Strolling and Sightseeing the Green Side of Putrajaya
With an area of 49km2, it is no wonder that Putrajaya, a planned city located 25km south of Kuala Lumpur deserves the rights to serve as the federal administrative center of Malaysia. Putrajaya, the third Federal Territory of Malaysia is a state proud of its beautiful buildings and monuments.
However, it is not only impressive architecture that Putrajaya has to boast to the world. The greenery and parks are kept well and is a delight to the eyes, in comparison to the stark contrast of tall, smooth-stoned buildings.
I live in Kajang, only 15-20 minutes drive to Putrajaya but I am ashamed to say that I have never visited any of the parks in Putrajaya until recently. There are many parks in Putrajaya though and I’ve only managed to visit the ones below. I hope to go to the other parks soon.
Agriculture Heritage Park (Taman Warisan Pertanian)
Located at Putrajaya’s Precint 16, there are a variety of tropical fruit trees, rubber trees, herbs and spices, palm tree, cocoa, coffee and many other commercial crops available at Putrajaya Agriculture Heritage Park or Taman Warisan Pertanian.
Upon entering the park, there is an information counter and some brochures to look at to. Climbing up the stairs, there is an open food court to your right where you can find many types of food for lunch or dinner. I was there in the morning so there weren’t many patrons at the time, however, I was told that it is packed during lunch hour.
There are more stairs to climb to get to the agriculture park. But first, you’ll need to purchase the entrance ticket.
You have a choice of walking around the park yourself, hire a guide or take a buggy ride.
If you choose to hire a guide, you will learn about the properties of the fruits, herbs and spices, trees and plants here. You will not however, be allowed to pick the fruits. There is also a section at the rubber tree grove where you can see how the rubber is dried and the machines used to do it. There are mangles on display which is used to squeeze raw latex into sheets of rubber.
To get here :
Address: 7, Jalan P16, Presint 16, 62150 Putrajaya. Phone: +603 - 8887 7772 Charges: Admission to Orchard is RM2 (adults and children above 12), FREE for children under 12 and students with ID or school uniform, Buggy costs RM4 (per head), RM3 (student), whole Buggy is RM20 (6 seater), RM25 (8 seater). Operation hours: Daily from 8.30am - 5.30pm, Closed for Friday prayers between 12.15pm - 2.45pm.
Wetlands Park (Taman Wetland)
The Putrajaya Wetlands Park or Taman Wetland is Malaysia’s first man-made wetland. It is divided into two parts – the Lake Recreational Centre and the Nature Interpretive Centre (NIC).
The Lake Recreational Centre is where you can do water activities such as canoeing, paddle boat, electric boat, cruise around the lake, there’s also bicycle to cycle around and fishing. There are many little islands around the lake but you can’t get on the little islands. It is a very peaceful place to be at, in my opinion, especially because there weren’t many people when I was there. The weather can be slightly hot at noon, so make sure you bring some sunscreen, sunglasses and hat for your activities.
The Nature Interpretive Centre (NIC) however, is where you can learn about how and why the Wetland was built. There is a lookout tower where you can view the wetland from afar, where the water that flows from Sungai Chua and two more rivers are filtered with the help of nature.
About 70 different types of aquatic plants gathered from different spots in Malaysia are planted in 24 cells in order to serve as a natural water filtration system. Without it, the water will not be safe to touch, let alone drink. The wetlands is also not only used to absorb waste but also to mitigate flood.
At the NIC, you will be able to see a smaller module of how the filtration system works, 3D images, audio visual, interactive displays and an auditorium with 240o screen.
To get here :
Address: Presint 13, 62300 Putrajaya, Malaysia. Phone: +603 - 88877774 Charges: FREE (for now) Operation Hours: Tuesdays to Fridays: 9am – 5pm (closed for Friday prayers from 12.15pm – 2.45pm), Saturdays, Sundays, Public & School holidays: 8.30am – 5.30pm
Challenge Park (Taman Cabaran)
Located at Putrajaya Precint 5, the Putrajaya Challenge Park or Taman Cabaran is a place for rock climbing enthusiasts with the largest indoor rock wall climbing complex in South East Asia. There’s also Skate Park and Thrill Park and Mountain Bike Trails outside of the complex.
The rock climbing facilities caters for rock climbers of all ages and levels. There are 6 levels available here such as:
- Zone A Expert Bouldering Wall
- Zone B Beginners Bouldering Wall
- Zone C Expert Lead Wall
- Zone D Top Roping Wall
- Zone E Speed Climbing Wall
- Zone F Intermediate Lead Wall
The complex is housed in a 2,100 sq ft gym with the highest wall measured at 20 meters.
Children below the age of 10 are not allowed to climb these walls, however there’s a children rock climbing room at a separate room on the upper floor for children.
I’ve never done rock climbing seriously, except for a few playful tries so I wouldn’t be able to compare how good the facilities here are, however, from the looks of it, the place is quite impressive. I was at the park on a week day, in the afternoon, so there were not many visitors there.
You can rent the equipment there if you do not have your own. Prices for equipment rental are reasonable, and some people who come with groups tend to share the equipments. Equipment rental per session (3 hours) are as below:
- Climbing Rope RM15
- Harness RM 5
- Climbing Shoes RM 7
- Chalk Bag RM 3
- Belay Device RM 4
To get there :
Address: Jalan P5, Presint 5, Putrajaya, Phone: +60 16-621 8463 Charges: RM6 (Adults) and RM 3 (Students) Operation Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday, 10am-8pm. Wednesday, Friday & Saturday, 10am-10pm. Friday closed from 12.30pm-3pm.
The Putrajaya Skate Park & Thrill Park and Mountain Bike Trail is open daily and admission is free.