10 Best Things to Do in Ayer Keroh

Best Attractions in Ayer Keroh

Located on the outskirts of Malaysia's historical state, Ayer Keroh is known as the "Green Belt" of Malacca, with trees over hundreds of years old still thriving in this section of the state's many recreational forests. It is also home to a variety of tourist attraction spots, as well as resorts, that are built amidst lush greenery, perfect for visitors who want to explore nature's beautiful sights and sounds. Whether you are up for visiting wildlife up close at the Melaka Zoo or having a splashing good time at the Melaka Wonderland Theme Park & Resort, Ayer Keroh has a multitude of interesting places for you to visit before heading east to the UNESCO World Heritage Site that is Malacca City.

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    Situated approximately 15 kilometres northeast of Malacca town, the Butterfly & Reptile Sanctuary is one of the most visited attractions in Ayer Keroh. Also known as Taman Rama-Rama & Reptilia Melaka, it is home to a collection of animals ranging from beautiful butterflies to more than 20 species of snakes as well as lizards, crocodiles, colourful koi fish, not to mention a few prickly hedgehogs.

    Spread across an 11ha jungle area, the complex is part secondary jungle and part landscaped park. The well-maintained sanctuary was opened in 1991 and is divided into five sections that visitors can walk through and photograph their favourite animals: the Koi River Valley, Butterfly Garden, Reptile Aviary, Wild Photo Lane and Nature’s Art Centre.


    • Opening Hours: Daily 08:30 – 17:30
    • Address: Ayer Keroh, 75450 Malacca
    • Tel: +606 232 0033
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    Mini Malaysia & ASEAN Cultural Park is a cultural park where impressive replicas of traditional Malaysian and ASEAN homes are built and open for visitors to explore. Similar to the Karyaneka Handicraft Centre in Kuala Lumpur, each house contains furnishings, fixtures and works of art depicting the culture of each state or country.

    Located in Ayer Keroh, the Mini Malaysia & ASEAN Cultural Park showcases the country’s 13 states represented with houses that existed during pre-modern Malaysia. Inside each abode, several life-sized wax dummies dressed in respective traditional costumes as well as local handicrafts are placed on display. It is a great place for families, where kids can learn to play traditional Malay games such as congkak (a mancala game of Malay origin) or even hone their skills on an Iban blowpipe. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Open daily from 9.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
      Saturday & Sunday 9.00 a.m to 6.00 p.m.
    • Address: Lebuh Ayer Keroh, 75450 Malacca
    • Tel: +606 232 1331
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    Melaka Zoo

    The second largest zoo in Malaysia, Melaka Zoo is situated 13 kilometres outside Malacca city in Ayer Keroh. It has an impressive collection of over 1,200 animals of 200 different species. The zoo’s highlight is the night-viewing safari when visitors are driven around in a tram to see lit-up exhibits of nocturnal wildlife up and about.

    Established in 1963, Melaka Zoo is spread out across 54 acres and is managed by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks. The complex is home to a variety of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians including the capybara, Malayan gaur, tapir and Malayan tiger. During weekends, the zoo hosts a number of activities such as elephant feeding, bird shows, and keeper talks. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 – 18:00
    • Address: Hang Tuah Jaya, Ayer Keroh, 75450 Malacca
    • Tel: +606 232 4053
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    Malacca Planetarium Adventure Science Centre, aka Melaka Planetarium, is a learning centre dedicated to the exciting world of astronomy and science. Opened in 2009, the planetarium is next to the Melaka International Trade Centre (MITC), approximately 20 minutes from the Ayer Keroh toll plaza. The three-storey complex houses multiple exhibition areas together with a cafeteria, a library and also Malaysia’s largest dome theatre for periodical movie screenings.

    Aimed to spread awareness and cultivate an interest in space science amongst children the Malacca Planetarium offers an insight into the amazing Milky Way, with attractions such as the solar system alley (depicting information about the sun and surrounding planets), and cosmic alley (light boxes with information on deep space objects like black holes and galaxies). The planetarium also has space flight simulators as well as replicas of both the Malaysian satellite and the Hubble space telescope for those who would like a closer inspection of the exploration equipments. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Daily 09:15 – 18:00
    • Address: Kompleks MITC, Hang Tuah Jaya, Ayer Keroh
    • Tel: +606 232 2424
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    Malacca Crocodile Farm

    Malacca Crocodile Farm

    The Malacca Crocodile Farm, more commonly known as Taman Buaya Melaka, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ayer Keroh. Family-friendly and picturesque, the farm is not just home to over 100 species of crocs, but also five different attractions in the surrounding 3.5-hectare park: Malaysia in Miniature, Aviary Bird Park, Reptile House, Mamalia House and Water Recreation Park.

