18 June 2010

Hutan Lipur Berkelah

I've heard of this place a few times before but never really had a chance to go there. Pandan Waterfalls & Berkelah Waterfalls are the two popular waterfalls in Kuantan. Been to Pandan Waterfalls a few times before but never to Berkelah despite all the good stories about this place.

It is not that often I gotta spend such a long holiday in Kuantan which is why I'm taking this opportunity to explore one of the few parts of Kuantan that I've never been to. Though I was born & breed in Kuantan, there are still a few places that I'm alien to - let alone Pahang, the biggest state in the Peninsular of Malaysia.

Hutan Lipur Berkelah is located about 50 km from Kuantan town. It can be easily accessed via the old trunk road linking Kuantan & Kuala Lumpur. If you're coming from Kuantan, the entrance road to this spot shall be on the right hand side of the road. It's quite impossible to miss the junction as there's a big signboard by the road side pointing towards the direction.

The destination is approximately 5 km from the main road and is accessible via a narrow, untarred & bumpy road. It is wise to drive very slowly along this road due to it's bad conditions & at some point, you might not be able to detect the incoming vehicles as the view are being blocked with plants from both sides of the road.

The 5 km narrow & bumpy road

Two cars ( mine & my BFF's ) convoyed all the way from Kuantan to this Hutan Lipur. It took us approximately 30 minutes to reach the junction at the main road & another 20 minutes drive along the bumpy road. It's a good thing we went there on Friday coz there are not so many visitors around. In fact we were the first to arrive & having all the luxuries to choose the best spot.

The kids get excited & thrilled the moment the saw the water & jumped in right away. As their body hit the water, they screamed frantically as it was freezing in there. The water was indeed very cold and chilly but refreshing at the same time. Once you are in, you just wanna stay there forever !

One.....two......three.......splashhhh !!!!!

Before going on this trip, I've browse the net to check on this place. There's supposed to be a series of waterfalls somewhere around the area. From what I've read, an hour of trekking up the hill would took you to these waterfalls. We tried following the track further up the picnic site but all we'll end up with is a disappointment. We didnt find any waterfalls - only dried up tracks of river & huge stones which we believe might be one of the said waterfalls ~ sigh ~

The walking tracks which we though would lead us to the waterfall

Anyway, that didnt spoil all the fun we had. There are still plenty of water for us to splash & get ourselves wet. We spent half a day rejuvenating in the cool crisp waters. As what we told ourselves, this is just an introductory trip in getting to know the place & what it can offers. We've in fact planned something ahead to come back here & do more. And I'm so looking forward to that !


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