Cameron highlands, situated in the north-western corner of the state
of Pahang is one of the eleven districts in the state of Pahang,
Malaysia. It is located at approximately 4°30'N, 101°30'E
and at an altitude of 1,829meters. The population of Cameron Highlands
ia approximately 30,000. Cameron Highlands is the largest and most
genteel of the hill resorts in Malaysia. The temperate climate of
the Cameron Highlands has made it Malaysia's 'Green Bowl,' supplying
cabbages, tomatoes, carrots, green peppers and lettuce to major
cities in Malaysia. Tea and strawberries are also grown on the terraced
slopes of the Cameron Highlands. A good place to get away from the
tropical heat. With a temperature range of between 10 and 23°C
and not a great deal of humidity.
Much of the character of the Cameron Highlands has remained unchanged
since colonial times, and in many ways it is at hill stations like
the Cameron Highlands that British residents most determinedly recreated
an idyllic English Countryside’s environment. Tudor inns and
rose gardens are the most visible reminders of English colonials.
The primary activities in the Cameron Highlands are all emphatically
relaxing, touring, dining, shopping, and golfing. Among the most
popular sights are the area's tea plantations and strawberry farms,
its lovely rose gardens and waterfalls, and the busy market square
at Brinchang. The highland's 18-hole, par-71 golf course is open
to the public.
Cameron Highlands is about 3½ hour drive from Kuala Lumpur.
The cool and fresh air on the highlands offers an attractive retreat
for city dwellers, and other visitors.
Cameron Highlands is famous for its tea plantation, such as the
Bharat Tea Estate, Boh Tea Plantation, Vegetable Farm, Sungai Palas
Tea Estate, and Fruit Farms. The hills here are fertile, and perfect
for plantations. Mountain hiking is one of the enjoyable activities.
Each part of the highlands combines individual charm and attractions,
for a memorable holiday.
HISTORY OF CAMERON HIGHLAND
It was in 1885 that a government surveyor named William Cameron
who stumbled upon this mossy plateau whilst surveying the mountain
range. Cameron described this find as ‘a fine plateau with
gentle slopes, shut in by lofty mountains’. However, he apparently
mentioned little else about his discovery and it wasn’t until
the 1920’s that the plateau was finally and officially placed
on the map. Soon after the clearing of the forests began, tea planters
came and claimed lands for their plantations. Cameron highlands
was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1962.
Camerons sits on an altitude of between 4875feet(1609m) and 5850feet(1930m).
Temperatures can drop to about 24ºC at night and it is not
uncommon to see log fireplaces in living rooms and even bedrooms
of cottages built during the colonial days.
Cameron Highlands today is a popular destination for local holidaymakers,
Singaporeans and people from all over the world. As a result of
the influx of visitors hotels, motels, resorts and service apartments
have mushroomed in recent years. Boh plantation serves up more than
65% of the Malaysian tea market and is the biggest local tea producer
with a total 8,000 acres of tea plantation in Palas, Farlie, Bukit
PLACES OF INTEREST
Butterfly Farm is nice to visit not so much for the butterflies
as the variety is limited but perhaps more for the other insects
such as the leaf insects, Rhinoceros beetles and even reptiles.
Next door is Butterfly Garden with almost the same display of insects
and reptiles but they have quite a collection of cactus on sale
in their shop.
Both places open from 9.00am to 6.00pm daily.
Gunung Brinchang, standing at 2031m, is the highest point accessible
by road on the Peninsular. It is 7km from the base of the turn off
from the road into Sungei Palas tea estate to the peak and is a
steep uphill climb.
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OTHER PLACES OF INTEREST
Other places of interest includes All Souls Church, Bertam Valley,
Bharat Tea Estate, Boh Teh Estate, Butterfly Garden, Cameron
Highlands Golf Club, Gold Dollar Tea Estate, Kea Farm, Mardi,
Parit Waterfall, Robinsons Waterfall, Rose Garden, Sg. Palas
Tea Estate, Strawberry Farm and Youland Flower Nursery
Cameron Highlands is home to the international-standard Strawberry
Park Resort, Lakehouse Resort. Other hotels and Resorts includes
Bala’s Holiday Chalets and Century Pines Hotels &
GETTING TO CAMERON HIGHLANDS
Exit the North-South highway at Exit 132 (Persimpangan Tapah),
approximately 143km from KL toll.(Toll rate: RM17.70). As you
exit from the toll, turn left at the traffic junction. Follow
the roadsigns. Tanah Rata is 59km from Tapah town. Driving up
to Cameron Highlands is a pleasure in itself, as many interesting
stops along the way can be made. From Tapah take Route 59. At
Batu 7, you can turn off right to take a short break at the
Kuala Woh Forest Recreation Park. There are picnic areas and
a hot spring. Further along Route 59, there is the majestic
Lata Iskandar waterfall. Refreshments are available at the waterfall,
making it a fine place to stretch your legs before completing
the journey to the peak.
It is not recommended to take the train to Cameron highland
and the North and South bound trains arrive at Tapah Station
at odd hours.
Regular Coaches are available from Komtar, Penang and Puduraya
Direct Taxi from Kuala Lumpur International Airport are available
to Cameron highland.
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