Cameron Highlands: A weekend Getaway
Lush Hills, Few High rise building, fresh air and authentic Malay culture are a few of the traits of Cameron Highlands. Located around 200km away from Kuala Lumpur, Cameron Highlands is accessible by taking one of the tourist buses. The main port of disembarking is Tanah Rata in Cameron Highlands. You need to hire a taxi to cover up places nearby or join a tour.
We were on a short trip and hence stayed near kea farm.It gives you access to most of the tourist spot by foot.
Places to Visit
Blessed with many tourist spots, Cameron Island needs at least three to four days to be explored fully. Here are a few we covered in our 2-night stay.
Trekking (Gunung brinchang Trail 1)
Blessed with 14 trails, Cameron Highlands is one of the most sought-after destinations for Malaysians and Singaporeans for a short trip to the lap of nature. As much as I wished to cover up other trails, with limited time in hands we (I and my friends) went for Gunung Brinchang Trail.
The trail starts somewhere near North side of Brinchang Town. It is accessible to anyone who stays near kea farms.People staying in Tanah Rata need a short ride to the head of the trail.
Most of the trails don’t need a guide. However, some trails have limited signage and there is always a possibility of being lost. It is advisable to go in a group and download a map of the place.
It’s a good 1-hour walk through the jungle, all the way up to Gunung Brinchang watchtower. I found the trail much more interesting than the top view itself. The trail ends with the watchtower and you can either hitchhike your way back or walk all the way down.
Sungai Palas Tea Plantations
The end of Brinchang trail gives way to a tarmac road. It winds through the lush green tea plantation all the way back to Kea farms. Most of the tours combine the tea plantation with the mossy forest trail. It is free of cost and worth doing it by yourself; A treat for any photographer.
There is no entry fee for any of the tea plantation, so take your time and snap that perfect shot! The Only thing that will cost you a dime is the tea at one of the tea Houses and the shop where one can buy different varieties of tea.
Raju Hills Strawberry Farm
Opened from 8:30 am to 6 pm, Raju farm is one of the many blooming strawberry farms in Cameron Highlands. We choose this one as it falls right on our trail back to kea Farms and saves us a lot of time. The place is at a walking distance from Kea farm market
The strawberries are hydroponically grown You can buy them from one of their sales centres, just outside the breeding area.
It’s a small breeding farm with all kinds of Butterflies and some surprising elements (snakes and lizards). The farm is placed along the main road, close to kea market. Butterfly garden features a large enclosure erected along a hill slope that contains butterflies and live insects displayed in aquariums.
Open daily, tickets are MYR5 per adult and MYR2 for children. It can be a good add-on trip on your way back from Gunung Brinchang
This one is not on the tourist map. Since we reached our place by noon, and cannot go for a trek, we decided to give this place a visit. It’s a huge garden with fewer roses but more of other varieties.
The place has a good viewpoint and gives you a glimpse of what Cameron beholds
Place to Stay
The highlight of our trip!
What made our trip memorable, were not only the places we saw but the place we stayed in. We found this exquisite homestay on Airbnb and fell in love at first sight.
As far as I know, the owner of the house is an architect and came up with this idea of refurbishing this old home into an awesome homestay.
You can see the mark of his creativity in every part of the house. We were so impressed with the conceptualization of the house that we spent half of our day taking pictures around.
Cameron Highlands is a great place to relax your body and mind. If you are on a tight schedule and got few days in Malaysia, then try combining Kuala Lumpur with a short excursion to Cameron.