Banding Island is a 243-hectare man made island encircled by the Temengor Lake. It is in fact a 130 million year old rain forest before it was turned into an island when its lower area was surrounded by a man-made lake created in the late 1960.
Banding Island is equipped with a jetty and also host a luxurious resort. It is also connected to the land by the bridges from the west and east side. It is an ideal base for exploring Temenggor Lake and the Royal Belum Rainforest. The island itself is fairly small, however it is rich with an incredible diversity of life. It is definitely one of the most beautiful areas in Malaysia.
Banding Island is also a home to The Pulau Banding Rainforest Research Center (PBRRC). The center is committed to facilitate scientists and researchers in their quest to study the flora and fauna as well as the terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems of the Belum-Temengor Rainforest. The research center also serves as a knowledge-hub to visitors and tourists.
The place is open any time of the day. However, if one wish to go the by the boat, they need to refer to the boat operator’s operating hours.
There is no entrance fee to enter the island.
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If you are looking for a change from the hustle and bustle of Orchard Road, I would recommend a short holiday in Banding Island. The road signs are excellent, and if you drive, it should not be a problem getting there.
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It is said that there used to be people who lived in those valleys and they were naturally evacuated. However, there was not enough time to evacuate all their belongings and machinery, so we do actually have a kind of a “lost world of atlantis” thingie going on under the lake….
Temenggor Lake is a lake in Hulu Perak District, Perak, Malaysia. It is the second largest lake in Peninsula Malaysia. This lake is a man-made lake. It was created after the construction of Temenggor Dam to generate electric power. The lake is located at the heart of the Belum Forest.
The Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve is Peninsular Malaysia’s largest mangrove forest. It was designated as a Permanent Forest Reserve in 1906. It consists of the Bakau Minyak and Bakau Kurap species.
Royal Belum State Park or known as the Crowning Glory of the Peninsula is the largest state park in Peninsular Malaysia. The forest is believed to have existed since 130 million years ago, making it one of oldest rain forests in the world.