Monday, June 29, 2015

Kanching Recreational Forest

Welcome to our guest writers : Students from Faculty of Dentistry in MAHSA University

Kanching Recreational Forest is one of the oldest recreation forests in Malaysia.  The Kanching Recreational Forest is just a short drive from Templer Recreation Park, both in between Rawang and Selayang. Both sites are part of the larger forest spanning from Hulu Gombak – Kanching – Batang Kali – Genting Highlands region; and together with the Hulu Selangor – Fraser’s Hill – Bukit Kutu, and Ampang – Hulu Langat – Sungai Lalang regions, they form the Selangor State Heritage Park (Taman Warisan Negeri Selangor).

There are open car parking spaces available here in Kanching, with entry charge per person. The
main entrance of Kanching is a manicured park area, and includes a small souvenir shop and a surau.  As you walk towards the entryway arch into the forest, you will notice the changing rooms facility provided.  Inside the forest, there are a few toilets and some sheltered benches built nearby the waterfalls, but those stop after the top of the third waterfall.

So, enough with the “dry” facts, come to the Kanching Recreational Forest and enjoy the waterfalls and forest here!  The main attraction is the series of waterfalls that cascade through the forest.  The third waterfall, the Kanching Fall, forms a small pool for everyone to wade and swim in and is among the most popular of the swimming areas.  

At the fourth waterfall, you can enjoy the rushing torrent of the river.  Hike up further and enjoy more peaceful areas of the six and seventh waterfall areas.

Despite all this beauty, there is a lot of rubbish as well.  Please do your best to help keep it clean.  Even if you put the rubbish in the bins provided at Kanching, the monkeys tend to take it out and throw it around.  So it is best if you bring your rubbish HOME with you.

Kanching is a great place for picnics, and as a jaunt out of town and into nature.   It can be reached easily from KL city centre, by car via the Duke and Route 1, or you can take a taxi from Batu Caves as it is not far from there.  The KL-Rawang bus #43 from Central Market can take you there as well.   
Be forewarned though, it will be crowded with people, especially in the peak season, so come early!

Get a closer look at the area on this You Tube video:

As with any nature site, you visit it at your own risk.  Be careful at all times.  Always inform someone of where you are going and when you will be back.  Bring plenty of water.  Keep Taman Warisan Negeri Selangor clean - Bring your rubbish home with you!

GPS Coordinates:

3°17'55.6"N 101°37'09.6"E

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