Saturday, July 16, 2011

Kenyir Lake

Posted by Hashim Abd Ghani On 4:20 PM
Kenyir Lake is the largest man-made lake in Southeast Asia. Sharing its border with Kelantan in the west and Pahang in the south. This immense lake also serve as another gateway to Taman Negara. The lake covers 260 km² and contains 340 small islands, which were once hiltops and highlands, more than 14 waterfalls, numerous rapids and rivers. Because the lake is a reservoir, the water level can vary depending on the month. The water level is highest (and the lake consequently the most beautiful) in March and April. Kenyir Lake became one of the most magnificent tourist sports in Terengganu as well as in Malaysia. Kenyir luxurious forest is located in the district of Hulu Terengganu and it is believed that the rain forest is the world oldest tropical rainforest. The forest also serves as a part of Malaysia National Park.

Kenyir Lake is also home to numerous species of freshwater fishes and exotic wildlife. With a water catchment area of 38,000 hectares, the lake is naturally a haven for freshwater fish. A recent study revealed that there are some 300 species of freshwater fish dwelling in the lake. The presence of dead trees around the lake serves as a perfect breeding ground for these fishes. Algae growing on dead trees and branches serve as the main form of sustenance for the fishes. From studies and observations conducted by the Department of Fisheries, species such as the big Lampam Sungai (Barboides), Kelah (Malaysian Mahsee), Toman (Snakehead), Kawan (Friendly Barb), Kalui (Giant Gouramy) and Kelisa (Green Arowana) are found in waters and around dead trees.


The jungles of Kenyir are home to some endangered species, such as Asian Elephants and Malaysian tigers .Kenyir Lake is rich in various flora and fauna. One of its nature’s attraction is the waterfall. There are three popular waterfalls here : Lasir, Soak and Tembat. Lasir is the most beautiful waterfall and is most suitable for bathing, water immersing and swimming as they have natural ponds. The waterfalls are beautiful with many stages upstream. Saok, the sloping waterfall is near Pengkalan Gawi, is also the area visited frequently, but does not have large ponds like the one in Lasir Waterfall.


Although an artificial lake, the area has been successfully developed for eco-tourism, and there are many resorts around its shores. Fishing is popular, as are jungle treks, waterfalls and caves. According to the locals, the best season for fishing is August when the water level is lower. Popular spots for jungle trekking are Pengkalan Gawi, Bewah at National Park, along the rivers of Soak, Lasir, Tembat and Lawit. Kayaking, canoeing, boating, rafting and shooting rapids are among the many water sport activities available here.



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