Malacca, although a small state, still has some adventures in nature to offer. Choose from recreational parks in rainforests to concept farms that display the latest technologies and methods of agriculture.
You can also visit the Crocodile Farm, Butterfly Park or Zoo to see some of Malaysia's unique wildlife.
Air Keroh Recreational Forest
Malacca's most famous recreational rainforest is a tranquil haven for wildlife and natural scenery. Covering an area of about 320 hectares, Ayer Keroh enables you to learn, as you walk through the trails, the marvellous diversity of plant life and animals that inhibit this range.
Other activities you can do here include jogging, biking and hiking besides the customary jungle treks. There are also tree houses in the area to give you a bird's eye view of the surroundings and chalets to camp overnight.
- Opening Hours: 8am - 6pm
- Address: Ayer Keroh, Melaka
- Tel: (606) 232 8401
Air Keroh Lake
The Ayer Keroh Lake is another tranquil spot to relax by. Those into water sports can rent boats and canoes to paddle around in the lake. The lake also holds excitement for anglers as there are prized game fishes such as grass carps and snake head fish living in its waters.
Facilities such as a jogging path, playground and eating kiosks are available for you and your family to enjoy a fun picnic.
- Address: Jalan Ayer Keroh, 15 km east of Melaka Town Melaka, Malaysia
- Tel: (606) 283 6538
The Agropark, also located in the vicinity of Sungai Udang, is just 20 km away from Malacca city. Sprawling over 65 acres of green terrain, the park is dedicated to teaching the public about the agricultural industry.
Visitors can visit fruit orchards, vegetable farms or relax by lakes, ponds and gardens. There are also playgrounds and a site for camping.
- Address: Sungai Udang Block A, Level 1, Wisma Negeri, Jalan Hang Tuah, 75300 Melaka
- Tel: (606) 353 1353
The Butterfly farm doesn't just stock more than 200 species of butterflies, but an impressive collection of 400 rare insects.
Some of the prominent butterflies you'll see her include the Rajah Brooke and massive Birdwing. There are also bird and mammals on display, from Cockatoos to Barn Owls and Giant Squirrels to Estuarine Crocodiles. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 8.30am - 5.30pm
- Address: 75450 Ayer Keroh, Melaka.
- Tel: (606) 232 0033
One of the largest crocodile farm in the country, the Malaccan farm has over 200 crocodiles of various species including the Siamese, African Dwarf, Humpback and Indian Marsh.
Covering an area of 3.2 hectares, visitors can view the crocodiles from suspended platforms and watch them whip themselves into a feeding frenzy during feeding hours. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 9am - 6pm
- Address: Pusat Pelancongan Ayer Keroh, 75450 Melaka.
- Tel: (606) 232 2349
Melaka Bird Park, hailed as the first open aviary bird park in Malacca, is built on a 1.8 hectare site at the Botanical Garden in Ayer Keroh, Malacca. It has the largest aviary in Malaysia and will be the only bird park in the world to house the largest collection of Malaysian bird species. With nearly 700 bird species calling the lands and waterways of Malaysia home, the bird park aims to protect every species and educate the public by hosting a number of educational and recreational programmes.
The exterior of Melaka Bird Park is impressive: it resembles a downscaled stadium with plenty of greenery and a massive model of a parrot perching on a welcome sign. A pond and mini river (with a few fish swimming inside) is also built with wooden bridges leading to the entrance. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 – 18:00
- Address: Taman Botanikal, Ayer Keroh
- Tel: +606 233 0333
The Melaka Zoo is Malacca's official zoo located in Ayer Keroh. Established since 1963, the zoo has over 1,200 live specimens of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Visited by almost half a million people each year, the Malacca zoo will be an insightful discovery of the richness of Malaysia's wildlife. Visitors can view Malaysian tigers, wild oxen, rare primates and other wonderful creatures. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 9am - 6pm
- Address: Jabatan Perhilitan, 75450, Ayer Keroh, Melaka.
- Tel: (606) 232 4053
Gadek Hot Spring
Located in the district of Alor Gajah, the hot springs in Gadek was in fact discovered not by locals, but English soldiers during the war.
It is believed that the hot spring's waters have healing properties. Regardless, a dip in the water is certainly relaxing and therapeutic for the body. There's also a restaurant and playground to provide additional facilities for visitors.
- Opening Hours: 7am - 9pm
- Address: Alor Gajah, 78000 Melaka.
- Tel: (606) 283 6538
Sungei Udang Recreational Forest
The Sungai Udang Recreational Forest is a relatively new park open for the public's relaxation. Around the main entrance, there is an administrative centre, food stalls, parking lots, playgrounds and other facilities.
Certain fishing spots have been marked along the river and there are trails deeper into the jungle for trekking or camping in the forest at night.