This 5,000-hectara White Meranti-Gerutu Seasonal Forest is semi-deciduous - it sheds its leave during the long dry season, and is the only one of its kind in the country. A combination of the Mata Ayer and Wang Mu permanent forest reserves, it is located along the state's western border and straddles the Nakawan Range. The state's section of the range is not only the longest continuous range of limestone hills in the country but also part of the 500 million years old Setul formation. Also known as the Peral of Perlis, it has caves of different sizes and levels of difficulty.

Must to:

  • Day and night trekking along the Prince of Denmark and Rainforest trails

  • Explore the labyrinthine routes of the Wang Burma Cave

  • Bird watching, jungle trekking and camping in the park

~ The park shelters animals such as panthers, hornbills, mountain goats and is the only place in Malaysia where the rare Stump-tailed macaque can be found.

 

Gua Kelam Recreational Park

Kaki Bukit

 

Gua Kelam or the Cave of Darkness is not only filled with interesting limestone formations such as flowstones, straws, gour pools and fossils but also cave dwelling bats. The hanging bridge that leads through this 370-metre cave used to be a means of transporting ore and other supplies to the tin mine at Wang Tangga. It was also the main access route for villagers staying in the remote Kampung Kelian.

You can still find traces of storage and cooking areas belonging to the tin mining era at the shady landscaped park just outside the cave. This tranquil green lung is ideal for camps, picnics, walks and bird watching. Not far away is Gua Kelam II, the longest cave system in Peninsular Malaysia. This recreational park is located in the Kaki Bukit town.

Opening Hours: 9.00am - 6.00pm

 

Rimba Herba

Bukit Air

 

Tongkat ali, Kacipp Fatimah, cekor mengkudu, Selasih and kayu manis are among the plants species that flourish in the distinct wet and dry seasons in Perlis. They are grown semi-wild with over 1,000 plants of local and foreign origins in this verdant 12-hectare herbal garden. don't miss the informative guided tour. The guide will take you around the garden pointing out plants with medicinal and culinary properties. You may sample or purchase herbal drinks after the tour. The Bukit Air Recreational Park is within a stone's throw from here.

Opening Hour: 8.00am - 5.00pm

 

Snake and Reptile Farm

Sungai Batu Pahat

 

The Snake and Reptile Farm was formerly a research facility set up by the Institute for Medical Research in 1981 to study snakes and to develop antivenom for snakebites. Pythons, cobras and pit vipers are among the 20 local and foreign snake species, both poisonous and non-poisonous, found at the farm. You can request to have your picture take with one of the pythons. Definitely a memorable experience! The farm also houses crocodiles, tortoises, iguanas, monitor lizards and macaques.

Opening Hours: 9.00am - 5.00pm

 

Kota Kayang Museum

Kuala Perlis

 

Learn about the history of perlis at the Kota Kayang Museum. Start you tour at the display section and pore over archaeological relics and historical artefacts like royal regalia, Neolithic stone tools, document replicas, royal genealogical charts, weapons, brassware and coins. After that, explore the museum grounds where once stood the ancient Indera Kayangan Fort, a place and ceremonial hall. The limestone hills that form a beautiful backdrop to the museum once acted as a barrier against enemy attacks while the canal within it allowed boat passages between the fort, Kuala Perlis and Alor setar.

Opening Hours: 9.00am - 5.00pm

 

Galeri Diraja

Arau

 

The elegant Galeri Diraja is located next to Istana Arau, the royal place. It showcases and impressive collection of royal regalia, portraits, ceremonial court items, ancient weapons and state gifts belonging to the royalty. Among the, is the Kiawah, the black cloth that covers the Kasbah. A Part of it was presented to Al - Marhum Tuanku Syed Putra Ibni Al - Marhum Syed Hassan Jamalullal by King Faisal bin Abdul Aziz Al - Saud, the third king of Saudi Arabia, during his visit to mecca in 1965 (Please otain written permission from the gallery management before you visit).

 

Wang Kelian Sunday Market

Wang Kelian

 

Shop for handicrafts, food, fruits, clothing, Kitchen and farm equilpment equipment in this this buzzing market at the Malaysia-Thailand border. You can visit the market without the use of passports if you remain within without the use of passports if you remain within the market area, where a duty-free outlet is also available. A trip here entails a scenic drive through the picturesque countryside. Make a stop at the viewing point and take in the view if you have time to spare.

 

Harumanis and Grape Plantation

Sungai Batu Pahat

 

The 65-hectare Bukit Bintang Agriculture Centre is famous for the harumanis mango, a variety that is much sought after for its fragrant, sweet and thick succulent flesh. Other varieties available here include mas indera, mas muda chok anan and slal mangoes. The mangoes are harvested between April and June.

