Tucked away serenely amidst the clouds at 1,829 meters above sea level is Pahang's premier hill resort, Cameron Highlands. First discovered by British surveyor, William Cameron in 1885, Cameron Highlands is regarded as the "Green Bowl" of the country, supplying its produce of cabbages, tomatoes, lettuces, and green peppers to major cities in Malaysia, as well as to Singapore. The cool and fresh air in the highlands offers an attractive retreat for city dwellers who want temporary respite from the noise and pollution of the city.
Verdant green hillsides planted with young tea plants greet you as you drive slowly up the meandering road to the three townships of Ringlet, Tanah Rata, and Brinchang. The fresh mountain air will reveal just how prestige this mountain top gateway is, especially for those who want to unwind and relax amongst the cool serenity of the highlands.
During the British colonial rule, the Highlands resembled England and was thus a favorite with the British. Old English country inns, chalets, and government rest-houses in the form of quaint bungalows still dot the rolling countryside. Moreover, the green terraced slopes and mist-covered mountain tops make it an ideal holiday resort. Since then, this hill station has developed into a favored getaway for honeymooners as the beauty and tranquility of this captivating plateau has cast its spell of enchantment over locals and visitors alike. Blue skies, clear streams, and a profusion of colorful flowers add to the splendor of this magnificent holiday site!
Getting there : By road, head north from Kuala Lumpur to Tapah, the main entry point to Cameron Highlands. Tapah is about 60 km drive from KL.
During the colonial era, British planters realized the potential of Cameron Highlands' fertile mountain slopes for growing tea. The cool, frost free climate of the hill also proved to be an ideal and excellent condition for the cultivation of tea. Here, tea plantations spread out as far as the eye can see. Tea from the Highlands has established a reputation for quality comparable to the best varieties around the world.
Tea cultivation is the main economic activity in Cameron Highlands. If you are an early riser, a visit to the tea plantation in the early morning will afford you a glimpse of young women walking between rows of tea bushes, picking the tender young tea leaves and throwing them into baskets strapped to their backs. A further visit to the tea factories will enhance your knowledge on the finer aspects of tea grading, blending tea, and the processing of tea. And, of course, not to mention enjoying a cup of freshly brewed tea, courtesy from the management.
Nature lovers will find the unspoiled natural beauty of this hill station simply irresistible! Naturalists will have a feast day identifying the variety of attractive flora and fauna. However, for the first time visitor, it is best to engage the services of a guide to escort you. Your guide may lead you to either Robinson Falls and Parit Falls, the two most popular waterfalls here. These falls are ideal for swimming and they make a lovely picnic spot.
Strawberries, once available only through imports, thrives extensively on this hill station. A visit to the strawberry park will entail visitors not only the opportunity to see how these highland strawberries are cultivated but also offers the opportunity purchase freshly picked strawberries with thick delicious cream at affordable prices.
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