Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve

Bukit Nanas
Bukit Nanas

It is not a secret that Kuala Lumpur is a busy city and that the attention of so many people visiting the place is focused on the impressive cityscape created by towering buildings of offices, malls and hotels in Kuala Lumpur. But, being so does not mean it has no environmental beauty to offer, for serving as a great escape and an oasis to those who wish to find serenity amid the thousand skyscrapers around is the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve.

Known as one of the oldest forest reserves in Malaysia, the only tropical rainforest in the middle of a metropolitan; and as the green lung of Kuala Lumpur, the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve gives home to different kinds of flora and fauna, with some being distinct in Malaysia. Around the 10.5 hectare land, rare kinds of herbs, ferns and climbers can be found. There are also giant trees standing majestically everywhere. This includes the 100 year old Jelutong Tree which was actually preserved during the construction of the Kuala Lumpur Tower. As for the fauna, people may get to see local monkeys, squirrels, snakes and birds in the jungle.

For the ease of visitors, there are also nature trails, signs, huts and toilets around the area.

The Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, aside from being a nature site, is also a place where modernity exists. Aside from the floras and faunas it gives home to, it is also where the iconic Tower is situated.

Indeed, the Tower (Menara Kuala Lumpur) is one of the greatest icons of Kuala Lumpur. Constructed in 1995, it is a 420 metre communication tower which magnificently stands atop the hill of Bukit Nanas. It is the second tallest free-standing tower and the sixth tallest communication in the world, and is one of the best places to visit in Kuala Lumpur.

The Tower is basically built with five divisions. The first is the foundation, which has three basement floors for safety and maintenance. The second, tourism building, is obviously the place where most tourism activities take place. It has the administration office, a mall and some cascading pools. The third division is the tower shaft which has four elevators and a 2,058 step flight of stairs leading to the tower head, the fourth division. In it is an observation deck in which a glorious panoramic view of the city can be obtained. There is also a revolving restaurant on this floor. The last division (and the peak of the tower) is the antenna, which is used for broadcasting and telecommunication transmissions.

The Islamic heritage of Malaysia is depicted in the tower, due to its Arabic scripts and Islamic tiles.

The Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve is open to everybody and it does not matter if the tourist is staying in cheap hotels in Kuala Lumpur.