Penang Botanical Gardens

Attraction Jalan Air Terjun, Georgetown, Penang Island, Malaysia Published on: 01-07-2016

3 hours
05:00 AM - 08:00 PM
08:00 AM
11:00 AM
First-time visit
Attraction
Nature
Outdoor
Zoo
Must see
Kids
Free
0.00 USD

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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
The Botanic Gardens, also known as the Waterfalls Gardens is a well landscaped place that contains a huge variety of indigenous and exotic plant species.

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Why Penang Botanical Gardens is special ?

The Penang Botanic Gardens, more popularly known as "Waterfall Gardens", was established by the British way back in 1884 from an old granite quarry site. It lies in a deep valley, at the foot of 366 feet jungle clad hills, bound by evergreen tropical rain forests, divided by a cascading stream that meanders through a sprawling 29 hectares of prime and undulating grounds.
Its lush greenery and tranquil setting makes it a favorite park and a popular tourist attraction. It is Penang's unique natural heritage, being the only one of its kind in Malaysia. Besides, being a repository of flora & unique to the country and to the region, it serves as a "green lung" for Metropolitan Penang.

What to explore at Penang Botanical Gardens?

Walking around the Gardens, one cannot miss the Cannon Ball Tree (Couropita guanensis) and the large buttress roots of the Sengkuang Tree (Dracantamelon dao). Look out for the Pinang Palm (Areca catechu) that lent its name to the island of Penang, and the Black Lily (Tacca integrifalia) with its unique purplish-black coloured flowers. The endemic Slipper Orchid (Paphiopedilum barbatum) and the ginger, Geoctachys penangensis, can also be found here.

Look out also for the wildlife inhabiting the gardens. Commonly seen are the long-tailed Macaques, Dusky Leaf Monkeys, Black Giant Squirrels and a myriad of insects and butterflies. From afar, one could catch a view of the famous waterfall up on the hills above the reservoir.

Garden Tours

The gardens run guided tours for the public and for organized groups.

Plant Information Kiosk

Available at the Gardens office from 8.00am to 4.30pm on weekdays.

The Herbarium

The herbarium houses a collection of preserved, dried mounted specimens. it is open for botanicalenquiries of a professional nature. To use these scientific resources, a written request for permission is necessary.

 Landscaping, Sales & Rental of Plants

For landscaping and rental of plants, prior application must be made to the Director of the Penang Botanic Gardens. The Gardens also provide sale of plants to the public at reasonable prices.

 Plant Houses & Open Collections

Botanical expeditions carried out in the jungles of Penang Island and peninsular Malaysia resulted in the collection of numerous special species including rare species for conservation, cultivation and propagation purposes. These plants are showcased as collections in the Fern House, Palm Collection, Aroid Walkway, Orchidarium, Perdana Conservatory, Cactus House, Bromeliad and Begonia House, Herba Garden, Fern Rockery, Sun Rockery, and the Formal Garden.


Source: http://www.visitpenang.gov.my/ 

How to get to Penang Botanical Gardens?

Bus 10 from Georgetown is the only bus that takes you all the way to the gardens and stops in the large car park just outside the entrance.

Going back to Georgetown, you will have to leave the car park and walk down the road for a couple of minutes where the bus waits to go back to town.


Source: http://www.travel-penang-malaysia.com/

Selling points

  • “Nature at it's best”
  • "Monkey Gardens" of Penang”
  • “Tranquil and gorgeous”
  • “An adventurous start to the day”
  • “Best place for jogging”
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Duration
3.0 days
Estimated
141.13 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
22 places

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Jalan Air Terjun, Georgetown, Penang Island, Malaysia

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Tips for you

  • You can hire a taxi (approx RM15) or catch the No 7 bus from Komtar to the Botanical Gardens.
    Transportation
  • It is important to respect the plants and animals here. Please do not remove, damage, or intentionally disturb them.
    Safety
  • Do not eat as you walk - monkeys love food and are likely to snatch it from you.
    Safety
  • If you come across some on the path you are walking on, do not fear. Be calm, wait for someone else to come by before proceeding or turn around slowly and walk away. Do not look at them in the eye or intimidate them in any way.
    Safety
  • Keep the grounds clean at all times. Do not litter.
    Rule
  • Do not start fires.
    Rule
  • Appreciate nature without disturbing it with loud noises. Please also refrain from using any audio equipment.
    Rule
  • You are not allowed to feed the monkeys.
    Rule
  • The Penang Botanic Gardens (Taman Kebun Bunga) is a pleasant place to escape the heat of the busy city and enjoy walks or just relax in the tranquil gardens.
    Experience
  • You can get a copy of a map of all the walks in the gardens from the office, which is a couple of minutes walk from the entrance
    Things to do

Reviews

FourSquare View more

Great natural place for you to excerise. From jogging track, with hiking route both here and youth park to Penang Hill

TripAdvisor View more

take a slow walk thru these gardens early morning as it is cool.go see the orchids however watch out for those loveable monkeys there are many of them.a nice peaceful morning.

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A quiet, green enclave so close the city. Take a lazy stroll among the greenery.There is also a tram service that takes you on a quick tour of the gardens, however it is not very helpful as there is no commentary or guide to assist you.There are plenty of monkeys around, but do not provoke them as they can get quite violent.

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The gardens are quiet and very green. It was nice to spend an hour or so just walking around in pleasant surroundings. There are plenty of monkeys, they generally don't bother you, they just sit around grooming their genitals!There is a good variety of plants and flowers, monitor lizards here and there just doing their bit. I would say that it could be better as the flower houses were all closed and looked run down. The toilet facilities were pretty dire, but I did get to watch an intrepid monkey steal the toilet attendant's lunch.The gardens weren't quite as big as I expected either. It is just one big circuit. Still, it was nice to have a relaxing walk before the hustle and bustle of Georgetown.

TripAdvisor View more

The gardens are quiet and very green. It was nice to spend an hour or so just walking around in pleasant surroundings. There are plenty of monkeys, they generally don't bother you, they just sit around grooming their genitals! There is a good variety of plants and flowers, monitor lizards here and there just doing their bit. I would say that it could be better as the flower houses were all closed and looked run down. The toilet facilities were pretty dire, but I did get to watch an intrepid monkey steal the toilet attendant's lunch. The gardens weren't quite as big as I expected either. It is just one big circuit. Still, it was nice to have a relaxing walk before the hustle and bustle of Georgetown.

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