Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Lake Kenyir (Tasik Kenyir)

Situated 55km inland of  Kuala Terengganu, Lake Kenyir (Tasik Kenyir) is the largest man made lake in Southeast Asia covering an area of 260,000 hectares. It is also Malaysia's largest hydroelectric dam.

Surrounded by tropical rainforest in Terengganu, Lake Kenyir is a rich assortment of flora and fauna including rare ferns, orchids, hornbills, owls, elephants and  panthers. It is a nature lovers paradise as there is more than 8,000 species of flowers, 2,500 species of plants and trees aswell as 800 species of orchids.

There is  more than 14 waterfalls, rapids and rivers and about 340 islands which are once actually mountain tops before the completion of the hydroelectric dam.

Large Arapaima fish (Ikan naga) caught in Lake Kenyir
There are many activities one can do here such as fishing, bird and wild life watching, jungle trekking, canoeing or simply enjoy the peace and quiet in the beautiful surrounding. If you love fishing then Lake Kenyir is a home to hundreds of species of freshwater fishes such as Toman, Kelah, Baung, Kelisa and Lampam. It's an anglers paradise and you can even ask the restaurants  to cook the fish you've caught. Accomodation is not a problem, as there are resorts, chalets on the islands as well as houseboats and floating resorts for you to choose from.

So if you're in for an adventure, be sure to visit Lake Kenyir for fun filled time in the beauty of nature.

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