Temerloh is the capital of Temerloh district, Pahang and is situated near the mouth of the Pahang River. With a population of more than 110,000 people, Temerloh is one of Malaysia’s major towns. Apart from the relatively large population, it is also an important industrial town and home to many factories, from automobiles to furniture.
Gunung Senyum, an important archaeological site associated with various myths, efficiently lures nature-lovers with its beautiful nature of stalactites and limestone caves stalagmites. One of the most well-known tales in Gunung Senyum is that of Tok Long, a nobleman who is claimed to have married Puteri Bunian, an elf in this mountain region. Tok Long’s breaking of a promise resulted in his inability to locate his wife, prompting him to meditate till his last breath. The Gua Makam Tok Long Tomb is claimed to be a testament to a lengthy tale passed down through the ages.
The limestone and rock of Mount Senyum are ancient, about 3,000 years old, while the mudstone and shale of the lowlands to the east are believed to be 2,100 years old. Gua Senyum standing at 1,549 metres above sea level is located 68 kilometres south of Temerloh, on the riverbank of Sungai Pahang. The park is located in Jengka, which covers 794 hectares in the Jengka Forest Reserve. Two main mountains exist within the park, Gunung Senyum and Gunung Jebak Puyuh, the former being a popular site for tourists and researchers. It is also surrounded by oil palm plantations.
Gunung Senyum has over 18 limestone caves with various unique and classic names, and among the caves that arouse greater interest to scientific researchers and archaeologists:
If you are intending to explore all the caves, it will take about four hours and maybe more because, in addition to walking, visitors have to climb and crawl in some caves.
Lanchang is a little town with the Kuala Gandah National Elephant Conservation Centre, a sanctuary for elephants. The Department of Wildlife and National Parks of Peninsular Malaysia runs the elephant refuge, which was founded in 1989 within the Krau Wildlife Reserve. Many orphaned elephants are cared for here. The community began to develop into a prominent tourist attraction shortly after tourists discovered the elephant refuge. Kuala Gandah (Lanchang) is the finest location in Peninsular Malaysia to encounter an elephant.
The elephants’ natural foraging grounds shrank in size as a result of agricultural development. Food grew increasingly difficult, and some elephants were found in plantations and even in small settlements looking for food. People are instructed not to kill or injure the animals, but rather to notify the Department of Wildlife and National Parks so that they may be found, treated, and relocated to larger national parks across Peninsular Malaysia (such as Taman Negara).
Over the past 25 years, the Kuala Gandah team (now more than 35 people) has assisted in preventing the further decline of elephant numbers by returning over 400 wild elephants to their natural environment. Some people may consider the elephant sanctuary to be nothing more than a tourist attraction. Although this is somewhat true, it has a significant role in raising public awareness (locals and visitors alike).
Families with children should not miss out on a trip to Kuala Gandah. Kuala Gandah’s close encounter with elephants will enthral youngsters for life. Visitors may watch the elephants eat and bathe; it’s a fantastic experience for children especially. However, only two times a day, visitors are allowed to visit the elephants to reduce stress on the creatures. The bathing of the elephants is also only possible when the water levels are high enough. Besides that, a documentary on elephant translocation activities, shot with National Geographic at the centre is broadcast a few times daily and should also not be missed–weekdays at 1 pm, 1.30 pm, and 2 pm (on Fridays only), and weekends at 12.30 pm, 1 pm, and 1.30 pm.
In 1982, the Gaur (bos gaurus) breeding centre in Jenderak, Temerloh, was established with the primary objective of providing a safe haven for the endangered Gaur, often known as “seladang” among Malaysians. The centre has 27 animal enclosures and paddocks, all of which are housed on a 20-hectare site. The seladang is Malaysia’s second-largest land mammal, after the elephant.
The seladang were formerly free to roam in the rainforest, where lowland river valleys are their preferred grazing grounds. However, the seladang were forced to abandon their original habitats as a result of logging and the widespread development of farmland and housing. In addition, the reserve maintains a sambar deer breeding program. There are now about 40 animals in residence, but small bachelor herds of one male and several females are kept in separate cages.
The reserve is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week, 365 days a year except on Chinese New Year and Hari Raya Haji. Free guided tours are available for groups of at least five, though 15 people can visit as a group without guides if they have been pre-registered with the reserve.
Set in a rainforest near Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary and Krau Wildlife Reserve at Bukit Rengit Lanchang, Pahang, the beautiful and untouched natural environment is teeming with plants and animals. Learn about the jungle and connect with your spiritual essence. Feed the animals and enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer, which include wild creatures such as monkeys, deer, snakes, sun bears, as well as about forty herbal plants. The park has about 30 Indonesian deers living in its vicinity. The privately owned and managed Deerland Park is situated about 2 kilometres outside the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary in Pahang. Therefore those who plan to stop by there should undoubtedly visit this wonderful attraction as well.
Kubang Gajah Waterpark, a budget-friendly waterpark with a wide variety of water games is a perfect getaway for locals and visitors from neighbouring towns. There are several pools at this water theme park, including a “river” pool and a small pet show. Furthermore, because the pools are not too deep and child-friendly, they are appropriate for children of all ages to enjoy. It is open from early morning to late evening and is very busy at peak hours and during the holiday season.
If you’re bringing a large group, you may rent a hut. Aside from that, the pools are surrounded by gazebos, tables, and chairs, making it easy to keep an eye on children. Restrooms and food stalls are also available, with good cuisine at lower pricing. The best part is that you are welcome to bring your own food.
The Pahang International River Rafting Expedition was founded in 2001 by the State Government of Pahang. This event is designed to bring attention to the Pahang River as a recreational destination for nature and adventure tourists. “Discover The Extraordinary Pahang River” is one of the campaign’s slogans.
For those who seek a challenge during their trips, Temerloh is a wonderful starting and conclusion point for any journey through Pekan. Chat with the locals because they are used to such tourism activities. They can construct a bamboo raft to your exact measurements and pricing is always negotiable. You should bring with you the following items: a sleeping bag, basic camping equipment, food, insect repellent, plastic canvas, clothing, and provisions. On your outward journey, you may stop at any settlements along the route to acquire food supplies and spend the night. The sandbar is a wonderful place to pitch your tent. This activity should be done during the day and the optimum period is between March and October.
With many nature based attractions as well as a river rafting challenge posed to travellers who decide to head to Temerloh for a holiday, something that can be assured is a trip filled with extraordinary sights, beautiful sceneries as well as an abundance of memories that will be created as you head from one attraction to the next.