Also not-to-be-missed is the vineyards where grapes of the IAC, Black Opal, Loose Perlette, Black Queen and New White Malaga varieties. Learn about the fruits as you stroll through the plantations, observing the grading and packing processes.

Must do:

  • Savour harumanis mangrove with pulut (glutinous rice) and sweetened coconut milk

  • Pick your own grapes and mangoes

Opening Hours: 10.00am - 6.00pm

 

Padang Besar

 

Padnag Besar is a popular shopping destination. This laidback and quaint border town draws bargain hunters with the two-story Pahang Besar Arcade and the duty-free Emas Kerajang Complex. The arcade is where you'll find reasonably priced clothing, handicrafts, household items and food products, while the complex is where you can stock up on duty-free items ranging from imported to chocolates, perfumes, cigarettes, liquor to souvenir items.

Opening Hours: 9.00am - 6.00pm

 

There's Much More in Perlis

The attractions in Perlis are spread throughout state and are easily accessible by road. Make a trip to the countryside and experience the pastoral charm as well as the relaxing atmosphere.

Bintong

  • Homestay Kampung Ujung Bukit

Sungai Batu Pahat

  • Bukit Ayer Recreational Park

  • Putra Golf Club

  • Equestrian club

Kuala Perlis

  • Kuala Perlis

  • Masjid Al-Hussain

  • Kota Kayang Museum

  • Handycraft Complex

  • Laman Brasmana (Food Court)

  • Kompleks Makanan Laut (KOMALAUT)

Beseri

  • Lake Melati

  • Pusat Agro Pelancongan Bukit Temiang

Kuala Sangland

  • Ladang Nipah Kipli

 

Shopping & Dining

 

Shopping

Enjoy value-for-money shopping at this northernmost state. Head for the duty-free complexes at the border and select from a wide variety of perfumes, confectionery, cigarettes, liquor, clothing, cookware and dinnerware. You can also make trip to the famer's markets and night markets found throughout the state.

Popular shopping spots:

  • Emas Kerajang Complex

  • Padang Besar Arcade

  • Pasar Tani / farmer's market and night markets statewide

  • Wang Kelian Sunday Market

Dining

A huge array of northern delicacies awaits adventurous foodies. Choose from a delicious spread of flavoursome rice dishes, dishes, noodle soups, traditional salads and fresh seafood. Tasty and affordable, you can find them at the numerous hotels, restaurants, coffee shops and food stalls in Perlis. Those fringing the coastline also offer superb views.

Authentic local favourites:

Laksa Perlis

Don't leave Perils without trying laksa perlis, one of state's specialities. A combination of rice noodles and fish gravy topped with boiled egg, cucumber, onion and herbs, this dish is savoury as it is spicy. It is some times complemented by pulut udang, a glutinous rice snack with prawn filling.

Grilled Catfish

An enticing smoky aroma accompanies the succlent flesh of the catfish. Dipped in a made from tamarind, chilli and sugar, it is eaten with rice and herd salad.

Seafood

the coastal town of Kuala Perlis is famous for seafood fresh from the sea. The seafood eateries come to live at night, serving mouth-watering lobster, fish, crab, prawn, cockle, octopus and squid dishes that are cooked in a variety of styles.

 

Transportation

 

Perlis is the country's northern gateway and shares a border with Thailand. It is connected by a comprehensive road and railway network and is accessible via air and sea.

Getting Here

By Air

kangar is a 45 minute's drive from the Sultan Abdul Halim Airport in Kepala Batas, Kedah, Flights to and from Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Johor Bahru are available at the airport. From there, you can take taxis and buses to Perlis.

By Road

Driving it Perlis is convenient as it is accessible via the North-South Highway. You can also take a bus or taxi from Johor, Terengganu, Kelantan, Melaka, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Kedah. Bus to other state depart from both the Kangsar and Perlis bus stations.

By Sea

Hourly ferry services between Langkawi and Kuala Perlis are available from 6.00am to 7.00pm. Tickets for the one-hour journey can be purchased at the ferry terminals in Langkawi and Kuala Perlis.

By Rail

Keretapi Tanah melayu Berhad (KTMB) or Malayan Railways operates trains services from Kuala Lumpur, Alor Setar, Haadyai and Singapore to Arau and Padang Besar.

Getting Around

The Kangar Bus Station at Jalan Bukit Lagi also offers regular shuttle services to Kngsar, Padang Besar, Arau, Kuala Perlis, Puahm alor setar, Jitra, Kodiang, Simpang Empar, Padang Melangit, Chuping and Kaki Bukit. Another convenient and affordable way to get around Perlis is by taxi.

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