We got up well before the scheduled hour and had our breakfast. Bus for our tour was waiting for us. The scheduled time was 8.30 am but many people in the group came late resulting in the city tour getting delayed by half n hour (A con of group travel). Today we had a city tour planned with the group and we decided to view the bird park (as recommended by some friends) and decided to skip Sunway Lagoon theme park which was scheduled.
We were introduced to a local guide Pramila, an adorable lady. She is a person with roots in India but doesn’t have any relatives in India now. She briefed us with the history of Malaysia which was astonishing. Malaysia was ruled by Britishers just like they ruled India for nearly two centuries. Malaysia is a multi-culturel place with inhabitants from India, China and Malay people. It was initially a Hindu country but now is pre-dominated by Muslims.
The information provided was wonderful and the way it was briefed was awesome. We again went to Petronus Towers to view the buildings from near. During daytime the engineering marvel is a delight to eyes. We clicked pics and then landed in bus again to visit the chocolates outlet. I was not aware that Malaysia has its own choco harvests and the chocolates produced there contains minimal butter ensuring it doesn’t melt at room temperature. We refrained for buying it due to its high cost.
Thereafter we visited the national monument of Malaysia which was built to honour it’s war soldiers. Malaysia is truly an eco-friendly place. The discipline of the residents of worth a mention here. The well maintained infrastructure is a proof.
Post the war memorial, we headed towards KL Bird Park without the group. Pramila and Karl did try to convince us to do the sunway lagoon theme park but we didn’t agree for the reason theme parks are there in Mumbai (Essel World, Imagica, Water Kingdom) but no prominent bird Park. We started our way and got in an electronic hop-on (a vehicle for roaming around the area) near the park for 15RM.
The driver / captain as they call the drivers was a great guy. He asked us our country and upon telling India he immediately blurted “oh Shahrukh Khan”. He also sang a Hindi Song for us from a recent movie of his. He showed us around the Botanical Garden, The canopy and The Deer Park. Such lush greenary amidst the bustling city is worth a visit.
We then entered the KL Bird Park. Ticket costed 63RM per person. The Bird Park was huge (20.9 acres). Divided into 4 zones based on the type of birds. There are around 3000 birds with 200 species. Almost 80% of the birds roamed around freely (even friendly to tourists) without any fear. They were ready to get clicked by thousands of visitors. It was beautiful. Best was the Bird Show that we viewed in Zone 4.
We were delighted to cover the entire Bird Park with loads of pictures. We wanted to see the butterfly park but we ran out of money. We caught the teksi back to hotel. After few minutes of rest and getting the currency exchanged, we headed to Menara to view the skydeck. The cost to go upto the skydeck was 100 RM per person which was totally worth it. View was spellbounding and serene.
Fell hopelessly in love with the city. There were 2 skydecks above made of glass where one could stand and click pics. I was scared to death while standing on the 330 ft glass floor, nevertheless I did manage to stand and managed to get great pics. From 1 of the skydeck, we could again see the Twin Towers. We spent time there waiting for sunset so we could get pics of the illuminated Towers in the background. It was totally worth it.
Elated we returned back to the hotel for diner (a bit late). Retired for the day ecstatic.