    First opened in 1987, the farm has an impressive collection of crocodiles and alligators, including an enormous American alligator, a stripy-looking spectacled caiman and pale Indian marsh mugger crocodiles. Featuring live shows every weekend and school holidays at 11:30 and 14:30, the reptiles are all housed in manmade, swamp-like conditions similar to their natural habitat. Be sure to grab a picture during the photo taking sessions with baby crocodiles, and catch the heart-stopping action of the feeding sessions on weekends at 11:00.

    • Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 – 19:00
    • Address: Lebuh Ayer Keroh, 75450 Malacca
    • Tel: +606 232 2349
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    Melaka Bird Park

    Hailed as the first open aviary bird park in Malacca, Melaka Bird Park 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 on the importance of the birds towards the environment.

    The Melaka Bird Park also houses a number of birds from other regions such as South America, Asia, Australia and Africa. Aside from the free flying birds, giant aviary and canopy walk (assessable via stairs or elevators), Melaka Bird Park also offer beautiful and natural surroundings of the Ayer Keroh forest. The spacious boardwalk and cascading waterways in the park makes for a relaxing and tranquil activity with family and friends. If you are an aspiring photographer, the Melaka Bird Park provides beautiful views filled with colourful birds and lush greenery. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 – 18:00
    • Address: Taman Botanikal, Ayer Keroh
    • Tel: +606 233 0333
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    Melaka Botanical Gardens

    Melaka Botanical Gardens

    The Botanical Gardens – formerly known as the Hutan Rekreasi Ayer Keroh – was established in 2006 and is encircled by a forest that contains over 300 species of fauna and flora. The cheesy yet cute thing about this park is the collection of giant stone carvings of prehistoric animals – that were indigenous to this area – scattered all around the park. The 92.5 hectare Melaka Arboretum is divided into sections such as the Forestry Gallery, Dinosaur Park and Canopy Walk.

    Lush and tranquil, Melaka Botanical Gardens offers the optimal ambience for leisure activities varying from jungle trekking, hiking, running and camping to boating. For the definitive reading experience, book lovers can head down to the Book Village Malaysia Melaka that is found within the garden. Melaka Botanical Gardens also offers cost-free auto parking, various gardens, as well as a cafe for its visitors.

    • Address: Lebuh Ayer Keroh, 75450 Malacca
    • Tel: +606 231 6095
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    The best way to cool down on a hot and sticky day in Malacca is to do some splashing around at the spanking-new Melaka Wonderland Theme Park & Resort. Built in Ayer Keroh – Malacca’s tourist attraction-laden quarter – the highlights of this multi zone park are definitely its high-speed water slides and thrill rides.

    Surrounded by 360 hectares of natural forests, this brand-new theme park features a whopping two million litres of water. All in all this water theme park features 16 exciting attractions including Lazy & Crazy river, the 1 Big Wave pool, the Adventure Island, Anaconda Twist, The Pendulum as well as a multitude of other attractions. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Tuesday – Friday 11:00 – 19:00, Saturday, Sunday, Public & School Holidays 09:00 – 19:00
    • Address: Lot PT 17178, Lebuh Ayer Keroh
    • Tel: +606 231 3333
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    The World’s Bees Museum

    The World’s Bees Museum

    The World’s Bees Museum (or Muzium Lebah Sedunia) is located at Pusat Pelancongan Ayeh Keroh, Malacca next to Mini Malaysia. This museum was established since 1988 and showcases approximately 250 specimens of beehives and hornet nests. The World's Bees Museum at provides educational knowledge on bees, honey and also sells associated products for visitors to bring back home.

    The museum is divided into different sections where models of different bee species, beehives and traditional tools used for gathering honey are displayed. The objective of the museum is to enhance the general public’s knowledge of bees and its habitat. Visitors can even sample fresh honey juice at the museum - best of all, it is free of charge!

    • Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 – 18:00
    • Address: DT 427, Taman Rama-Rama, Ayer Keroh
    • Tel: +606 233 0887
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    Muzium Orang Asli (Museum of Aborigines)

    Muzium Orang Asli (Museum of Aborigines)

    Situated near the Malaca Crocodile Farm in Ayer Keroh, the Museum of Aborigines was opened back in 1997 and displays the daily appliances and materials used by the natives, namely the Senoi, Jah Huat and Mah Meri tribes. The Museum of Aborigines is designed to replicate a native house which was commonly found in pre-urbanised Malaysia.

    Among the themes exhibited are the aborigines’ fishing methods, agricultural tools, interior house design and weaponry. The main attraction of the Museum of Aborigines is the wedding customs and the funeral ceremonies of these indigenous tribes. Visitors can also view the tribes’ handcraft such as wood carvings and weaving. The Museum of Aborigines is the perfect museum for visitors who are curious and want to learn about the Aborigines’ way of life as well as traditions and beliefs.

    • Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 – 17:30
    • Address: Lebuh Ayer Keroh, 75450 Malacca
    • Tel: +606 282 6526
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